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You are enough

I work as a registered nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit. I have cared for 100’s of babies and their families for over 14 years. Being a witness to birth and the first meeting of parents and families to these precious babies is a sacred experience. Tears of joy are shed, and exclamations of deep love are shared. “You are perfect” is a phrase I have heard countless times from mothers and fathers to their babies. Those babies are loved completely, they are perfect, and

they haven’t done anything to receive that adoration, they just are.

Somehow along the life journey we lose that unconditional expression of love and perfection just for existing. The judgments put upon us by our societies, our groups, and ourselves remind us that we need to be better, do more, and achieve greatness in order to be enough, to be loved. But what if we remembered that as soon as we were born we were enough. Enough is neither too much, nor too little. It doesn’t require the latest fashion, or smoothest skin. It simply is… enough.

When you realize that you are enough, you stop having something to prove. You stop needing the approval of others. You stop trying to impress with your beauty, your wit, or your fashion and possessions. You gain the quiet confidence that allows you to show up as your best self full of compassion, empathy, and love.

When you believe you are enough, you follow your dreams, you support others without envy, and you become exactly who you were meant to be…. Enough.

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