Many years ago my father wrote a song entitled "I Am Somebody". As I write this post I can hear him singing that song, which at the time I thought was so corny and to me the music didn't sound good. However I must admit that it was a catchy tune after all these years I hear it playing in my head often. I don't even remember if the song had verses, all I can remember is the chorus "I Am Somebody". It wasn't even sung... it was more a spoken song if that makes any sense.
It's funny as I get older and reflect back on my childhood, I fully understand how my life's path and experiences have propelled me into my purpose. When I was younger, I never felt like I was enough where my Father was concerned... not good enough, not smart enough, not slim enough, not pretty enough. He really did do a number on my self-esteem when I was younger, but as I got older what I realized was, what he felt about himself he projected on to me.
We often make others feel about themselves the way that we feel about ourselves, whether consciously or unconsciously. What I experienced from my father he experienced from his dad. My father's dad always questioned his decisions specifically when it came to his career choice. My father always wanted me to follow the path of his career but there was nothing in me that was leading me in that direction... yes I love to sing, but I love to do it on my terms, and never wanted to do it professionally.
My father was an entertainer who owned his own recording and television studio. He wanted all of his children to be a part of his business and often said that he did what he did so his children wouldn't have to work for anybody. What he really meant though was he did what he did so his children could work for him and with him!
For a long time, even though I didn't follow his path but rather followed my own, I felt that my father was not accepting of me or what I did. Eventually I had to realize that it really didn't matter what others felt about what I did, or who I was. I needed to learn how to embrace my uniqueness, my gifts and what I believed was my calling and purpose. Nobody else could do that for me.
It required that I do alot of introspection... alot of one-on-one time with myself in reflection, meditation and prayer. I had to follow what my heart was calling me to, and in that journey I discovered that I Am Enough... I AM good enough, I AM smart enough, I AM pretty enough, I AM wise enough, I AM ENOUGH!
The underlying root of all fear is not being enough. When we embrace the awareness and truth that we have been equipped and ingrained with everything that we need to fulfill our own individual purpose, we can give ourselves permission to step into the power of WHO we are, and what we are called to do.
When we know WHO we are, others no longer have the power to define us. We don't need to be validated, we don't need to be confirmed and we don't need to be supported. Sure all of these things are nice to have, but when you KNOW like you KNOW like you KNOW, having the support, validation and confirmation from outside sources, no longer becomes necessary for you.
But just in case you still need some validation, support and confirmation here it is....
YOU ARE ENOUGH!! And don't you forget it!
I am a lover of life and a lover of people. When we learn to connect in our heart space, love will be the driving force behind all we do. BE Love, BE Power!