"It takes bravery to choose yourself when others don't," said my friend Kayla in one of her mile long text messages. We met in a creative nonfiction writing class, and since we don't see each other as much after our graduation from college, when we do talk back and forth, the messages are lengthy. But that line of hers has since ran through my little mind while I get dressed in the morning, while I lay down in bed, while I reply to emails about the new Trades of Hope catalog getting to the printer, while I brush my teeth, while I walk through Target -- you get the idea.
It takes bravery to choose yourself when others don't. But please choose, soul; please choose you. To do so doesn't take selfishness. It doesn't take spitefulness. All it takes to choose yourself is a silent, steady resolve of bravery.
As someone whose human frailty leans towards anxiousness, to hear those words "you are enough" instantly eradicates fear. "You do enough." "You try enough." "You work enough." "You are enough." I think that's truly all anyone wants to hear.
The thing is, I can't (and don't want to) wait for people to tell me these things. I don't want to. And I don't think you should either. So, I tell myself. I tell myself that I'm enough.
What a self-centered girl, many would say if they heard me. But I don't speak those three words to myself lightly. I don't pat myself on the back. When I tell myself I'm enough, I'm ignoring the voices that I know will say otherwise. I'm deciding that bravery is more important that the fear. And many times, I speak it whether I'm currently believing it or not.
"You are enough" changes things. It changes everything. Those three words make colors deeper and light more brilliant. They enable us to reach farther than we've known and experience a life far beyond the little lives we've created for ourselves. You are enough. Don't wait for someone else to tell you.
August's wallpapers feature only my original hand lettering and two different uses of watercolor. I couldn't choose between the sweet minimalist design or the fun brush strokes. So please, dress your phone up in either!
If you need a refresher on how to slip these babies on, here's how:
- go to www.elisabethhuijskens.com on your phone
- hold your finger down on the wallpaper(s) you want
- select save image
- then go to your photos and set it as your wallpaper!