Nothing destroys hope and trust more than feeling insecure. The opposite of insecurity is strength. What does it mean to be strong? Looking around we can see the strength of an authority figure like a boss who dominates others. With or without consent they take charge and make it clear that only their will, their desires and emotions are important. This is a sad distortion of true strength. Society rewards this distorted strength by giving some people power and millions of others seem more than happy to give away their power to those who appear strong. All of this comes about because we haven’t learned how to be strong inside ourselves.
In practical terms becoming strong feels like a puppy who is safe only beside its mother until its curiosity lures it into the outside world. At first the puppy rushes back to its mother’s side when it feels unsafe. But over time standing on its own feels natural and right. It has no more desire to be protected by another.
The self behaves the same way. It starts out needing protection or the illusion of protection by clinging to externals like money, status, ego strokes, the bonds of relationships, developing a fit body, etcetera. These are good things on their own. But they aren’t good if they reinforce the attitude of “me against the world” or “us versus them”, in other words, a defensive posture. The secret is to experiment with standing up for yourself, speaking your truth, holding fast when you must and always taking responsibility.
When your inner strength and hope gets activated you realize there was never a “you against the world” or “us versus them”. There was only the power of hope in your consciousness and the reality it constructs.
The message here is learn to love yourself, like you did when you were a child. Nurture yourself. Grow. Know that you are the best you can be…today. Your past is the past and you’ve grown immensely from your experiences. The future is not here yet so don’t go there. Stay in the moment and realize all of your gifts. No comparing your gifts with those of others. Your gifts are your gifts…unique to you…special. Give away those gifts. Make someone’s day. A smile. A hug. An open ear. Be yourself. Love yourself.
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