No apologies, this is me

“I’m not scared to be seen, I make no apology, this is me”.

The greatest thing about taking some down time is that you get a lot of time to think. This past week while I was away, I had an opportunity to watch the movie “The Greatest Showman” again with Hugh Jackman. A movie about P.T. Barnum, with some pretty amazing music. The anthem of the movie is a song titled “This is Me” and I have attached the first rehearsal of the song so you can take a look for yourself. Although I have seen the movie several times, for some reason this time it really hit home.

Each of us in our individuality is a gift to the world. We all have something that we contribute in one way or another, sometimes without realizing it. Often it is sharing our God given talents, while other times we discover something we are capable of that we weren’t even aware that we could do. Our reason for being here is often not understood until later in life, but I promise you there is a reason for each and every one of us. When we finally do discover that reason, what a beautiful thing it is.

We all have our warts.  There are sides to all of us that may not sit well with others, while there are other sides of us that amaze and delight people. However, we come as a package and to accept us requires engaging with the whole rather than just those parts that we like. We have to live a life that we are comfortable with, one that nourishes our soul. If we do that, and do right by ourselves, other people and the universe, there is no reason to ever apologize for who we are. We absolutely make mistakes. However, the true test of being right with ourselves is when we take the opportunity to learn from those mistakes to make us better.

At the end of the day we all have to account and atone for our actions. How we treat people and take care of the world and those around us has to be something that we feel right about. We never need hide who we are as human beings as we are all going through this life together, one step at a time, learning as we go. Never hide in the shadows and always be proud of who you are. Always remember, “I’m not scared to be seen, I make no apology, this is me”!

Have a great day and remember to be the reason someone smiles.

Ron

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