When I was in 5th grade [10 years old] I decided to go on an overnight field trip with my class.
I was a latchkey kid and my mom wasn’t around much. [I had no idea about permission slips back then.]
I was also painfully shy and an excellent student.
On the morning of the trip, I packed my overnight bag and took the 15 minute walk over to my school.
I noticed the bright yellow school bus parked in front of the gymnasium and walked right up to a young male teacher on staff to check-in for the trip.
I didn’t have a signed permission slip nor was I wearing the right shoes—mine were flip-flops and there was a strict policy against open-toed shoes.
The young teacher looked at me sternly, pointed down to my shoes and said there was NO WAY I could go.
I was turned away and sent back home, humiliated in front of dozens of students and ashamed of myself.
I never forgot the experience.
My big message for you today?
When shame sets in as a child, those memories have a way of creeping in later in life, whispering stories of not been good enough and fear of humiliation by putting yourself out in the world.
So, if you’re feeling any shame or self-doubt creeping in about your compassionate work in the world and the space where you offer that work, remember this important message from Marianne Williamson:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
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With love from me and my inner 5th-grader,