When someone believes in you, an entire shift of consciousness can happen….our fears decrease, our courage gets a bit stronger, we hold our head up a little higher, and we become inspired to have the confidence and self worth to believe in ourself.
I had an English teacher in high school named Mrs. Wilkie. She was a strict teacher and had high expectations of most of her students. I loved literature and even more, loved to write. I had been writing in a diary and journal since I was seven years old. Mrs. Wilkie encouraged me to write creatively frequently. I knew she believed in me , and that belief inspired me back in the 10th grade, and her believing in my writing continues to inspire me today.
My Dad, who left this world July 15, 2017 (17 days before my Mom made her departure!) always believed in me. I have this sweet memory tonight as I was thinking about the power of someone believing in us. I would always go to the store or market with my Dad to pick out our watermelon. He liked me tagging along because he knew I was born with this gift to be able to “thunk” the watermelons and listen for the best thunking sound. I guess I was always attuned to the sound vibrations in the world. I would thunk all the melons and he knew I would tell him the winning thunk. He would smile and pick the chosen one and thank me. For the last 7 years of his elderly life every single time we talked on the telephone he would always end our conversation telling me how proud he was of how I lived my life, and how I had risen above some rather hairy things that life had thrown at me. I always knew he believed in me!
When I have doubted in myself in my life I think back to those who always believed in me, and I am inspired and motivated to keep pushing forward, not giving up on myself. Not only do I have these wonderful believers in my head from my younger life, but today I have a strong web of friends who support and honor who I am. I feel blessed and very fortunate to have people in my life who fuel my spirit with courage and determination just by offering words of encouragement.
Because I have had such incredible supporters it has motivated me to believe in others. I look for opportunities to tell both relatives, friends, lovers, and even strangers what amazing people they are. You never know the impact you have on a child or adult just simply by acknowledging their actions, words, and accomplishments. I am not talking about over glorifying or being fake about compliments. That kind of behavior turns me off and I can see right through the motive of the one delivering it. I am talking about being honest, authentic, and genuinely lifting others up by showing another how much I believe in them.
Magic happens when we surround ourself with those who believe in us and when we embrace those we believe in, even when we don’t believe in ourselves yet! When someone acknowledges and focuses on what we can do that is possible instead of what is impossible, it creates a shift in our consciousness that can be a continuing lifelong experience. When we believe in ourselves, we can believe in each other, and co create a world of incredible celebrative connections shining as reflections of each other!