Dare to be DIFFERENT

Music has always played an important role in my life.  My Dad was a huge music lover and at his funeral, a friend shared that they always knew when he was coming home because they could hear the car stereo blaring; usually the voice of Josh Groban or Buddy Holly or The Beach Boys as he rounded the corner, top down in his convertible.

Last week, we lost a legend. Prince was a visionary and an artist who wasn’t afraid to live outside society’s walls. I loved that about him. I will forever remember him this way, no matter the cause of his death.

In the quote I shared today, Patti Labelle reminds us that until we can get to a place of self love, we can’t expect others to love us into loving ourselves.

That’s our own work to do.

We are born loving ourselves. We have no reason not to. It’s the world that slowly places doubt inside of us; society that creeps into our subconscious and places nasty little lies inside our minds.

So what happens to us?

Atelophobia Rears Its Ugly Head

Last week I shared the definition of atelophobia and I suggested that most of us go through life with this phobia.

We believe the voice that says “you’re not good enough”, “you don’t have enough” or “you alone are not enough”.

I believe that parents can do an amazing job of helping their children grow up loving themselves, but sometimes, parents inadvertently project their own limiting beliefs onto their children, usually in an effort to protect them from being hurt.

Instead of showing their children that the sky is the limit and they can do and be all that they ever dreamed of, parents remind their children not to reach too high, in case they fall.

Out on the playground, kids try to squeeze into a box with everyone else.

Being “different” is like social suicide.

Dare To Dream

Our education system itself fosters a “one size fits all” approach to learning and behaving.

Our children are being taught to memorize rather than dream.

I recently watched an interview with Jack Canfield. He believes that God/The Universe/Source (whatever you call it) wouldn’t put a dream inside our hearts unless we had everything we needed to fulfill it.

We may need to go and learn some skills, meet some people, have some experiences, but we are born to achieve that dream. Perhaps it is a dream we’ve had since we were kids that was stifled early on. Perhaps it’s one you just discovered.

He believes that every single one of us can be successful…as long as we are passionate about what we are doing.

So, no matter how crazy your dream, if you are passionate about something, go after it!

There is no limit to what you can do, and no limit to carving out a niche for yourself in the world using your unique gifts and talents.

The world needs YOU exactly as you are; the way you were born to be.

So, let’s be brave!

Let’s go against what everyone else is doing and get closer to becoming who we really are. Let’s love ourselves like nobody else can and let’s dare to dream.

Because I want you to love your life one bite at a time.

P.S. I wanted to share this video of Prince performing alongside Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne, and George Harrison’s son, Dhani Harrison — to celebrate George’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. If you want to see someone doing exactly what they were born to do, a piece so completely transcendent that it gives you goosebumps, then I encourage you to watch this. Even if you were not a Prince fan, this performance will leave you believing that when we do what we are called to do, anything is possible. Enjoy!

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