"It’s wonderful how we all can inspire each other when speaking from our hearts." – Joe
I recently heard Maria Shriver talk about the thoughts and life circumstances that led up to the writing of her new book. Though she lives a life that most of us wouldn’t even dream of, it was interesting to see that as she shared from her heart, it resonated with hundreds of other women. It wasn’t her circumstances they could relate to, it was her thoughts and feelings.
Speaking from our hearts… it’s not necessarily an easy thing to do. For some of us, it may feel scary or risky or leave us with an uncomfortable sense of vulnerability. For others, it can bring strength and affirmation to who we are. If it should happen to be real and authentic, it can also bring a great deal of satisfaction to see that it resonates with others. Whether it’s Maria or me, Joe, or any one of you, we can inspire others when we speak from our hearts.
In this amazing journey that we call life, who you are really does make a difference. We give much time and attention to what we do, but in the end, it’s really who we are to others that remains. If you have children, you may have been struck by the things that they remember. It is not necessarily the trips and toys that we work so hard to provide for them. That enjoyment is only temporary. What I have found that our girls remember are traditions, situations that we found ourself in, or characteristics of any one of us that stood out in time. We have some great lines that we all remember too. What they all have in common, however, is time we spent together, just being who we are.
There are really no adequate words to express true love or deep sympathy. We do our best and may from time to time look for just the right card or gift, but there is no substitute for the person’s presence and their willingness to communicate those feelings from their heart.
So this week, I encourage you to speak from your heart. Stay true to who you are, with the understanding that who you are is good enough. Show up everyday. After all, an authentic life is one of the most inspiring things of all!
Continue to take good care of each other.