‘What you are screams so loudly I cannot hear what you are saying.’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson
A lion’s roar can be heard for up to five miles; a tiger’s for up to ten.
In the animal kingdom, a statement of identity is pretty clear. With humans, not so much.
I think we all keep some pretty good traits buried under layers of self justification, fear and a sense of inadequacy. Most of us don’t want to be seen as too big for our britches, but hiding our better selves doesn’t serve anyone. Marianne Williamson once said that it’s not our darkness we fear, but the very great light that is within us.
Journaling is a good way to get in touch with our own unique qualities – some ways that we could roar – that could be expressed just a little bit more.
Exercise: Take a blank page, and title it ‘Strengths I Know I Have,’ and freewrite for 15 minutes. Consider your list; how could these traits be put into use in daily life?