I recently found myself in memory lane filled with various emotions, mostly true life lessons. I thought back to one homework moment with my 10-year-old who was 8 then. It was a storybook about a morning when the wind and the sun engaged in a competition to establish who could get a certain man’s jacket off. They acknowledged how different they were and admitted their respective abilities. Yet still found this exercise worth their time.
The wind blew his hardest to get the job done, yet his effort and display of abilities turned a beautiful morning into stormy weather and true chaos. He unfortunately failed, and the man held on to the jacket even tighter. The wind was discouraged, tired and thinking, “Maybe I’m just not good enough!”
Then it was the sun’s turn. With all his abilities, he effortlessly chose to smile and be kind to the man, he did what came naturally on the morning when the sun was needed. As the story goes, the sun managed not only to brighten and warm up the day but his implacable timeous effort was needed to turn the stormy morning into a warm morning that caused the man to willingly take his jacket off!
Through this primary school story, I was reminded that this subconscious behavior we sometimes suffer from, of weighing ourselves and our potential by comparing ourselves to others is a total no brainer and waste of the beautiful people we all are. It’s the reason why we forget to be authentic, smile and be kind to others and ourselves. Now we’re forced to walk around masked, pleasing others. It’s the reason why we’re so exhausted, blew with all our strengths, only in lanes not meant for us, and why we’re left as unfulfilled and unhappy people.
We owe it to ourselves to explore who we are and our respective potentials! We have to embrace the fact that some things are for us and some are not. We win when we choose to submit under the magic of time and allow patience to build, believing that at the right time things will willingly fall into place.
Insist on following your passion, Be You and unapologetically so. Invest time in identifying your destined path(s), smile, be kind and become the amazing person you’re meant to be.