If 2020 hasn’t taught you anything else, I hope it has taught you to thine own self be true – for that has been the greatest lesson for me.
Not for selfish reasons that lead to a “Me, Myself and I” existence – we’ve seen on a large scale in our daily lives this year how that level of self-focus can be destructive.
Yet, in honoring who you are and where you are
and embracing your life’s work,
your heart’s dreams,
your purpose and responsibilities,
your inner beauty, quirks and flaws,
your tribe of friends and loved ones to nurture and cherish,
you honor the God who created you.
Loving yourself as you are, while leaning into the best version of yourself that is to be, is the gateway to your joy.
Your path won’t look like anyone else’s, so focus forward, and prepare to greet 2021 armed with truth, confidence, hope and more love.
By Stacy Hawkins Adams
Last week I decided to bake homemade oatmeal cookies for my son, but it was cold and dark outside and I didn’t feel like driving to the store to buy the brown sugar and raisins that the recipe called for and my pantry lacked.
Rather than give up, I pulled an “old school” cook’s move and substituted with what was on hand.
The all-purpose sugar and pure vanilla extract worked wonderfully, and though the cookies weren’t as “tan” as usual, the way they quickly vanished were proof that they were a hit. (He asked for more this weekend.)
So what’s the moral of this Monday Morning Musing? This right here:
Conditions won’t always be perfect. Everything you think you must have to succeed won’t be on hand. But leap anyway.
Make trial-and-error tweaks as needed. Operate in excellence.
Embrace imperfections that arise as your unique offering to the process.
Believe. Press on. Enjoy the journey.
Birth that vision. Give hope to others who are watching you.
If you’ll just get started, the rest will unfold when needed – or turn out better than you could have imagined.
Count it all joy:
The blessings that bring you happiness
The lessons that lead to wisdom
The heartbreak that teaches you empathy
The hope that helps you grow.
Comprise your daily gift – the life that only you get to live.
© Stacy Hawkins Adams