Okay, so PLEASE, take 20 minutes and watch this video. It changed my life. Not in that cliche quote way. It legitimately changed my life. A dear friend showed it to me a little over a month ago. I've been resisting posting it, because it felt really personal, because it really affected me. I'm ready to share it. [Not that it's mine to share, but still, you get my point] I think this is really really really important.
"This is what I have found: to let ourselves be seen, deeply seen, vulnerably seen; to love with our whole hearts, even though there's no guarantee --and that's really hard, and I can tell you as a parent, that's excruciatingly difficult -- to practice gratitude and joy in those moments of terror, when we're wondering, "Can I love you this much? Can I believe in this this passionately? Can I be this fierce about this?" just to be able to stop and, instead of catastrophizing what might happen, to say, "I'm just so grateful, because to feel this vulnerable means I'm alive." And the last, which I think is probably the most important, is to believe that we're enough. Because when we work from a place I believe that says, "I'm enough," then we stop screaming and start listening, we're kinder and gentler to the people around us, and we're kinder and gentler to ourselves."