21 Jun I am enough from Tara Sophia Mohr
Enough to Change the World
Sometimes, “I am enough” comes with a quiet surrender to all we can’t do. It’s the recognition of “I am enough, even though I can’t end world hunger.” “I am enough, even without leading a movement of thousands.” “I am enough, just because I am.”
It’s true – we are all glorious beings, overflowing with goodness, and we are enough – without doing a thing. But it’s also important to say, “I am enough to do amazing things.” “I am enough to change the world.”
Chapter 1: There you were, with your love for the world. There you were, pained when you saw hurt done to others. Your heart cried out when you saw war on the news: you knew that was wrong. Your heart winced when you saw the neighborhood boys harming an animal. You worried about the homeless people in your town and asked your parents about them. You were ready to act, because you knew about love and softness and taking care.
Chapter 2: You were told that these emergencies of humanness, were simply “the way the world was.” That you couldn’t fix all the problems . . so better to accept reality and get back to your business. The truth you knew deep in your body, that the hurting ones needed to be cared for? You were told that truth was somehow wrong.
Chapter 3:The coping began. A certain hardness. A slow building of heart calluses. A deep pain within got stored away, and layers formed to cover it.
Chapter 4: Here you are. A woman still unsure: Should I get down and weep about the state of what is, or. . .? Is the world as crazy as it seems to be? Why is no one halting everything and calling a meeting so we can deal with the crimes against humanness we see every day?
Why does most of what I see on the news – not just the events but the way they are being talked about—feel so far from my way of seeing things? What is that voice within that keeps popping up, whispering about how it all could be done in a different way?
This is my story. Is this your story?
Here’s what I try to instill in myself:
My truth is enough to speak. My critique – even if it doesn’t have accompanying solutions yet — is enough to write and publish.
My heart is enough to help change the world.
There is a draft going on, and it is not a draft to fight a war, it is a draft to build peace. Most of us are dodging it, escaping to borders or changing our addresses or just not being home to receive the letter calling us to action.
Showing up for it is not putting your life on hold or leaving your children behind to fight for peace in the streets. It is quite simply: speaking up.
We are dodging the draft with one big excuse more than any other: I am not enough. I am not the one to step up and save the world. It should be someone more qualified, more experienced, more perfect.
The call for all of us is to see that lie for what it is, claim “I am enough” and join the forces of those saying: “The world needs to be different. It needs to become sane and humane again. What I know and who I am are enough to put me on the team. I’m in.”
Love, Tara Sophia Mohr
About Tara Sophia Mohr
Tara Sophia Mohr’s writing and teaching bring feminine wisdom the fore. Her work focuses on helping women cultivate wisdom and joy, and step forward as transformational leaders. She’s the creator of the global Playing Big leadership program for women, the author of The Real Life poems, and is a regular writer for the Huffington Post. Her hybrid path has taken her from the meditation cushion to Stanford Business School. You can receive her free workbook, “10 Rules for Brilliant Women” by clicking here.
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