Hello, Sunshine! My take away from "Together Live"
Last night I attended the Austin tour of “Hello Sunshine x Together Live” - a collection of awesome women - Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, Maysoon Zayid, CAM, Melissa Villaseñor, Priya Parker, and, yes, Brené Brown - who came together to share their stories and insights. It was two delightful hours of singing, laughing, crying, and aha-ing.
If you were there, you may have seen the lightbulb illuminating above my head in between laughs and nods of agreement.
Here’s what I took away:
We each have a purpose.
QUOTED BY JENNIFER RUDOLPH WALSH: “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” —Mark Twain
Finding our purpose or identifying our gift, has potential to bring great joy to our lives. By sharing our gift with others, we receive many gifts in return. Our gift is what is “obvious” to us, and yet it is not obvious to others. In other words, those things that come natural or easy to us are our gifts. These gifts are what we can offer to others and how we can serve others. It’s how we can uplift others. Sharing our gifts bring us connection, joy, energy, fulfillment, and strength.
We each have power.
It is up to us to embody our power, to harness it, and to rise up with it. We are not to shrink our power, or puff up with it. Rather stand firmly and securely in it.
We each have a story.
Our story often brings to light our purpose and our power. There is a purpose in our story and a great deal of power in owning and sharing our story. Our stories have potential to bring us down - to create unhappiness, pain, and suffering. AND they have potential to bring us up - to bring us joy, resuscitate or free us, and to connect us to others. We have the power to write our own story.
There is no better time than the present to find our purpose and use our power to tell our story and bring our community together and make a change.
Some questions from the event to help you explore your purpose, power, and story:
What do I want to give voice to, even if it shakes?
What are the elements of my story?
What have been the moments in my life that have most defined me or my lens on the world?
What have I struggled to speak in the world?
If I weren’t afraid to share this story, what would I say?
Who are the people who I want to share my story with?
Who are the people in my world who might support me in sharing this story?
Who needs to hear my story?
Who might relate to this story?
Whose story do I want to hear?
What are my sources of strength?
Who might I be powerful with?
What does it mean to own my power?
How do we tap into our collective power?
What is the biggest need in the world/the community that I might have the passion and compacity to address?
What makes me come alive?
What makes me angry?
Where and how do I want to focus my attention and use my voice?