You are a human being. As such, you hold intrinsic worth. You have capabilities and worth that nothing else in the universe possesses.
According to theology, humans are made in the image of God.
According to evolution, humans are the most intricately evolved.
According to linguistics, humans are the only animal capable of associating so many sounds with so many meanings; only humans hold the depth of communication we know.
We just have worth.
You have worth.
To fail to believe in this worth is to chop your self-efficacy at the knees. If you do not know who you are, you will not be aware of what you are capable of; if you are not aware of what you are capable of, you will never reach your potential.
A large majority of my time as an elementary school teacher is spent not teaching curriculum content, but convincing students that they are able to learn. Students need to know that they are smart and capable and cared for and can learn from trying and will be caught if they fail before they can ever master a single concept. Students need to know their worth as a learner before they can actually learn.
Brene Brown’s twenty years of research reveals that shame is the root of most internal and interpersonal disaster. Further, her research proves that vulnerability is the only way out. To finally accept that you are enough.
Check out my favorite Brene Brown book here.
When writing for mental health, you will come to a point where you become aware of a belief you hold deep inside that is innately false. The belief is something you would balk at a friend or family member for saying, because it is, at the root, a lie about their worth. A lie about your worth. To get out from under that lie you must attack that false belief with a truth.
Shame cannot stand up under the weight of the truth that you are enough. That I am enough.
Even if I am not a Pinterest mom, an Instagram influencer, a Snapchat mogul, a perfect wife, a superhuman human being. Even if I don’t finish my to-do list today and I am the most boring mom and we order pizza for supper.
I am enough.
Truth cannot be removed by external circumstance. It cannot be displaced by what is spoken over you, or nullified by a lifetime of mistakes. The only way for you to miss the truth is if you actually believe deep inside that you are not enough. Which, again, is innately not true about you as a human being.
You have worth. You, just you – wonderful, smart, capable, brave, cared for you – are enough.
It is the innate, irrevocable, undeniable truth about you as a human being.
Because I believe deeply about your value, I created a collection of “I am enough.” posters for you as a visual reminder of your worth. Download them. Frame one. Put it somewhere you look at every day. Let the truth of “I am enough.” sink deep down into your soul.
And then act in your fullest capability. Life at your potential for the good of the world around you.I-am-enough-collection-1