you + you + you + me = tribe ....
Stormy clouds brewing, dull light, frosty mornings - this past week has seen the weather match some of what is going on in our world. So much sadness around us. There has been so much loss. Loss of life, loss of relationships, loss of trust, loss of time, loss of sleep, loss of fun .... How do we navigate life when the sky isn't blue, when the light isn't bright, when it all feels too hard?
'Be around the light bringers, the magic makers, the world shifters, the game shakers. They challenge you, break you open, uplift and expand you. They don't let you play small with your life. These heart -beats are your people. These people are your tribe.'
We are not called to do this life alone (although sometimes that looks like an easier option). We are not designed to deal with hard times by ourselves. We are made for community. Our DNA compels us to relationship.
When storms come, when the rain falls, when the day is dark - it is in those moments that we need 'the light bringers, the magic makers, the world shifters, the game shakers'. It is ok to need others, it is ok to hold tight to the hope of others when ours is failing, it is not just ok but absolutely necessary for us to be with our 'tribe'. We need each other.
We need each other, to hold us in our pain. We need our tribe to challenge us, break us open, push us to find truth and to hold hope. We need our people to love us through the storms of life. We need them to love us enough, to not let us stay in that icky hard space forever, yet to stay with us as we walk through it. We need our tribe to 'not let us play small with our life' but to nudge us to step forward, to step out, to dream big and to hold hope.
Keys I have learnt to navigate storms of life
1. Don't do life alone - IDENTIFY YOUR TRIBE
2. Be honest about how you feel - SHARE WITH YOUR TRIBE
3. Don't be too proud - ACCEPT THE HELP OF YOUR TRIBE
4. Hear the hope, the truth and the love - KEEP AN OPEN HEART TO YOUR TRIBE
5. Be grateful and generous with all your heart - LOVE YOUR TRIBE BIG
Love one of your tribe BIG today! Send a message, make a phone call, write a note, give an 'I love you' gift.... however you do it, do it BIG, because you they need you and you need them. We need each other.