We have been trained to operate as if the different facets of our lives are separate from each other. You’ve heard this before; “leave your personal life at home,” “don’t bring your personal life to work,” “it’s time for mommy-mode,” and the list goes on. The truth is we bring our whole selves everywhere we go. And for most of us, how we show up is how we are received. If we are received well, we show up well, and if not, then we show up as if we are not.
For me, this ability to show up as my whole self is a glorious arising. It’s the ability to be ever-evolving as a human and bring every part of myself to every exchange and opportunity. Regardless of what is presented to me, I recognize that each facet of who I am brings up its own fears, doubts, worries, etc. – but choosing to respond with my whole self is discipline. Discipline is taking responsibility for all that you are and every way you respond, even if its with love.
No matter what the world is saying or how much you are urged to separate the different areas of your life, showing up as your whole self is the key. You can be a mom, wife, director, artist, gardener, and friend without switching out one for the other. This is your unique life experience – no one else is going to build the perfect life for you.