We have a saying in Story Sessions Community: "You are not too much." "Too much." It was a message

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We have a saying in Story Sessions Community: "You are not too much." "Too much." It was a message we got used to hearing over and over again throughout our lives. "You talk too much. You worry too much. You eat too much. You're over-thinking it. You are overly dramatic." Here's a word I hate to see misused: Overly. I see this word assigned to so many human actions as a criticism. Overly emotional, overly dramatic, overly loud, overly large, overly talkative, overly sensitive. It is part of every story. This word has been used against us. We use this word on others. We use it on ourselves. It is a sneaky way to dismiss our bodies and our feelings as unimportant; another way of saying our beings take up too much space. It is a secret…show more content…
Emotions are a necessary part of our whole humanity. They may be more than we have learned to be comfortable with, but they are not too much. You are not too much. Let's stop using "overly" as a dismissal of ourselves or others. Let's allow for our whole selves to take up space in this world. Let's use our words as an invitation to be all of who we are, even in the discomfort. Let's use words that build up and do not tear down, words that bring peace and grace. People need to be loved, not deconstructed. If I truly believe our being human gives us intrinsic value, I need to start acting like it. I need to start valuing the whole person, and all the space they inhabit. Even, no especially, my wildly creative children. Join me? You have permission to be the person you are, the size you are, the vocal volume you are, the feelings you are, the talker you are, to be as sensitive and dramatic as you are. You... are... not... too... much. Prompt: Sometimes we will encounter hurtful dismissals from ourselves or others through harsh words. The work of a peacemaker is not to return hurt for hurt, but to overcome it with goodness. Write a blessing to speak truth over the words that wound and the lies of "too much" for when they arise in your life. Keep it as simple and memorable as: "These words do not define me. My dreams are not too big for me. I can be all of who I am." Commit it to memory if you can, or store it

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