Are there any stories from your past that you are too ashamed to tell anyone, even those that are closest to you?—Something that if anyone knew, you feel like you would die a little inside?
I want to share with you something that was a big epiphany for me…the act of owning all of our stories, especially the ones that bring us shame, is not only an act of self-love, but also a way to reclaim our power.
We all carry stories within us that we would rather keep hidden, moments where we made choices we regret, didn’t live up to our own expectations (or the expectations of others), experienced failures or behaved in ways we are not proud of.
These stories can often weigh us down, causing us to feel unworthy—unworthy of love from others, and worse, unworthy of love from ourselves.
But here’s a powerful truth, my friend: when we own these stories, when we acknowledge them with forgiveness and compassion, we reclaim the power they hold over us.
By embracing our entire journey, even the parts that make us cringe or want to hide, we step into our authenticity.
We acknowledge that we are human beings with flaws, vulnerabilities, and imperfections. And that’s okay.
In fact, it’s beautiful. No really, it is!
When we own our stories, we no longer allow them to define us. We take back the power they once held over our lives.
We transform our shame into self-acceptance, self-compassion and self-worth.
We recognize that these stories are not a reflection of our worth at all, but rather lessons that have shaped us into the incredible individuals we are today.
Additionally, when we can feel free to share these stories with others, we give them permission to do the same.
We create a safe space for vulnerability and authentic connection.
By opening up about our past, we inspire those around us to embrace their own stories, fostering an environment of empathy and understanding.
It is through these connections that we truly realize we are not alone in our journey.
So my friend, I encourage you to embrace all of your stories, including the ones that bring you shame.
Treat yourself with the same kindness and love you would give to your closest friend or relative.
Take your power back from any of your shameful stories, starting today.