I believe when you are being your unique and full expression of you, it encourages others to do the same. Imagine a place where you are fully acceptable. There is harmony and encouragement, certainty and safety, variety and significance, connection and love, growth, and contribution. A friend of mine shared a theory with me, that humans have six needs. As I wrote them down on an electronic sticky note, I defined what each means to me. If you define them for yourself, your descriptions may be different than mine. How beautiful a place when we get curious about each other’s definitions and live lovingly.
When we get to the identity of our core, we find who we “say” we are. With that clarity, our true desires unfold like a rose opening itself up in the sun. Its fragrance is blissful on a warm sunny day if you happen to be downwind. Or, you need to lean over and place your nose up-close and personal. By exploring your own identity, you may produce a metaphor of what fragrance you are.
Diving into your own identity is a remarkable experience. Learning to value who I am, get curious about other people’s identity, and be the person I was created to be is freedom. Freedom prevails when I am living out my full expression of love. And living out my full expression of love hopefully encourages you to do the same! What is “living out your full expression of love” like for you?