I woke up one morning feeling so special. Not in an arrogant, better-than-everyone-else sort of way in which this statement might normally be taken, but in a genuine awareness of how special we all are. You. Me. Everyone.
And it is this deepening awareness that so strongly makes me feel the need to tell you so.
You are so special. Prized. Cherished. Treasured. Adored. And your soul, your love, and your life matter so much more than you can possibly imagine.
Those of us that are lucky, have parents, family members, friends, and teachers tell us this as we grow up. But to we really believe them? Do we know it to be true as surely as we can feel our own heartbeat?
Why do we resist this? For fear, as I mentioned before, of falling into arrogance? The irony there is that at this moment, I can’t think of anything more humbling than to honor the magnificence that is all of creation, recognizing and celebrating the love and goodness and gifts within ourselves and others.
How strikingly beautiful would the world be if we all really knew how special we are and wholeheartedly lived our lives from that understanding?
There is a quotation from Holocaust survivor Jay Sommer that I always felt captured the essence of my mission as a public school teacher. It goes like this:
“Inspiring students with a sense of their own worth gives them the confidence to express themselves more freely, to explore and learn through their mistakes, and to regard learning as an adventure.”
Perhaps we’re all just students who need to be inspired with a sense of our own worth in order to regard LIFE as an adventure.
May you know the depths of how truly special you are and allow that knowledge to be the spark that changes everything.