As I sit here, writing this post, I can hear the radio and the rain and the traffic on the street and construction noise. You've probably noticed that the world is a noisy place. Some of the sounds are lovely -- the rain, for example -- and some are just plain ugly, like jackhammers and car horns.
Some of the ugliest ones, of course, are sounds no one else can hear. They're the little whisperings in your head, the ones that tell you that you should be more or do more or accomplish more. They're the ones that tell you that you're not good enough, or that you don't make enough money, or that you're a failure.
Those voices are there and they are mean, and here's something I don't think I really understood until recently:
EVERYONE HAS THEM.
One of the reasons that I love the saying printed on the cutie-patootie wooden sign in the photo is this: it reminds you that you don't have to listen to the mean whispers. You can be reassured that you are, in fact, enough. Right now you are enough. Right this minute you are enough.
The mean whispers would tell you that there is happiness out there, if you could only get your act together enough to find it.
The sign says that happiness lives right here, right where you are, if you can allow yourself to embrace it.
We carry these signs -- and a lot of other positive, fun, pretty products -- because we want the world to sound differently. We can't change the whole world with one store (or CAN we!?) but we CAN offer a different soundtrack to the angry, mean one that plays out in the news and on the radio -- and in our heads. Those voices -- the ones that separate us as people, the ones that cause tension and rage -- are very loud. Our voices might not be as loud. But there are a lot of us who want the world to be a kinder, gentler, happier place, and in order to change that outer soundtrack, we have to change the one inside our heads first.
So remember: You are fabulous and wonderful and enough. Right now. Right where you are. You don't have to do more or be anyone else. You are amazing. Happiness starts right now, with you.
Don't listen to anyone who tells you otherwise. Not even yourself.
*(Well, I can think of ONE guy who might not have them. But that's an entirely different issue.)