I already picked my words/themes for 2016 so it was quite a surprise that another one has popped up over the past several weeks. I'm not sure what the ultimate word will be, but it's along the lines of visibility.
I have actually seen so many people grappling with this theme, as well. I think many of us are at a stage in our development in which we are ready for this. We are ready to be seen, or at least we are ready to face the fact that we have to allow ourselves to be seen if we want to achieve our dreams.
One of my biggest challenges in visibility has been in my writing. It has taken me years - no, decades - to allow myself to share my writing with others. But I still have a long way to go. I still largely hide what I do in my "offline life." I'm still afraid to reveal my dreams to others, worrying that they will respond by saying, "Who are you to achieve that?" or "You're not talented enough."
But the message I have received again and again over the past few months is that I must learn to be more forthcoming about my writing and my dreams if I want to move forward. It's not an option to keep hiding anymore.
Even recording this podcast was a challenge - I was afraid to share this. But last night, I had a dream in which I told all my co-workers about my writing and they insisted that I plan a public reading. There was something about the dream that has haunted me ever since. I believe it symbolized a major shift in my energy...and maybe even predicted what's to come.
It's time to let that light shine upon us and reveal everything. Everything. Scary. But exhilarating.