There are two kinds of insignificance in my book. The helpful kind and the harmful kind.
First, the helpful.
We hiked through the redwoods on the coast of CA in early October of 2013. “Wow”, was all I could muster. Then I was speechless. The trees are GI-norm-ous! I had to crane my neck way back just to try to see to the tippy top of them. It felt like walking through a story, waaaaay back in time. It’s as if those trees could have told me in a grandfatherly sort of way, what was going on in the world back then, what the climate was like, and who was there to witness it all. I felt very small and insignificant. In a humbling, good kind of way. An inspired way. An “I’m not fully in control” kind of way.
It was positive, because I’m not really in control of much, only me. Phew! That’s a full-time job in itself.
Second, the harmful kind of insignificance. Many of my clients have told me they’ve felt insignificant in their jobs, with their significant others, and parenting their children. That insignificance comes in the form of thinking they weren’t doing enough, and whatever they were doing, it wasn’t good enough. It would only make them feel crappy. And when they felt crappy they didn’t feel very empowered about their lives.
What we don’t realize is how much we actually do get done every day. How much we positively affect other people’s lives, that how much we do is enough as well as good enough, and how we are contributing to the betterment of the planet and our relationships.
I know I struggle with this.
Am I being the person I’m meant to be, doing what I’m meant to do, living on purpose to bring more to planet earth than I’m taking?
I find myself thinking I fall short, therefore I feel insignificant and pretty blah.
But that doesn’t empower me to move forward with goals in my life. It just makes me feel shut down. And I don’t want to feel like that.
There was something magical about standing in that forest of huge trees. Something I think we all experience from time to time. It can happen for you too wherever you live, whether it be looking up at a bazillion starts, standing on a beach overlooking the vast ocean, or watching the birds in your backyard. I hope you feel insignificant, yet in an inspired, awe-filled way. That moment of knowing you aren’t alone and not in control, and it’s all okay.
I’m here to remind you, you are significant, you do matter, you do make a difference, and life for others would not be the same without you.
Thank you for that reminder Redwood trees!
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