This video made my hair stand on end. I think I have heard it before, but today it was the lesson I needed. Take the 20 minutes. It's a gift I think you will appreciate, passed on via my friend Terri and the Words Matter Project.
And that brings me to the password story.
You know those affirmations you are supposed to say to yourself in the mirror every day? Have you ever actually done that on a regular basis? Not me. I've tried it. It feels ridiculous.
But something from a blog I read regularly* spurred me to use a version of one of those phrases when my computer password needed to be changed several months ago. And it's had a profound effect on me. Daily, sometimes more often, I have to remember and type in that combination of letters and numbers and symbols that essentially says something to which I automatically respond, "Oh, come on!"
(For example, it might be: "I@m@wesome222".)
It's something I'd tell you I believe...and yet, I'd be embarrassed to reveal it to anyone as my password (not that I would ever tell anyone my password anyway...) Because it sounds conceited? Because I don't really believe it about me?
But here's the deal: Each day that I use it, I become willing to consider believing it just a little bit more. I become more willing to "believe that I'm worthy of love and belonging" as Brené Brown says in the video.
And that's no small thing.
* Single Dad Laughing, where every Sunday there's a feature called "This is Beautiful You."