WHAT DOES THE MOSAIC OF YOUR LIFE LOOK LIKE? WHAT PIECES MAKE UP WHO YOU ARE? WHAT EXPERIENCES HAVE YOU HAD THAT YOU CAN HELP OTHERS GET THROUGH BY SHARING YOUR STORY?
I typically like to keep my posts upbeat, motivational, inspirational, positive. However, I want to take time to be real about things right now.
While I hope that each and every one of you reading this aspire to be the VERY BEST VERSION OF YOU in your life and in your career that you can be, the truth is that we all have good days and bad days. There are days when being excited about our progress and our goals is easy; other days when what we're longing for can seem so far away or even impossible to achieve.
Recent events in the news and stories I've been hearing from others are a reminder that not every day is sunshine and rainbows. And to be completely candid, I’ve been feeling it too—it’s been a year of significant change and loss for me (job loss, loss of loved ones, etc.). And while I’m excited about what lies ahead and focused on keeping my energy positive, some days are harder than others for me too…esp. around the holidays and end of year, some things resurface in our emotions and lives as we continue to work through them.
Bottom line is...it’s OK to not be OK. And it’s OK to need someone to talk to, to need someone to help us in times like those. It’s OK to ask for the support that we need to get through whatever it is that we’re dealing with.
Often we choose to post or share with others the GOOD stuff, but aren't open about our struggles. The difficulty with that is that others might need to know that we struggle too sometimes; others might benefit from knowing what challenges we've navigated and gotten through (and our story might help them get through similar situations in their lives).
These experiences, good and bad, that we've individually had are what I refer to as the MOSAIC OF YOUR LIFE. All of the little pieces fit together in a very unique way to make up who you are. Some pieces are rough around the edges, some are perfectly shaped. But when pieced together, they represent the whole picture of who YOU are.
I’ll leave you with this to think about…what experiences are part of YOUR LIFE MOSAIC? What pieces of your story (mosaic) are you willing to share that might help, support and inspire others?
(Photo Credit: Peyman Farmani)