how do we measure up?

From Randi Buckley's newsletter on the feeling of invisibility we sometimes experience –

We feel connected when people recognize our gifts and talents. We thrive when they thrive from those offerings. We shine and create light for others. To me, that is the feeling of being most alive, shining that light. “Our people” are both fuel for the light and recipients of its warmth and glow.

Like Randi, there have been many times when it was the belief that others had in me that helped me to feel seen. I've worked hard to learn to reassure myself so that I need less validation from others for my life choices and for my art . . . but I still want to feel as though my life has purpose. When I put my talents to use, I feel fully alive.