The holidays can be a major trigger for feeling as if we’re not enough: not successful enough, not smart enough, not thin enough, not young enough, not old enough, not rich enough, et cetera. Also, it can bring on feelings of too much: too opinionated, too talkative, too introverted, too sensitive, and so on. It’s easy to fall into the trap of expectations of how we’re “supposed” to be, or seeing ourselves as flawed.
This holiday season and moving forward, I invite you to remember how pearls are formed. When an irritant, a grain of sand or a parasite enters an oyster; the oyster’s reaction is to protect itself by layering the irritant with beautiful pearlescent coating. Over time, the result is a beautiful, unique treasure that is a gift to the world.
Just like the pearl, our life experiences, the highs and the lows, our idiosyncrasies, our distinctive journeys are creating layers and layers of rare marvels right before our eyes.
Remember your unique story, your grit, and your matchlessness are rare gemstones that paint this world with beauty.