Begging for humanity: A lesson in letting go – 2023 was supposed to be THE year… The year things settled down… The year things made more sense… The year of crystal clear clarity… The year of ease, joy, and flow… 2023 has been anything but ease, joy, and flow… 2023 has been confusing, chaotic at times, and with many moving parts
2023 has been a year of letting go…
- Letting go of my timelines
- Letting go of needing people to take care of me in ways I would them
- Letting go of what I thought my integrative practice needed to look like
- Letting go of people I thought would be a part of my story for years to come
- Letting go of needing other people to accept me in order to accept myself
- Letting go of expecting others to offer up the same decency and courtesy that they have and would get from me
2023 has also been a year of accepting
- Accepting that when I push life will eventually push back
- Accepting that not everyone is going to see the good intention of my actions
- Accepting that part of being alive and partaking in this human experience means there will be people who reject you
- Accepting that the unimaginable may happen, that people gossip, and that people pleasing ultimately hurts me more
Letting go of the stories of who I am and who I need to be placed on me by family, friends, culture
Accepting that in order to part with these preconceived notions there may be pain in the separation and that even if the pain is purposeful that doesn’t mean I have to like or even enjoy it for it to do what it needs to do.
Which alchemize me into the next version of myself. Thus, if you have had a rough go in 2023 (I know I am not alone)
I want to remind you that, while we live in a world that begs for you to publicly display your humanity + quickly rejects your humanness you cannot experience the depth of pleasure without traversing the depth of pain.
Which means that…
- ❤️Joy and sadness
- ❤️Pleasure and pain
- ❤️Bias and neutrality
- ❤️Success and failure
- ❤️security and insecurity
- ❤️Anger and exhilaration
- ❤️Acceptance and rejection
Are two sides to the same coin; a coin in which we all carry?
A coin, that when flipped, offers up the life/lessons…
Both are equally understood through the experience offered up in this school of life with which we all enroll upon entry into this world.
I don’t always like nor do I enjoy the lessons in different parts of the life curriculum AND; reflectively, they were always perfectly placed. Thus, if life feels messy right now. Remember, this too shall pass and, you aren’t alone (never are)
Deep gratitude to and for those that have played the role of teacher to me… often, this isn’t the easiest role as it entails shaking things up in the name of shifting things.
Big love, T
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