#60: You Are THE gift!

Going into this holiday season, I want to remind you of something.

We are surrounded by gifts. Giving gifts, getting gifts, pictures of gifts, fake gifts to put up for decor, gifts are everywhere.

And then everyone’s talking about, “oh, this is your gift,” and “you need to lean into that gift.” “You’re such a gifted writer. You’re such a gifted speaker. You’re a gifted chef.”

There’s all this talk about gifts.

By the way, I have no problem with gifts. Christmas is one of the few times I actually feel comfortable accepting gifts.

The thing that I don’t like about the word gift being everywhere, is the fact that we don’t recognize that we are the gift.

You don’t recognize that you are the gift.

I highly doubt there’s going to be anything more grateful for this holiday season than you. The fact that you are listening to this right now just lights me up. Why is that such a big deal?

One, you chose to wake up today. That’s a big deal to me.

Two, you chose to read this post. So not only did you make the conscious decision that you were going to live another day, but you also made the decision to grow.

No one listens to this podcast just for fun. I talk about a lot of really heavy stuff. So you chose to grow. You know the amount of hope that gives me for the world?!

You know the amount of hope that that gives me when I think about girls and women all over the world who have gone through what you’ve gone through and they don’t know that healing is possible. But the fact that you are choosing it, you’re showing other women that healing is possible.

You are the ulitmate gift.

You bring so much light into the world and you deserve so much more than you could ever imagine.

You’re not obligated to share this gift with everyone.

Not everyone is obligated to receive a gift. Not everyone is obligated to your attention or energy.

The people who put you down don’t deserve a gift. Would you give the school bully a gift for calling you names? No. So why are you giving the gift of your energy to other people who put you down? Who don’t recognize or maybe they do recognize but they just don’t want to see it.

You are incredibly important.

Take a moment and say the following out loud: I am worthy.

Whatever pops in your mind, whatever resistance you felt when you said that, you’re worthy of it.

There are some situations that come up in your mind and you say “I’m not worthy of that, though. I know I don’t deserve that.”

The fact of the matter is you do you do deserve that.

You are worthy of it.

Regardless of whether you believe it or not doesn’t change the fact that it’s true.

You’re worthy of every hope and dream that you have. You’re worthy of the love, trust, respect, understanding that you were deprived of. You are worthy of a life of free of fear, a life of independence and confidence.

You are worthy. Internalize that.

Because you are walking around thinking that you don’t deserve that.

You’re thinking to yourself,

“I want it so bad, but it can’t be mine. I’m not worthy of it. I could never do that. I’m too fat or too thin. Too tall or too short. I’m too rich, I’m too broke. Too ugly or too pretty. I’m too much. I’m not enough.”

You are enough. As you are. Right now.

You deserve that dream and you’re capable of achieving it. The only thing left to do is to make the decision to move forward.

It’s already yours. You are worthy of it and it’s waiting for you just have to choose to go after it. You’re worth more than you could ever understand. You have so much more potential in you than you could possibly see.

I’m so proud of you.

I’m proud of you for going after your dreams and choosing to heal.

I am so proud of you for taking your power back, your life back. I am so happy you exist. The world needs you. You are a gift. You are worthy, end of story.

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