How have you been? Can you believe it’s going to be Thanksgiving next week! It caught me by surprise too. And then before you know it Christmas will be here and then New Year’s and then… *sigh.* I wrote 2017 on a check the other day - that’s where I’m at these days.
But I’m writing to you because I want to remind you of something. You know what, I’m proud of you. I’m proud of all you’ve been and done. I think it’s amazing that you faced trials and challenges and even though you felt like you were drowning, I’m amazed at how well you stayed afloat. You learned things. You didn’t give up. You fought hard and you tried. And through it all, you encouraged others to do the same.
Now I know what you’re probably thinking: “But there’s so much more I should have done! There’s so much more I should have been. I did so many things so wrong.” So I’ll remind you once again that you are human. And not only are you enough just as you are, you are also worth celebrating.
There is no number on the scale or income level or number of friends that will make you “enough.” One of the biggest secrets to satisfaction in life is simply giving yourself a break. People like you and me - we set the bar way too high and then feel like failures when we don’t measure up to our wildest goals. But all the while we were fighting and doing and learning and growing. So let’s focus on THAT truth for once: that every day that we wake up and get up and love again and fight again we are ENOUGH and we are where we’re supposed to be.
So here’s my question for you now: What do you need to celebrate? It’s probably you. My favorite thing is when I post one of your portraits on social media and your friends comment, “What was the occasion?” and we can remind them that being alive and being who we are is plenty of reason to celebrate.
I hope this encourages you and reminds you how much I care.
All my love,