LIGHTEN UP!

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You did not come to this physical time and place to prove anything to anyone - to prove yourself worthy or to make your mark on the chart. You came forth out of sheer exuberance for life.
                                                          ~ Abraham Hicks

Once upon a time there was a "fun loving, free spirit, ready to go socialize and play" young woman living a cheerful life. Not a care in the world, full of vim, vigor and enthusiasm she bounced out the door calling, "I'm going to Chrissy's house. She's having a bunch of us over for a pool party. Be back later."

A BOOMING response immediately came back startling the "fun loving, free spirit, ready to go socialize and play" young woman, stopping her in her tracks.

"Not so fast young lady. Let me remind you of something very important before you walk out that door. REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE! Remember that how you behave today and every day, reflects not only on yourself, but also on me, your father, your brother and your sisters. Now...go forth with your sheer exuberance, and have a great time."

WHAM! Like a pin suddenly popping an enormously inflated balloon the "fun loving, free spirit, ready to go socialize and play" young woman instantly deflates. POOF! Her free spirit is gone. Her fun loving attitude is now one of frustration, anxiety and resolve.

"OMG!" she sighs, I've got to drag the entire family with me, again?" Burdened with what feels like 100 pounds of baggage dumped on her back, the once "fun loving, free spirit, ready to go socialize and play" young woman surrenders her joy. Her once cheerfully inflated bubble now burst, she cries out....

"Why can't I just be me? Why can't I just have fun? Why do I have to carry everyone's expectations with me everywhere I go?"

LIGHTEN UP everybody, for God's sakes, just lighten up!

Folks, is any part of this scenario familiar to you? Stay tuned and discover what this "fun loving, free spirit, ready to go socialize and play" young woman does to Lighten Up!

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