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Finding Worth and Being Enough



We are through Halloween and it is time to talk about something that becomes increasingly pertinent as we head into the holiday season: finding our worth and feeling like we are enough. In the era of scrolling through the curated lives of others, it's essential to reflect on the messages we send to ourselves.


The Halloween Aftermath: Social Media and Self-Image


We've just experienced Halloween, a time when social media becomes an avenue for sharing creative costumes, intricate decorations, and picture-perfect family moments. But as we scroll through the myriad images of seemingly perfect celebrations, it's easy to fall (deep!) into the comparison trap.

It's important to remember that what we see on social media is often a highlight reel. We're looking at the carefully selected, well-lit, and meticulously edited moments. What we don't see are the behind-the-scenes chaos, the makeup mishaps, and the arguments about costume choices. The perfect photos we see are just a snapshot, not the whole story.


Unpacking "Being Enough"


Feeling like you're enough is not a destination but an ongoing journey. It's a dynamic state of self-acceptance where you recognize that you are valuable just as you are, without needing to be someone else. It's understanding that your worth doesn't hinge on external validation or comparison with others. It is hard, complicated, messy, and did I say hard?


The Role of Community in Discovering Worth


The past few newsletters have talked about community, and for good reason. Surrounding ourselves with the right community is pivotal in this journey of finding worth and feeling like we are enough. A supportive community helps us see all sides of ourselves—the strengths, vulnerabilities, imperfections, and uniqueness.


Seeing Our Worth Through Community's Eyes

  1. Celebrating Imperfections: A genuine community embraces our imperfections. It doesn't expect us to be flawless. It's a space where you can be your authentic self, warts and all.

  2. Validation and Support: Your feelings are acknowledged and your struggles are validated. It's a place where you can share your insecurities and receive the support and empathy you need.

  3. Reflection of Authenticity: The right community reflects back to you your true self. It helps you recognize your strengths, your unique qualities, and your potential. It shows you that you are enough.

  4. Diverse Perspectives: A community that supports your journey to self-worth brings diverse perspectives. It helps you understand that there's no one-size-fits-all definition of being enough. Your worth is as unique as you are.


Building a Community that Nurtures Self-Worth

  1. Choose Your Circle Wisely: Select your community with care. Surround yourself with people who uplift you, encourage you, and celebrate your authentic self.

  2. Engage in Open Conversations: Foster an environment where you can openly talk about self-worth, self-acceptance, and vulnerability. The more we share our experiences, the more we realize we're not alone in this journey.

  3. Challenge the Comparison Game: In your community, encourage conversations that challenge the damaging effects of comparison. Remind each other that everyone's journey is unique, and there's no room for judgment.

  4. Celebrate Achievements: Support each other's accomplishments, no matter how big or small. Celebrate one another's victories, and remind each other that every step forward is a testament to growth and progress.

  5. Be a Source of Encouragement( Bring the HYPE): As a member of your community, be a source of encouragement. Offer kind words, lend a listening ear, and remind others of their worth when they may doubt it.

Rediscovering Your Worth as We Approach the Holidays


As we head into the holiday season, let's remember that worth isn't tied to the grandeur of celebrations, the number of gifts we give or receive, or the perfection of our holiday feast. It's about the moments we share, the connections we nurture, and the love we express. It's about embracing ourselves and our loved ones for who we are.


This season, let's be mindful of the messages we send ourselves. Let's recognize that the beauty of the holidays lies in the authenticity of our experiences, not in the comparison to curated images on our screens. Let's revel in the joy of giving, the warmth of togetherness, and the memories we create (rather than the still pictures we curate).


And remember, as you scroll through the carefully constructed images of others' lives, that you, just as you are, are enough. Your worth isn't determined by likes or comments, but by the love, kindness, and authenticity you bring to your community and to the world.


With love and a sense of belonging,

Lisa

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