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At Your Best...

"But at your best you are love." ~Aaliyah~

I am struck by the simple beauty of how children are loved just for being themselves. I have experienced this firsthand through my relationship with my nieces. When my first niece was born in 2017, I couldn't wait to meet her. From the moment she arrived, she has been a source of joy and wonder for all of us. And when her triplet sisters were born in 2020, they had an equally profound impact on us, simply by existing in the world.

Reflecting on this, I am struck by how easy it is to love

unconditionally in the context of my relationship

with my nieces. They don't care about my past, accomplishments, or businesses. They know me simply as Aunt J, the person who loves them, plays with them, and chases them with kisses. It's a reminder that unconditional love is a powerful force, and that it's possible to be seen and loved for who we are, not just for what we do.

“It is not solely about your capabilities but rather your essence. You embody love.” ~Me~

In contrast, I recognize that many other aspects of life are not so simple. In many contexts, our worth and value are tied to our performance, accomplishments, and capabilities. We may feel pressure to meet the expectations of others or to achieve certain goals to feel validated or recognized.

While there can be gratification in achieving these things, I am reminded that a different kind of fulfillment comes from being seen and loved simply for existing. This is a feeling that cannot be earned or achieved through external accomplishments. It is a reminder that our true worth is not determined by what we do, but by who we are as individuals.

As I reflect on these experiences, I am reminded of the importance of focusing on the things that truly matter in life - our relationships, our connections with others, and our sense of self-worth. While it can be easy to get caught up in the pursuit of external achievements, I believe that true fulfillment comes from cultivating a sense of unconditional love and acceptance, both for ourselves and others.


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