My high school mascot was a Jester (it was an all-girl's school). Our student handbook described the Jester as a symbol of Christ’s passion - someone who is willing to take on suffering to bring joy.
Like everyone, I’ve had challenging experiences...failures, heartbreaks, let-downs. For a long time I didn’t want to share my challenging experiences because I didn’t want to be embarrassed. And I for sure didn’t want to be seen as Flawed because of them.
But what’s Awesome is that when I’m vulnerable and share my stories, I see them impact other’s lives for the better. Which makes me feel like a big part of why we go through challenging times is so that our experiences can be of service to others.
Have you gone through a challenging circumstance? Are you going through one right now?
Is it possible for you to see where this challenge is here for you not only to grow yourself, but also to grow the world around you? Is it possible that if you let others know what you've been through that they will be inspired to know they can also make it through their challenges? Can you see where if others know what you’re going through, they might recognize themselves in you and know that they aren’t alone in their struggles?
Are you willing to be uncomfortable and share yourself so others will be lifted up?
Cause here’s the REALLY juicy part...when we give to others we are also giving to ourselves! When you are inspiring other people, you are standing in inspiration yourself so it has no choice but to get all over you too. When someone sees themselves in you, you also have the chance to see yourself in them and know YOU are not alone. Literally, everyone wins!
So will you please join me in living a Flawsome, Jester-inspired, life? Will you join me in sharing your stories, even if it feels painful to do so, because then there will be more joy in the world?
Trust me, if I can do it - SO CAN YOU! And I can't wait to see what we create together.