“I was thinking something similar, so I’m glad you said (or asked) that…” Many times this person was “waiting for somebody” to say or ask it.
“So what stopped you from saying it (or asking the question) yourself?”
Their reason is always rooted in fear (people will laugh, judge, or misinterpret), or low self-confidence (“I’ve always been” shy, insecure, etc.), stemming from past trauma or embarrassment.
I sympathize with real trauma and pain from the past. But the past is never in the current moment. It is over there, in a different place and time.
You are here. The pain from over there only seems like it is here with you because you are thinking about it here. Dwelling on this pain, or being triggered by it, does not serve you. It only serves to hold back from expressing the real you, in the here and now.
Nobody is with you in the here and now other than God since God is always here, God is all there is, and everything is God. The story from your past remains separate, over there.
“I was thinking something similar, so I’m glad you said (or asked) that…”
Would you be glad if somebody else were doing what you are meant to be doing? Would you be glad if someone was living your dream, bought your house, or married your spouse? (That last one may be a trick question.)
Your opportunity is yours. Whether someone else asks or not is irrelevant. Nothing is gained by waiting when you’ve got something you’re meant to say.
The “I’ve always been…” mentality is more troubling. It speaks to not just a lack of confidence or fear of the unknown but a total misconception of who you are, and why you are here. You were created to share your gifts and talents with the world, not to hold back your greatness. Just ask all the people who are waiting on you.
Daily Possible: Next time you are presented the opportunity, will you commit to take the microphone? What will you do today to create this opportunity for yourself? If you don’t feel ready for this commitment yet, then what is it that is holding your back that you can commit to let go of?
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