I am glad that I decided to start this series this week. I had no idea that I would have new experiences that fit this very topic. As a result, I would like to share a very interesting interaction that I experienced just this past Monday.
Unfortunately, I had to block someone on Facebook late last week due to toxic behavior. It had escalated to the point where it was constant. I realized that I was beginning to dread it when I would receive notification that this person had sent me a private message. My chest would feel tight, my heart rate seemed to increase. I had basically begun to feel anxious at the thought of reading messages from this person.
The messages most often seemed to contain anger and accusations simply because I disagreed with them on several viewpoints. The unsuccessful attempts to sway me in their own way(s) of thinking seemed to only increase their anger. I was honest with this person when I blocked them and explained my reasons. It seemed to be received better than I expected it would but the message delivery method switched to text messaging. In the latest string, I have been accused of being a member of a militant group; a group I knew nothing about until this accusation (simply because I live in the city where a recent demonstration took place). I am now torn as to whether or not I may need to separate myself completely from this person, at least for a while but, that's another story.
This person seems to be unwilling to accept the fact that I refuse to allow myself to be defined by society, or that I refuse to allow myself to be placed into a "box" of some kind. To them, it is one side or the other. To be anything different or to refuse to choose is simply not acceptable.
While it is true that we are all One in Source, in this great expanse of Universe, we are also unique. We are unique in such a way that we all have special gifts to share. Don't worry about it right this moment if you find yourself questioning exactly what your gift is as your read this. (We can work on that later because trust me when I tell you that you do have a gift!) We are all here to express in our own unique way(s). We aren't here to fit into a box simply because society tells us that we should.
You may also feel (or have felt) pressure to conform into something that you are not. It can be difficult to stay the course when this happens. It can be difficult to not relent to those societal pressures but it doesn't mean that you must.
One of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is to allow our own expressions, our own unique gifts to shine through. Our authenticity, the core of who we are is a gift in and of itself.
I invite you to make just one promise to me this week, and that is to allow your light to shine; your own individual, unique light. You owe it to yourself.