“Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come
Tis grace that brought me safe thus far
And Grace will lead me home” – Amazing Grace
Growing up in Africa, where conflict and strife between people were impossible to avoid, I wondered: what will it take for us to see our shared humanity, break down the barriers between us, and forgive the pains inflicted on one another?
How will we grow in to the highest versions of ourselves, capable of really seeing and hearing one another, understanding our differences, and appreciating each other’s value?
Developing the ability to do that for others starts with developing the ability to do it for ourselves. Through the strife and struggle in our own lives, particularly the events that crack our hearts wide open, we are given opportunities to sink into ourselves and come to truly see and hear who we really are; to understand the different personas within us; and to appreciate the value of each and every one of them.
Our challenges are gateways to falling deeply in love with ourselves.
When we begin to see the extra-ordinary brilliance in ourselves, we begin to see it in others. When we begin to see t in others, they begin to see it in themselves. In this way, we change the world.
If your heart has been cracked open, I wish you wisdom.
If your heart has been torn apart, I wish you love.
If your heart is called to heal, I wish you grace.