THOU SHALT NOT STEAL — sounds easy enough, right?
So what about these thefts:
All the ways you steal your own attention away from yourself to perpetually give to others.
All the ways you steal tenderness from yourself and spend it only on others.
All the ways you steal time to yourself, for yourself, and devote it others.
All the ways you steal from your own experience by constantly comparing it to others’.
All the ways you steal the joy of this moment by living your life only thinking 10 steps ahead.
All the ways you steal from your own wisdom by insisting that you need more knowledge before you can act or have an impact.
All the ways you steal from your capacity and potential by convincing yourself that you’re not enough.
All the ways you steal from your own beauty by trying to be someone you’re not.
All the ways you steal energy from what brings meaning to your life and redirect it to scrolling, comparing, ruminating, and feeling less than.
All the ways you steal from your own vitality by constantly wearing yourself out until you don’t want to move.
THOU SHALT NOT STEAL … FROM THYSELF.
It’s not about being selfish either. Just imagine how all our relationships would improve if we didn’t constantly feel like we had to steal from ourselves to make others whole.
Because in stealing from ourselves we are stealing from others by compromising our ability to be there for others without resentment.
Give from your abundance rather than your self-sacrifice and watch how the world around you changes.
We’re talking about this in class this week. Join us.