One my friends from Ball State, Kyle Krauskopf, is a talented artist who lives in Seattle. I love following his instagram account for his art, but also for his positivity and words of encouragement. He has an incredible gift for spreading joy and encouragement.
On Tuesday, he shared a quote from Lisa Olivera Therapy. The quote was about self-forgiveness, and I really wanted to know more about it when I saw it. As I scrolled through her page, I loved what I saw. She has so many impactful words and thoughts.
As I was reading, I saw this post about what we all have in common. It was so meaningful to me-- for us, for our kids, for our parents. I thought it was worth a share. I hope it sparks something in you, too.
Lisa Olivera's instagram: @lisaoliveratherapy
Kyle Krauskopf's instagram: @kylekrauskopf
Just thinking about how much we have in common.
How easy it is to overlook our shared humanity.
How quick we can be to 'other' people, and give into the false sense of separateness, and forget our inherent connection to one another.
How we often forget to pause and remember the people around us are also human, also figuring it out, also wanting these things.
How often we judge in others what we do not know how to hold within ourselves.
How often we admire in others what we forget we also contain.
How many have had to abandon themselves to feel even a glimmer of these things.
How naturally we offer others the very things we believe we don't deserve.
How common it is to feel like we're the only ones.
How the story of what we believe about ourselves was often conceived even before we were.
How we all want similar outcomes.
How we are mirrors of what we see and we see what's mirrored back.
I'm not 100% sure about any of this, but I am sure I'm not the only one exploring these things and wanting to really grasp onto the truth of how wildly similar and connected we are underneath the built-up idea of disconnection.