“It’s not my job to encourage…”
I can’t tell you just how many times I have heard this phrase uttered in the work place, churches, circles of friends, doctor’s office waiting rooms, in the everywheres of our everyday lives… Our hearts should break for the broken. Wide open. We don’t have to have walked their journey, we don’t have to understand, we don’t even have to agree. These are not prerequisites for encouragement or empathy. Our hearts should break with the broken. And with that breaking comes the responsibility to reach out a hand, smile, and love.
And so, oh sweetest sister and brother, it very much is our job. In fact, it’s one of the many reasons why — why we’re all here… to courageously encourage one another. Because it is an act of courage. To not judge and just give love and spread light — in all of this darkness… ❤
Because there’s a battle raging. Don’t know if you’ve noticed. But it’s out there. And the causality is our souls. I’m not talking brimstone or pearly gates. I’m talking hope. And some souls are throwing in the towel. Giving up too soon. Finding no home, no resting place, no validation, no welcome, no receiving handshake or warm hug. Not even being able to muster of the vaguest memory of one that can carry them over with some sort of perseverance until that next time. It’s getting pretty bleak out there. And our surmounting apathy for one another is one of the fastest growing and darkest of evils. “It’s not my problem…” until.it.is. I’m tired of losing souls to hopelessness.
It is very much our jobs — all of us being a part of this human race — and we should just generally give a damn about each other — and a job because it does take time and thoughtfulness, effort, persistence and work. We have to look past ourselves, our noses, our ideology, our theology, our own comfort. We have to think past ‘selfie’. We have to think humanity.
And yes, I’m talking an every waking day conscious undertaking — to get up in each other’s faces and remind one another of just exactly who we are. To help one another focus on the all of us — so that we can see that we are more than just our toil, blood, skin and our bones. To turn us towards our divine. To help us remember that we are precious, we are sacred, we are eternal and holy. What miracles we are!
And in all of that amazing is this rather huge bit of humility — that every single breath we take is a gift. A blessed gift that can be taken from our lungs at any moment. So in these moments that are really ours only in the most arbitrary of senses, we can choose to give love, and hope, and to spread the kind of joy that doesn’t depend on circumstance — but on an ever-present and sustainable spirit that says ‘you are enough simply because you are you — and in that you is purpose.’ And we can choose not to waste it, simply by sharing it, and by encouraging that purpose in others.
And that purpose doesn’t have to be deemed as something superstar lofty to be legitimate. It doesn’t have to be ridiculously grand. It simply has to be. You can go ahead and settle into who you were created to be and get good and comfortable with the authenticity of that. No manufactured or contrived outcome required. Just you. Showing up and being you. Man that’s brave. Seriously brave. Owning the all of who your are and your story. Serving. Giving. Shining you. Beautiful you. And no one gets to judge that — I’m not saying no one will — but you continue on in your purpose. Because you can. Because you get to. And because no one gets to diminish or determine your value. We’re all just people. And all the big and small that is. You are here. You exist. You are breathing. And you are always enough. Now.go.be.that. Wow. THAT is freaking radiant. And only YOU can do that. That’s right. Sounds cliché, I know. But really, only you have the power to add your fingerprint, your light…
So in all of this forsaken darkness, go and be that light. And please don’t stop shining. Some times that light of ours may be a little dimmer than others — I mean, we’re human in all of our bones, toil, blood and skin and divine as well (and hiding under blankets just sounds better than being all brave and super woman or mannish on some days — I so get it — but just keep it lit, okay? Keep it burning. Keep it glowing.) And try again tomorrow… ❤
Yes, dearest ones, it very much IS our job. To help one another keep that light burning. One of our most sacred — this encouraging one another business. This building up of one another. In this battle where darkness seeks to relentlessly rage on and make all of us feel so helpless and hopeless — we are called to shine like stars in the universe. We must courageously encourage. We must be one another’s hope keepers.
It is the resistance.
It is also brave. It is also strong. It also just may take all you have. Because there are so many broken hearts and spirits out there. There are so many people hurting. And if you can’t see it, you’re simply not looking hard enough… There is so much that is pushing us all down — fighting to take out our light. So many light snuffers. But we can. We SO very much CAN. It is who we are courageously called to be.
To make sure that every single being on this planet understands that there’s a seat for all of us at this ginormous table. Where everyone is welcome. Humanity is an inclusive gig — this blood, bones, and divinity ensemble. Pull up a chair. Take a load off. I see you. And I am reminded when I look at you, that I get a glimpse at the face of God. And what a treasured and holy miracle that is. You may call him something else — but I see him in you…
Please don’t give up. Dark looks so powerful sometimes, doesn’t it? But it only takes a tiny spark. Just one seemingly insignificant ember to glow in all that black stuff. Courage, love. Such miniscule specks, so they appear, those radient stars in they sky. But you can’t count them all now, can you? It’s not our size, it’s not our strength in the world’s eyes, it’s not anything darkness likes to throw in our faces and measure. It’s that little light inside… ❤
And that light is divine. There is no greater power. And the love, hope, and all things amazing and albeit magical that come from that? Well, we know that love always wins. Always. Even when it doesn’t look like it. Because love is never, ever given in vain. Never lost. And always worth it. Because it’s not in the getting of it, it’s in the giving of it. The putting out there. Just.keep.shining.
I see you. I love you. And why don’t you take a minute to encourage that person next to you? We could all use a little bit more — the fanning of our own sparks, yes?
And with that kind of love and thoughtfulness for one another? Man, we can light up this whole world. ❤ ❤ ❤
Namaste, loves… (yeah, I see that gorgeous light in you)