I have a story to share with you.
Nancy has asked me to share it, in the hopes that it will serve you.
Nancy is an amazing gal. Just amazing. She has done so many interesting things in her life – it’s inspiring to watch her.
It’s also been confusing sometimes, and occasionally exhausting.
Because although she’s amazing, she never seemed to see it herself. She kept pushing and pushing and pushing, like nothing was ever enough.
She came to me because she was exhausted and wanted to give up.
But somehow she knew there was something more out there if she could just find it. If she could just figure out the right question to ask or find the right work or me et the right teacher.
Something I had said about never settling really resonated with her. She didn’t know what she was settling for but was determined not to settle for less than what she came here for.
She knew she came here for something good.
And it wasn’t good enough yet.
She didn’t know what to do about that. She just figured it must be time to do something very different.
So we started sorting through her old stories and getting down to what really mattered, what was really true, and what was just a story.
It’s been quite a journey.
She was very, very attached to one particular story.
It had cost her dearly in her life, because she kept looking for other people who would help her prove that it was true.
But so often they didn’t – they had their own story. They didn't believe hers.
You know those blinding flash-of-insight moments you have sometimes?
She had one this morning.
This morning, she suddenly saw that, all her life, her story had been wrong.
(Sorry to say this so bluntly, but those are her words).
She had been totally, completely wrong.
And this is what she is asking me to pass along for her:
What if your story is wrong too?
Her story was very, very simple:
"They don’t want me. I don’t belong here."
And it turns out she was wrong.
As hard as she had tried to prove it, she just couldn’t.
Life wouldn’t let her.
She IS wanted. She IS loved. She IS supported.
Now she’s sitting here in a daze, filled with a beautiful sense of possibility and curiosity about what this means, and how her life will change because of it.
It’s a bit scary, and even more, it's very, very exciting.
Mostly, though – it’s a relief beyond measure, to quit fighting the real story.
So Nancy wanted me to pass it on.
Life wants you to live.
Life wants you to love life.
Life wants you to love YOUR life.
Life is asking you to question any story that denies life.
What if you could surrender an old story?
What story would you surrender?
Because you CAN love your life.
I see you. I would love to help you see yourself.
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" Mary Oliver