You've been planning for months. You’ve carefully considered the venue, invitations, decorations, guests, and music. No detail is left unaccounted for. Your outfit makes you feel good and gives you the confidence to be “host.”
The scene is set and it’s time. Your friends begin to arrive. Joy comes in, always floating around the room spreading happiness. Apprehensive arrives quietly, walking the perimeter. Courage steps up and bravely introduces their newfound friends. Fun bounds in with energy bouncing off the walls. The party is alive.
You notice Doubt questioning the playlist that Joy and Fun chose to bring everyone together in the moment. A glass breaks and Worry rushes to your side causing considerable discomfort. You feel the urge to do something to get away from the anxiety welling up inside you. You begin moving, checking off your list of connections as you work the room.
The volume in the room is rising. The mic on stage catches your attention. It’s time to welcome your guests. You step up and all eyes are on you. The music stops and Fear commands the room with quiet intensity.
Courage creates an opening, Joy gives you a wink, and Fear, Doubt, and Apprehensive take a seat.
“Welcome to my party! We have many forms of energy present. Let’s appreciate everyone here tonight. We all have a part in each other’s growth and evolution. Let’s raise our glasses to clarity within abundance!”
Thinking about the “parties we host”, I invite you to reflect on the poem, The Guest House by Rumi:
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
- By Rumi
As we recognize Women’s History Month, let us all support each other to find power in our abundance and leave the mark we want on history.
Women and girls everywhere: bring awareness to your “epic party” in all that you do and harness the opportunity for growth that fear, doubt, and worry offer us. Sometimes we have guests that seem like they are derailing the vibe, but you are the host of your epic party, your house. We can always step up to the microphone, honor all who are present and make the vibe what we want it to be.
Be the leader of your path.