Why summer can make you feel insecure and how to beat it.
Yesterday Holly showed me a Procter and Gamble advert that came out for last year’s Winter Olympics. It was about children overcoming adversity with the love of their Mum’s called Love Over Bias.
What caught my attention and brought tears to my eyes was the strap line,
“Imagine if the world could see what a Mom sees.”
Years ago I came across a quote by Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
“Nature never repeats herself, and the possibilities of one human soul will never be found in another.”
I had no idea who Elizabeth Cady Stanton was but her words stopped me in my tracks. Different levels of understanding and appreciation raced through my mind in an instant.
- I am a unique parcel of potential.
- You are a unique parcel of potential.
- If I don’t express my true self, the world loses out.
- If you don’t express your true self, the world loses out.
- How many people in this world get to really be themselves?
- How much potential is the world missing out on?
I discovered Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an American suffragist and the mother of seven children. Her words were written over 100 years before I read them but they had a profound effect on me.
Despite the fact that we are all unique, we are bombarded daily with looks and behaviours to conform to. As we approach the height of summer, we are even more on display, physically and socially. With all these images and standards it’s so hard to hold on to a sense of self.
But did you know that not only are you unique, you are also a miracle? The odds of you being born are 1 in 400 trillion. So why, with that staggering statistic, are we getting pressured into reducing our uniqueness instead of celebrating it?
This week as part #anewlookatsummer we want to tweak your mindset and remind you just how special you are. So for this exercise we're recommeding taking time to read a poem that celebrates your uniqueness.
Now if like me poetry reminds you of school, hold on for a moment. Don’t hit the delete button just yet. 🙅🏻
Poetry has this way of bypassing the logical mind, the gatekeeper and speaking straight to the heart. Studies show that reading poetry can activate the emotional centres in our brains. It also activates the parts of our brain that process multiple meanings, which improves our flexible thinking.
Hopefully this persuades you to give poetry another shot!
📖Exercise Five: 10 Minute Poetry 📖
I want to share one of my favourite poems, David Whyte’s “What to remember when waking”. The first time I heard David Whyte reading his poetry I came away feeling that I had fed a hunger I didn’t know I had.
If I haven’t yet managed to remind you how special you are, I hope “What to remember when waking” will do the trick. 😊
📖How it works 📖
There’s no complicated instructions this week :) We’ve even found the poem for you.
And if this whet’s your appetite then take a moment to listen to Mary Oliver reading her poem Wild Geese. It’s opening lines, “You do not have to be good,”