September 19, 2012

Gimme a Bigger Piece of Pie

Pie is such a beautiful thing. Whoever invented it should have his or her own holiday.

I've been thinking about something that's bothering me and somehow pie just seems to illustrate my point. I hope you'll hang with me on this might just cheer you up.

We all know that when pie is sliced, everybody gets a piece. There's only so much to go around and a bigger piece for me might mean that you're stuck with a smaller piece. This all makes sense to me in the world of pie.

But why have we taken this pie theology and applied it to other things in life?

For instance, why do we believe there is only so much success to go around?

Success is not pie. One person experiencing what seems like a large amount of success does not mean there is less success available for me (or you).

But we've somehow convinced ourselves of this and I want to say right now that we are believing a big fat lie. There is PLENTY of success to go around. There is more than enough happiness, love, beauty, talent, humor, wisdom, kindness, grace and hope for all of us to have what we need and then some.

Just because it seems like someone you know is getting an extra helping does not mean you have to get less.

Maybe you don't feel very successful right now. I've been there. I hate to beat a dead horse, but did I mention I was fired? But even in the midst of a less-than-thrilling professional set back, I could search my heart at the end of the day and be happy with what I found. To me, that's the very definition of success.

There's something great inside you my friend. Something amazing. And it can never be made less than simply because it seems somebody else has what looks like more. Exactly as you are in this moment, you are completely and totally enough.


And just because someone else has already done or is already doing something that you secretly (or not so secretly) want to do yourself, please don't let it keep you from sticking to your course. I was having this very conversation tonight with a dear friend.

She is in the process of launching a podcast and I told her I'd really like to do the same. Although I've wanted to do it for so long now that I feel like I'm just jumping on the bandwagon if I do it. She said she kind of felt that way too. That she wished she'd done it sooner to get ahead of the game.

But this is so silly. It's not as if all the best things have already been created and those of us who haven't done our creating yet have missed the boat. Not even. I cannot believe this for one second.

So don't you believe it either. Promise me. The world needs what you will create. It needs your own unique brand of boldness and gumption. We all need it. And we all need each other.