The theme of belonging keeps coming up. I heard it yesterday in a brilliant sermon and I keep seeing it on the faces of folks who just want to fit in.
I sometimes feel it when I’m seeing myself as the kid who did not belong.
We all want to belong, and at times there will be someone who decides that you are just not worthy. The more you try to fit in; the more they shut you out.
This in-group thing happens all the time, everywhere. Even as adults we often struggle with the cliques of life.
Every week, I get the opportunity to speak to thousands of folks. I am enriched by the stories they confide and I am encouraged by the letters and love they share. Still, I sometimes fixate on the one that won’t let me in.
In a few weeks, I’ll be old enough to set the world on fire. I have decided, and I’d like you to do the same that I already belong; I always have.
Right now I am sitting at the cool kids table and even though it’s in my kitchen and no one else is here, I belong.
No one can put you on the outside of your own life. No one should be able to make you feel unworthy. (You have to give them permission.)
While you may want to be accepted by someone in particular; know that you accepted by those who love you.
Share with those who already LIKE your likes.
Spend time with those in need; they will be happy to see you.
Tell jokes to those who like to laugh.
Share books with those who read.
Maybe worthiness is really about knowing where to plant your feet.
BE you, be well, be loved.
Bertice Berry, PhD.