Many of my clients say they feel like too much. They are often told this by family, friends, educators, and medical professionals. Too much to handle. Too much awareness. Too high standards. Too many expectations. Too many emotions. Too many questions. Too many worries. Too many desires. Too many words. Too many careers. Too many ideas. Too many books.
Are you too much? Or are you just a lot? Abundant. Lush. Bountiful. Exuberant. Prolific. Affluent. Generous. Plentiful. Resourceful. Powerful. Influential.
Well, when I put it that way, it sounds pretty good. Right?
Reminds you of the rainforest, doesn’t it? And surely, you would not tell the rainforest it is too much.
But I understand. It can be overwhelming or intense in the jungle. It can be irritating, annoying, or scary if you run into a swarm of mosquitoes or a den of snakes. It can be thrilling, inspiring, and magnificent. All at the same time.
So, my dears, how do you manage all that? How do you live with it? How do you relate to other humans?
It’s complicated. (Did you see that coming?)
As you can imagine, because you are all different and complex in your own unique ways, the answers to these questions will vary. Some of you will need to understand your sensitivities and empathy and find tools to build healthy boundaries so you are less overwhelmed by other humans and their emotions, their suffering, or their criticism. Some of you will need to practice regular self-soothing techniques to calm your anxiety and reduce your tendency to worry about life, the universe, and everything. Some of you will need to learn to tune into and trust your intuition so that decision-making is not quite so difficult and so you deepen your connection with a spiritual source. Some of you will need to research what it means to be twice-exceptional. Some of you will need to learn ways to communicate more effectively with people who might not think at your speed or feel at your depth. Some of you will need to change career paths multiple times. Some of you will need to find a good therapist who can take you on the deep journey to heal your early family trauma. Some of you will need to take the first step to initiate contact with a new friend. Some of you will need to find creative ways to build a community of like-minds. Some of you will need to experiment with different art forms because you are driven to find your creative voice(s). Some of you will need to learn to dance the Argentine tango so people will finally be able to follow you. Some of you will need to join with others who are socially responsible to take action to create a better world. Some of you will need to give yourselves permission to accept that you do indeed have a rainforest mind and to finally step into all that you are.
Many of you, well, may need to do all of the above.
So, next time you feel like you are too much, remember you are bountiful, lush, and generous. And in the wise words of C.D.Bower: “One of the marks of true genius is a quality of abundance. A rich, rollicking abundance. Enough to give indigestion to ordinary people.”
To my bloggEEs: Tell us about your “rich, rollicking abundance.” We love that about you. Thank you, as always, for reading and sharing. My next book is almost here! I’m hoping for early June. Look for the announcement here and on my other social media accounts. It is a guided journal designed just for you!
For those of you who are parents, the summit from Bright and Quirky about screen time/social media and your gifted child starts today. (Monday, May 15, 2023) For more information, go here (my affiliate link)
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