In Others’ Words: Don’t Forget to Remember … You
You should see me trying to get out the door.
I slip on my shoes, gather my bottle of Sobe Lifewater, grab my purse, and head for the garage. Once I get to my car, I remember something I forgot to bring with me — my car keys maybe, or a manuscript I need to read, or my checkbook. So I head back inside my house and grab what I forgot.
Sometimes I repeat this process two or three times, telling my husband or kiddos, “I’m really leaving this time!” and try to ignore the sound of their laughter as I head to the car for the last time (I hope).
And then there are the days I forget who I am …
The days I let how-did-this-happen circumstances overhwelm me and bend me into someone who I don’t want to be.
The days when I let someone else’s expectations squeeze me into a corner and push and prod me into becoming someone I don’t recognize . . . someone who I’m not sure I even like.
The days I let lies scream louder than the Truth … and I listen to them and say, “You’re right … of course, you’re right.” And I look in the mirror and tell myself all manner of things that are enough to make a grown woman cry … and forget who she is.
It is a tragedy to forget who we are. To forget that inside of each one of us — yes, you and yes, me — there is a spark of the eternal that only we can reflect to the world.
It’s Monday. If you do nothing else today, remember who you are.
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