I sincerely believe the universe listens to us. Whether this intervention is cosmic or divine, maybe both, I don’t know, but over time, I have realized that somehow we are given the right messages at the exact moments we need them if we just listen.
In the last week, the mantra “You Are Enough” happened to arise from two of my favorite bloggers. Donna DeRosa wrote about it in her recent blog, “A Love Letter to You,” and Dr. Sharon McLaughlin launched a new motivational workout line through her Healthstreet Journal blog which shared the same sentiment.
When I initially thought about the idea, I honestly just dismissed it as a nice motivational concept. “You Are Enough,” I thought, what a great way to get people to feel good about complacency…but Paul Simon’s “Hearts and Bones” continued to resonate in my mind: “That’s just not the way the world is, baby.” You Are Enough could never apply to me.
I am never enough. I am always just too fat, just short of a real promotion, missing one great moment to create a deep friendship, a few sales behind being profitable; I am always one broken something behind stasis. I push, I strive, I try, but I am never enough. Yet, what a beautiful mantra it is, I still thought.
Then, as I was driving home tonight, staring at the bright lights of my beautiful big New York City, one of my favorite songs pops on my playlist, “Live Like a Warrior” by Matisyahu. There’s one particular line in that song which deeply resonates with me. He says, “Today live like you wanna, let yesterday burn and throw it in a fire – live like a warrior.”
In ancient Greek mythology, the Phoenix is a fire bird which lives for an indeterminate number of years until it has fulfilled its purpose, and once it has, it burns itself up in a fire, and from its own ashes, it is reborn. The Phoenix understands that it is enough. That we must throw the mistakes of our yesterdays into a fire to be reborn.
I realized today that You Are Enough is I Am Enough because I was misunderstanding the purpose of the concept all along. It’s not about achieving stasis. It’s about accepting and respecting our climb. And the line I had forgotten in Paul Simon’s “Hearts and Bones” is “Why won’t you love me for who I am, where I am?” You see, You Are Enough is us appreciating who and what we are right here and right now.
And you know what, you are enough, and so am I.