What Your World Is In Need Of

 Self

The words what is the world in need of swirled around and around in my mind. I contemplated it in relationship to the value of my work in the world. I looked at it through the lens of the intentions that I fiercely hold for my clients. At some point, without notice, the question shifted into something more tangible and I found myself asking instead – what is MY world in need of?

And from there came a lofty and laudable list of words, deep states of grace for anyone to strive for no doubt:

authenticity

love

compassion

 

peace

joy

happiness

 

deep rest

mindfulness

comfort

 

connection

passion

support

 

When thinking about THE world, out tumbled all of these other questions:

 

Who do you think you are?

Who are you to think what you have to offer is important?

Even if you could make a difference, where would you begin?

 

Yet, when it became about MY world, what occurred to me was that it all begins and ends with me and I believe that in order to be a change maker, the same holds true for each of us.

These words can be wonderful gifts when they are lavished upon those that we care for and about. They can be healing when they are directed toward those that we don’t care much for and they are profoundly life-changing when they are directed toward yourself.

There is an idiom that says, “Charity begins at home.” This phrase has come to mean that you should begin by helping your family and friends before you help other people. I believe it goes deeper than that. For me, it means that you should help yourself before you venture to help your family, your friends and the rest of the world.

I can hear those conditioned voices shouting…

“That is so selfish.”

“You are self centered.”

“You only think about yourself.”

 

My reply to them is a resounding yes! Yes, I am selfish. Yes, I am self-centered. Yes, I am thinking of myself because in order to change the world, or at the very least, my corner of it, I have to begin at home, with my breathe and in my body. In order to make change in my outer world, things have to change in my inner world.

In order to provide THE world with what it needs most, I must provide MY world with what it needs most which quite simply is me.

A me – who acts authentically, her heart filled with love and compassion toward herself and others.

A me – who is so filled with a peaceful spirit that joy and happiness just radiate from her eyes.

A me – who is mindful enough to notice and provide deep rest and comfort.

A me – who can reach out in connection with passion and purpose to support others when she is feeling 100% fully herself.

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~Howard Thurman