On belonging

Fitting in is about assessing a situation and becoming who you need to be to be accepted. Belonging, on the other hand, doesn’t require us to change who we are; it requires us to be who we are.”

Brene Brown

Something or Someone brought us together, even though we are from all walks of life, with diverse backgrounds and family lifestyle. We have very different gifts and personalities. But motherhood brought us together, while motherhood itself looks different for all of us.

We don’t need to change in order to belong. We need to show up. Say yes to the good things, take a leap of faith and lean into vulnerability.

To be honest, I often feel like an outsider. I keep wondering why they stretched out their hands and brought me into the inner circle. My whole life I have been true to myself. And for the most part I have given up trying to fit in the cool groups.

I now live with this tension of belonging but trying to fit in. But since trying to fit in is exhausting, it would soon cause me to drop out. So I try to remember to be myself and accept my limited energy. My unique gifts. And hope it is enough.

Being around these wonderful women energizes me. May this summer be a time of rest for the soul and may I dive deep into the new season of loving women and showing up to serve with my gifts.