Every so often somebody says something that turns your life upside down...or right-side up. The words are so powerful that you remember exactly when it was and where you were and what you were doing when you heard them.
It was last week. I was in the basement. I was painting.
I was listening to the Uncertain Podcast with Katherine Spearing (Hi, Katherine!). She interviews Polly and Bob Hamp and they are talking about abuse and trauma and they basically say this: "Freedom is not about the control of behavior but the unleashing of identity. The beautiful thing inside of you isn’t only to be embraced but also unleashed. The world needs that from you. The world needs what you specifically have inside. If you don’t embrace it then you can’t unleash it."
The world needs what you specifically have inside.
There is something inside of me that I should embrace?
There's something inside of me that should be unleashed?
There's something inside of me that the world needs?
This concept rocked my world. It literally took my breath away.
I have always been taught that all that is in me is wrong. Or bad. Or sinful, even. I have always felt that perhaps I shouldn't exist after all. At least not in my current form.
It has been so easy for me to absorb the messages. The "Why can't you be like ______?"
From early on I was the Bounty Quicker Picker Upper of the "shoulds," from who I should be as a daughter and a student and a friend and a wife and a mother and a professional and a Christian. Everywhere I turned the pressure was there to be someone I was not. Someone I am not.
Perhaps if I can do more, try harder, perform better. Perhaps if I could be less sensitive, less emotional, less opinionated, less exhausted, less vulnerable. Perhaps if I could be more organized, more amitious, more driven, more intelligent, more competent, more upbeat...more "godly", more victorious, more confident, more resilient, more healed.
Perhaps if I could be someone else.
It never occurred to me that I should not only embrace who I am (ok, kind of keeping it to myself) but that I am to unleash who I am. And why? Because the world needs it. The world needs who I am? The world needs...me? The world needs...ME!
How is it that I am almost 59 years old and I am just hearing this? Never mind. What matters is that I am hearing it.
I want to embrace. I want to unleash. I want to believe that the world needs what I specifically have inside. Even if it is unconventional. Even if it's messy. Because it's beautiful.
Get ready, world. Get ready to meet Ginny Unleashed. 😃