He talked about something that had been on my mind lately so I took that as a sign that I should write about it today. I believe in the collective conscious and know if I'm thinking about it, there are others out there that are thinking about or feeling the same thing.
It's about embracing our true nature. Fully being who we are.
The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are." -Joseph Campbell
As many of you know, I recently did a talk for Stanford University on How to Create Your Personal Brand. The experience was so wonderful for me because the team at Stanford was so incredibly skilled at executing this presentation. I had talented people designing my PowerPoint presentation, writing scripts for how the flow should go, creating marketing strategies leading up to the event, directors working on the video, etc.
My job was to create the content and deliver it well.
It was to embrace my true nature and my talents and everyone else did the same. Normally, I'm fumbling by myself making an ugly PowerPoint presentation, racking my brain trying to figure out effective marketing strategies, etc.
It made me think of a symphony, every instrument plays such an important role yet each role is so different. It is the combination of sounds that makes for an incredible piece of music.
You see, that's it.
So many times I'll be playing the violin and looking over at the drum player thinking to myself, "She's so good at the drums... Why can't I play the drums like that? I could never play the drums... The drums are so much more important and valuable than the violin... Maybe I should learn how to play the drums instead..." And on and on the inner critic goes.
But I'm not supposed to be playing the drums!!! If I did, that would throw the whole orchestra off!
Why don't I embrace the violin and become the most incredible violin player?
As Jack Kornfield said in his talk last night, we each incarnated into these bodies and these personalities. Our bodies are like rental cars. We are borrowing them for a unknown amount of time and then we turn them in.
So take your car out for a spin and see what she can really do.
Embrace your nature.
Get in the game.
You wishing you were someone or something that you are not is doing a disservice to the rest of us.
And most importantly to yourself.
I want to hear your instrument. It is what makes my instrument sound better.
It is what makes the music of life sound so beautiful.
“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”
― Brené Brown