I believe in you.
It’s something we don’t hear often enough, something that so many of us long to hear.
When was the last time you heard those words?
When was the last time you said them?
There is power in these four simple words: I believe in you. We all want to hear them, to receive them, to let them sink into our hearts.
But it’s rare and it’s vulnerable.
It’s vulnerable for me to say them to you. Maybe you’ll think I’m being disingenuous. But the truth is I mean it.
Here’s the thing: I have never met a person who was unworthy of believing in.
When you get down underneath the normal, everyday self, the self that is full of hurts and habits, the social self, the presentational self, and you get into the soft and tender bits, the unsullied heart of a human being, inevitably and unquestionably there is someone to believe in.
That belief isn’t that you are going to fulfill my expectations. Who am I to have expectations of you?
That belief isn’t even that you will necessarily fulfill all of your own. (Though you might!)
That belief is that you are a boon to this world. That you are a magnificent constellation of gifts and talents that will light up the world as they are revealed. I believe that you are like a seed ready to burst forth into the most exquisite expression of who you are meant to be.That inside of you is a grand potential to unfurl into an exquisite individual like the world has never seen before. And I believe that “belief in you” is one of the ingredients that will make that happen.
I’m not saying that you need me or anyone else to believe in you in order to fulfill your destiny. You have the capability of growing no matter what.
What I am saying is that each of us grows a little stronger, a little braver, a little shinier when the light of belief shines on us, when we know that somewhere out in the world there is someone who sees the good in us, who is cheering us on.
So, dear reader, I believe in you.
And I encourage you to tell someone out there that you believe in them too. It will make a difference. I promise.