I love times when I stop and look up to see the stars and reflect upon my recent experiences. While doing so I thought about these facts. Working with a wide variety of ages, five years to seventy five years old, males and females, I get amazed to see how we all still have the same basic needs. This past week I spent time with approximately 150 people, teaching and playing in an educational and therapeutic way. Whatever games we were playing, or art work we created, I found hurting people who wanted to tell their story. They were looking for someone who was willing to listen. People may open up to share what is on their heart if they know they are in a safe environment. How can they know they are safe and can trust the person they are with? Spending time with someone reveals the character of that person. Each individual decides if they believe someone is being authentic, genuine, and trustworthy. If they feel they are comfortable, and a trust factor is being built, a healthy relationship can begin. I have found that once a good rapport is in place and self defense mechanisms are set aside, exciting changes take place. It is during that time that broken hearts can be mended. It is only when we choose to embrace our identity in truth and celebrate our unique and authentic self can we enter in to the freedom and joy we long for.
Are there days when it seems like nothing we do matters in the large scheme of things? Feeling insignificant in a world that is overflowing in so many realms? It is written, vanity, vanity, all is vanity. There is nothing new under the sun. Whatever is now has been before. Nevertheless, we all are very significant. Why? Because there is no other human being on the planet that is exactly like you or me. Isn’t it amazing to think that out of all the billions of people on the earth that each individual has a specific reason for living. Some may call it destiny, a purpose, or a mission in life. Perhaps, with all the noisy distractions that continually surround us, it is hard to really know what that purpose may be. I was asked this evening, “Brenda, what is your mission statement”? I was given a challenge to simplify it to three or four words that explain the core of its meaning. I began with, “I’m a Heart Mender.”… Speaker, Teacher, Author…I Help Hurting People. Although I am a professor, I quickly recognized this assignment was not an easy one, as clearly seen with just a few of my examples. My passion is to ‘Help People Help Themselves’. I would say that sums up my personal mission. As a speaker/teacher I educate and share information, knowing that with knowledge comes power. Empowerment coaching, teaching, and modeling freedom are a few of the gifts I have to share. They are for those willing to accept them and have a personal desire to grow, heal, and walk in liberty. As they consciously choose to embrace who they really are, be authentic and allow their own unique and genuine gifts to flow, they too will experience their self-esteem significantly increase. Once they realize that there is no one else who can speak with their voice, tell their story, or have their talents to share, they will begin to see how significant they really are.