Erika Harris + Naomi Wilzig
Earlier this month in South Beach, Florida I met the woman who founded the world's largest erotic art museum -- WEAM. She is dignified and regal. A true lady. And her gallery is filled with the wildest manifestations of humanity's expressed and repressed sexuality and eroticism. Gathering all those artifacts, knowledge and history was an important work I'm sure many didn't understand or support. Thankfully, it didn't stop her.
Which brings me to you. If you are pouring yourself into a pursuit or project, and especially if it is controversial or misunderstood, I am to encourage you to persist. Insist. Lean forward and bring that precious thing into completion.
Your daily commitment will feed you with all that you need: insights, resources, strategies, connections, miracles. Become as solid and immovable as Mount Kilimanjaro. Love, not duty, will empower you to do so. To be so. Each failure or setback will only add to your height and breadth. Nothing gets wasted.
Discouragement and fatigue will melt into amusing puddles at your feet. Make use of their water, and plant flowers there! Memorialize the shadow-talkers who said it couldn't be done. Enshrine your conviction that knew it could happen all along.
The question "How are you?" is PROFOUND.
But it has been watered-down to a synonym for "Hello."
Forced or fake auto-responses of obligated okay-ness are expected.
(And if you are going through something tragic, it really doesn't matter! Every social encounter OPENS with this well-established Ritual of Insincerity.)
The question "How are you?" prompts an answer that begins with "I AM _____________."
This means many times each day, you are invited to SPEAK THE MOST POWERFUL STATEMENT that can be spoken of yourself.
And the socially-expected thing to do, is be QUICK + SLICK with your answer.
For a change... TAKE YOUR TIME, and tell your truth. ✍🏾