Hey there ,
Yesterday I spoke about how we are all perfectly imperfect. This was an epiphany I gleaned from my weekend in St. Petersburg at Elliott Hulses’ Strengthology Workshop.
The way this epiphany came, however, was not the usual flash of insight that is accompanied by excitement and a rush of good feeling. In fact, it came up slowly, on my blind side, and when I first became aware of it, my first response was, “Aww, really?”
Elliott’s workshop was on what he calls the Fourth Layer of Strength — presentable strength. It’s the ability to showcase your unique gifts and share them with others.
When we think of gifts, we really think super powers. These are the things that other people have that we admire them for, with Elliott that’s strength and conviction, self confidence and not a little swagger. He’s taken what was ostensibly a fitness business and grown it into a ministry of personal development.
Which is why we relate, I too am a minister of the soul, only I can’t quite pull off the swagger Elliott has.
The reason I fought this particular epiphany was that it held the realization that I had been trying to be something I’m not. I was trying to copy Elliott, who’s sexy and has swagger. In this sense, I’m not and I don’t.
Yes, I know I’m sexually attractive enough to have appealed to my beautiful wife. We have maintained a very successful and loving relationship for twenty years, but that’s not what I’m talking about.
I’m talking sexy in a mass appeal sense. Mick Jagger is sexy, even though anyone who looks at him clearly has to admit — he’s butt ugly.
What I had to realize though is that not being sexy like Elliott is actually a strength. What good would I be if I were just like Elliott? He already exists. How would I help anyone by doing what he does? It’s already being done.
What’s not being done is me. There is no one else out there just like Dave Hall. No one can do what I do.
I am perfect in my imperfection.
If this is true for me, which it is, that means it’s also true for you; as you are, right now.
Don’t miss out on your gifts because they don’t look like someone else’s. You be you. By being you, you’ll find all kinds of swagger. It’s the natural expression of a soul allowed to fully be itself, we’re all attracted to it.
So, embrace you. Be you.
To your perfect imperfection,
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