Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.Marianne Williamson
If you have taken a look around this website, or followed me on Twitter, you might be wondering exactly what is going on here. Reasons to Be? Conscious Leadership? A Workplace That Works? A Podcast on a book from 2008? Trust me, it all ties together…the tagline is ‘an evolution of connection’.
We are, first and foremost, human beings and it is my sincere belief that we are here in this life to express our unique purpose – or Reason to Be. Amid the hustle and bustle of everyday life, with the interpersonal challenges we have, with our differences in politics and religion, we need an oasis to tune in to who we really are. From that place of BEing, we can offer so much to the world that otherwise remains suppressed, repressed or oppressed.
One of our greatest problems in being human is the notion that we are not good enough – a message that gets pounded into us every day with advertising, workplace structure, propaganda, education, the opinions of family, friends and complete strangers. We act out in ways that are extremely harmful to one another and to the planet, whether this happens at home, at work or even going shopping. There is always a need to ‘be better than’.
For some strange reason, the structure of our entire society is based on this insecurity, this fear, this need…and there is the implication that it could very well collapse without it. So what if it does? Wouldn’t that simply make way for a more peaceful, creative and connected new civilization?
People are breaking out of the old societal constraints and building a more collaborative economic approach within their communities, where there is value to being human and value to the unique gifts that each of us brings to the whole. Utopian? No, just human.
While we learn our methods of being in this world from our youngest years – healthy or not (mostly not, since 85% of American/Canadian households are considered dysfunctional) – they become compounded over the years until we forget that we are, in fact, incredibly creative with an immense capacity for joy. As an adult, how many places have you worked or volunteered that allowed you to express that? I’m not talking about the work itself…we are very lucky if we can find work that is so close to a true expression of who we are; I’m talking about the environment.
With business supposedly being in existence simply for the exchange of goods and services, why should working in one impact who we are if we are doing our jobs? With non-profits existing to serve a purpose and with government existing to serve the people, why does the hierarchical structure mean that some humans are more important than others? We’re all people, for crying out loud. Misery exists at every level of whichever ladder we’re climbing, so why not cut the nonsense of power and control and remember that we all want the same thing…to be happy, fulfilled and ourselves.
You can see where I’m going with this, right? There is nothing childish about creative self-expression or unadulterated joy. That is who we are and I am here to remind you that the sooner we remember it, the faster we can get on with creating a healthier society for ourselves and future generations.
It all starts with you.