By guest contributor, Kimberly Atkins
Safety, to me, is more than something granted from the outside world. It’s a feeling within, cultivated through self-love and compassion. It’s thinking supportive thoughts. It’s not attaching one’s worth to outcomes. If I get this job, then I will be good enough. If I make a great speech, then I will be liked. It’s I am who I am, and that is enough. I am worthy now regardless of whatever may happen in the future.
It’s easy for us to get caught up in the negative chatter of our own minds, telling us we are bad. We aren’t smart enough, or pretty enough. A mentor of mine calls this the “itty bitty shitty committee.” All those voices chatter, making us feel less than, like somehow we aren’t perfect simply because we are. We are beings trying the best we can to navigate this thing we call Life.
We are doing the best we can. We need to remember that. No matter what we say or do, we are all acting in a way that meets needs, whether that be for love, acceptance, or joy. We reach and act to meet unmet aspects of our lives and upon doing so, allow ourselves to blossom. I think it’s high time we give ourselves a break, a break from thinking we aren’t up to par,and instead start realizing and embracing the beauty that exists within us all. Our inner safety rests upon it, and in turn, the outer world’s does, too!
Kimberly Atkins resides on Shelter Island, NY where she works as a personal assistant. Kimberly’s love for writing started at a young age and has recently evolved into her working on her first book, A Labyrinth Home. She has always been interested in finding what “home” feels like and hopes to explore that further with her followers. To see more of Kimberly’s writings, visit her at www.kimberlyaatkins.com!