More than numbers

A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms – Zen Shin


You are more than the sum of the people who like you today who won’t like you tomorrow.

Your life will be riddled with numbers that disguise themselves as a measure of your worth, most of which aren’t and don’t even matter.

You will be asked to measure yourself in numbers; your age, your size, your wealth…

You will be asked to describe yourself in so many numbers.

To some people (and even to yourself) those numbers become the standard for which you’ll measure ‘success’ by (whether knowingly or subconsciously).

There is even a number for the things you shouldn’t care about but somehow ‘need’ to know.

Your potential reach, your level of engagement, the effectiveness of your message…

And if people say nothing, you’ll assign a number to their silence.

You will be encouraged to live alongside these numbers (sometimes in harmony but mostly in conflict with these numbers) and you will need to stop yourself from pouring over them.

Because all those innocent little numbers will manifest an unquenchable thirst for ‘how can I’s’…

How can I be better, how can I have more…numbers in my life (numbers of things, numbers of fans, number of likes, number of dollars…) numbers that don’t really mean anything.

That’s right, they don’t mean anything and you don’t have to listen.

You are so much more than the numbers that try to give your life meaning and tell you (subconsciously) that you are worth this much.

More than these numbers that would make you feel like you lack something.

The thing you can’t know and won’t see is your impact, your intangible worth.
It is the thing that no one can put a number on because it doesn’t exist inside an age or a like or some other external measure of your value.

It lives inside you and it is and has always been your truest truth.

Reminding you to trust in it.

That gut instinct, that internal knowing.

That part of you that knows without so much as a second thought that you are worth more than any number bestowed upon you by someone or something else.

Stop looking for a number to measure yourself by.

Trust in your worth.
Believe in your worth.
Don’t ask others to give their opinion on your worth.
They don’t know you like you know yourself.

My worth is not a number.
Your worth is not a number.

We are infinitely great.

Erena Te Paa sig

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  1. Becs
    September 24, 2017 / 9:14 am

    Love this! I have been pondering/stressing/anxious of this very thing over the last week. I’m starting next week fresh, no more numbers. X

  2. Anonymous
    September 24, 2017 / 9:51 am

    Ereana, you always write with such clarity -words of great beauty and truth.
    May you always be blessed with the kindness and grace you gift others.
    Ann XX

  3. September 25, 2017 / 7:10 am

    Thank you Ann for your kind words and for THE nicest blessing. Really that was truly lovely to receive xx

  4. September 25, 2017 / 7:26 am

    Becs, thank you and YES! Stress and anxiety and all because of some silly little numbers…ain’t no-one got time for that 😉 Have a wonderfully stress-free week not caring anymore! X

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