We’ve stumbled upon something of great importance when we recognize the thing that we never tire of doing whether we receive applause, support, or finances for it. And when we’re able to stop judging ourselves, or determining our value based on other’s recognition, employment or validation of it, we will truly be happy.
For a long time I lamented over the lack of success I had experienced surrounding some of my gifting. Then being sidelined from most business activity for a season I found myself joyfully creating art, writing and supporting women despite the influx of revenue.
It was then that I recognized that no matter how the world defined success, I would always be successful if I showed up and gave myself happily to what made me come alive. It was then that I gave myself the self-permission, self-acceptance, and self-validation to define success on my own terms. This perspective has grown with me into busier times.
True identity is not some thing over yonder and out of reach waiting to be found. It is already fully alive within. We need merely recognize it, welcome it and even celebrate it!
When we lean into the things that naturally make us feel alive and we would do even if no one were watching, we will experience renewed joy.
30 Paintings In 30 Days, Day 27, Success Looks Like the Real You