Who’s on Your List?

In “Eat, Pray, Love,” Liz Gilbert and her friend come up with a list of people who would sign their petition and show their support.

Sometimes, I’m working on a project or a goal and I need support because I feel alone and insecure. Knowing that other people have my back is a huge support and gives me a feeling of community and security.

In the book, they add people from history, including Abraham Lincoln. After reading an article about how Marilyn Monroe was a big support to Ella Fitzgerald, I always put both of them on my list. Carrie Fisher was famous for replying to fans emails asking for help and support. I spend many many hours a week listening to podcasts hosted by people who are all on the path to growth and development. I never met my grandmother, but my father always said how much she would have loved me. They all make it on to my list!

We could call this the “Yang of Self-Compassion” inspired by Kristin Neff. These are people who have that protective “Momma Bear” or “Papa Bear” energy and would stand up for you with a special kind of ferociousness.

I encourage you to set a timer for at least 2 minutes and brainstorm who is on your list. If time allows, call a friend and/or run a web search to look for more people to add to your list. You may like to keep your list with you, put it somewhere you will see it every day, or put it in an envelope and mail it to yourself.

Who can be on your list?

People you respect and admire

People from your past who you remember fondly

Celebrities who are an inspiration

Others who are doing similar work to you and believe in the cause

Others who are going through the same process/journey/struggle as you and understand the challenges and benefits

People who accept/embrace their imperfections

Add me! I want to be on your list! I believe in you!

Please comment below and let me know who is on your list!

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