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Failing Forward Podcast
January 2022

You Are Worthy. End of Sentence.

To be frank, my 2021 was not an easy year. My marriage ended abruptly, I sold my dream house, and then moved. So, I decided to do a few things for myself. I went on a trip solo for the first time. I know many of you will think, that’s the first time you did this? And yes, (embarrassed) yes, it was. 😊

I wanted to do something that created discomfort and growth. I wanted to spend time with myself. Despite my nerves, I did it and felt great about it! I went to a beautiful wellness resort in Palm Springs, California, called We Care. For five days, I detoxed my body and lived on a liquid diet—another first!

I’ve been thinking about this concept from Mariann Williamson: Nothing you do or think or wish or make is necessary to establish your worth.

I thought by going to this wellness resort and by going on a trip by myself, that it would make me feel better about myself. It would give me self-worth. And it did—in the short-term. But Marianne isn’t talking about a post-vacation glow or other temporary bliss. She’s talking about the long haul.

Your, my, our worth is a constant. It is ceaseless. It is there regardless of goal achievement. Surely, I’m not alone in thinking that if I work hard enough, am skinny enough, make enough money, then I’m worthy. So, how do we accept that we have worth without having to work so hard for it?

In her book A Return to Love, Marianne says that by simply being born, we have worth. She said, when Michelangelo was asked how he created a piece of sculpture, he answered that the statue already existed within the marble. God had created the Pieta, David, Moses. Michelangelo’s job, as he saw it, was to get rid of the excess marble that surrounded God’s creation.  

Whether you believe in God, the big bang theory, or whatever you choose, I believe we each have worth. And my hope this year is that you and I find our own worth so we can be the Michelangelos of 2022.

Yours in failure,

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This week on the show, hear from Kristin Shrimplin, the CEO of Women Helping Women. Next on the show, we welcome Jeff Berding, the newly installed co-CEO of FC Cincinnati.

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