I get asked about my bracelets all the time. In fact, I get asked about them so much I wrote a whole post about them here. For years I've worn my dainty gold bracelets with inspirational sayings and encouraging one-liners to motivate me in my career. I liked to look down at my wrist and be reminded of my goals. Yes, I'd think whenever I saw my bracelets, that's what I'm all about. I've had these bracelets for years fueling my fire and propelling me along. My biggest motivation was to be successful and I lived my life to support that goal.
But recently I started to question all the hustle. I started to question whether success was a healthy focus for my life, and I realized something that shocked me. All that running, chasing, and achieving I was trying to do? It was a selfish way to live. It was so utterly selfish because all my goals and dreams were all about me. Oh sure, I could find a million ways to excuse it. A well-paying job means that I can donate more to charity. Owning my own company means I get to make my hours so I should (technically) be spending more time with my kids. A bigger platform means that I could put more positivity into the world. But at the end of the day, what was I actually doing to make life better in my community and for the people around me? Not nearly enough.
In the midst of all of this soul searching my pastor gave a sermon about "Showing Up". He asked how many of us are hiding away and doing our own thing because taking care of others, and showing up in their lives feels too hard? It so resonated with me. I do that, I thought. I send money instead of volunteer. I send a text message instead of going in person to visit. I hide out in the safety of my beautiful home with my healthy children and never get my hands dirty. In fact, I think I've spent a good majority of my life striving for comfort instead of offering comfort to those who need it most. And in the midst of all of that, I'm running through life with my achievements circling my wrist as a reminder of what I value most. Did I really want to teach my children that a list of successes is the most valuable legacy to leave behind? I absolutely did not.
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