When I was growing up in Trinidad, I used to hear older people telling younger people (mainly younger girls) that “they were too full of themselves.”
Often times that phrase was followed by a swift beating…a lesson that would serve to “put you back in your place.”
I accepted it as truth, that women should NOT be full of self. That being full of self was boasting and bragging and evil and only the Devil made one do that.
I have CHANGED my mind!
Today, I am FULL OF SELF!
It took a lot of hard work to kick the old beliefs to the curb and watch the bus run over them and kill them in front if my eyes.
I began to change my mind when I began to believe that my gifts and talents were worthy of being shown.
I decided to stop hiding my light under a basket.
Lights and skills and talents need to be placed on high to do the best good.
What good is knowing how to sing and only singing to oneself?
What good is knowing how to lead and never taking the reins as the leader?
In case you were waiting for someone to give you permission to be Full of Self… I’m giving it to you now.
Go forth and be Full of your BEST SELF!
Will people say that you are bragging? Maybe.
Will people say you should be less in their face? Maybe.
The bigger question is…
What will you say to the talents and gifts that have been patiently waiting in the shadows?
Will you ask them to be quiet for another year or two or ten?
What if you ONLY have a few years left?
The truth is this. None of us know how much time we have left so we MUST use all that we have to make this world a better place.
One of my favorite quotes is from Erma Bombeck.
“When I stand before God at the end of my days, I want to say, I have nothing left I used it all.”
I want this to be my utterance also.
I invite you to use all your gifts and talents, start TODAY!
Love and light,