It sounds pretty obvious to say that it is all right to have your own ideas, but sometimes I need to be reminded.
I love to explore things. I love to take things up and study them. I love to have teachers.
But inevitably, I come across something that doesn’t fit. An idea or a practice or a value that just doesn’t work for me. It doesn’t ring true. Or doesn’t line up. Or doesn’t make sense. Whatever…I just haven’t yet found anything that is a 100% fit.
Then I remember. I’m not wired to be a follower or a devotee or even a fan girl.
I’m a quilter. There’s probably a better word, maybe even an official word for this type of thinker, but it’s what I have.
I take pieces and put them together into a pattern. If I come across another piece, I incorporate it, and the pattern shifts. The design won’t be finished until I’m finished here and move on.
My design is completely unique. I’m a snowflake. So are you. We are all unique, just like everyone else.
We’re all creating our own original designs.
We absorb what fits and then say “that’s as much as I need, thank you very much.” The trick is to keep what does work, not throw the whole thing away. Unless, of course, none of it fits and we should throw it away!
That’s the point, right? We decide our own truth. No, I don’t mean facts, I mean truth. We all have an inner guidance system, our truth finder, and it’s there to help guide us. Duh, it’s in the name.
For the past few months I’ve been studying with Marianne Williamson. That’s a privilege! Last week, I realized that there was something that she was teaching that didn’t ring true for me. I was initially confused. But confusion is not a place to stay, so I pushed on. Nope, I just didn’t agree. I had my own ideas about what was true. Shudder. Did I disagree? Who am I to disagree…and all that other inner garbage – I mean fact checking.
Yup, I disagree. Okay. I have my own ideas on the matter. Moving on.
Thing is, it’s more than okay for us to have our own ideas. It’s phenomenal! We put our ideas, experiences and understanding together to make our own original design. The art of you – that is cause for celebration, my friend.
In the meantime, remember these things: You are loved. We are all loved. Let’s all be kind. And in all things – progress, not perfection!
Love and light,
I’m using Color Thinking in my Leadership coaching now, too. If this interests you, Set up a call here or send me an email and we can see if it’s a fit for us to work together.0