Saturday, January 27, 2018
Enough for 2018
In a personal sense, my word describes my intention to do more work around self-acceptance, positive affirmation and silencing my inner critic. We are daily bombarded with messages that tell us we are not slim enough, smart enough, rich enough, talented enough. . . the list goes on and on and on. Embracing a sense of not enoughness breeds shame and fosters all sorts of maladaptive behaviors in a futile attempt to be OK in our own skin.
According to my friend Merriam-Webster, when used as an adverb the word "enough" refers to something that occurs "in such quantity, quality or scope as to fully meet demands, needs or expectations." I am enough; you are enough. We are human beings created in the image and likeness of God; that makes us fully enough.
I am in a post-major birthday funk that is common during life transitions. My husband says that I
The broader implications of my 2018 word came this week while watching the incredibly brave women who confronted their abuser in a court of law. It seems that every institution in our society is being forced to deal with the consequences of decades of systemic discrimination and sexual harassment and assault of women. No segment of our society has been exempt--from Hollywood to the local church, sports and news organizations and political figures. The #MeToo campaign gave thousands of women an opportunity to finally acknowledge publicly what has been tolerated in secret.
"Enough" when used as a determiner and pronoun expresses an "impatient desire for the cessation of undesirable behavior or speech. . . [and] indicates that one is unwilling to tolerate any more." Until we say "ENOUGH" to a culture of objectification and marginalization of women and children, we will never be able to prevent monsters like Larry Nassar from sexually molesting little girls in their mother's presence. ENOUGH! The laws we have passed and the protections we have put in place will never be enough until the societal and often religiously sanctioned discrimination is stopped.
It occurs to me that both the personal and broader implications of my word are intertwined. Advocacy must begin with me. I must embrace my intrinsic value and enoughness in order to stand and fight against the systems that are designed to keep me in an inferior or marginalized position. If I am to fight for others, I must first fight for myself. I must do the internal work so that I can fully engage in the external battle. I am enough; you are enough and together we are enough to challenge and change a culture that insists we are not. Enough and ENOUGH!