Have you forgotten?
Posted on March 05 2017
What makes one person believe that they are worth everything and another feel like they are worth nothing? The environment we grow up in plays a huge part in forming our opinions on what we think we’re worth, so do the people we surround ourselves with. Ultimately however, self worth begins and ends with the self. No one can add or take away from who we truly are and certainly no words or actions can actually diminish the true self.
If this is the case, why do so many of us settle for less than we’re worth? From unfulfilling jobs, marriages and relationships to friendships that neither show respect nor value for who we are; what is it that makes it okay for us to rationalize the small way in which we view ourselves? My theory is that we’ve simply forgotten.
Who do you think you are?
I’ve heard the words “As a man thinketh, so is he” for most of my life. Ask someone about who they think they are and they’ll rattle off words about their job, where they went to school, marital status, recent accolades, etc. The interesting thing is that in spite of our fluctuating and rambling thoughts, who we truly are doesn’t change. It never has and it never will. If an eagle is raised amongst chickens and begins to act like a chicken; if he never learns to fly, eats whatever he can find on the ground instead of soaring above its prey and snatching up the cream of the crop; if he settles for less than what he is worth, it’s not because he stopped being an eagle, he simply forgot who he truly is.
Who you may think you are could change at any given time, based on your mood, financial status, age, societal expectations and many other factors –which is why it’s important to go beyond the mind and thoughts to remember. After all, “it wasn’t through the mind, through thinking, that the miracle that is life on earth or your body were created and are being sustained.” (Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now)
Who do you know you are?
Knowing is the key. Some of us know in a big way, without doubt and with every ounce of certainty we can muster. For others, it’s a small and still piece of us; a flickering light that refuses to go out in a dark and shapeless world. Whatever the size, knowing reminds us of what we’ve buried and what we’ve forgotten. Knowing reminds us of the greatness within –it reminds us of what we’ve felt inklings of but refuse to let ourselves believe. Knowing reminds us that the light within is so great that it can never be doused nor trampled upon by another.
It reminds us that we are beyond the 9-5, bills, shaky relationships and our life situations. It reminds us that we are gifted and do have the power to shape our existence in collaboration with Life. Most importantly, it reminds us that we are creative souls, part of the universal mind, choosing to have a human experience. The words “I AM” are probably the most powerful words you’ll ever utter as a human being. Knowing floods those two words with light. Suddenly, we begin to truly live the life we deserve, the life we were always meant to live.