X is for…

In the alphabet of doing what you love… today’s post comes to you by the letter X…

In medieval times it’s said that people who couldn’t read and write would sign documents with an ‘X’. According to The History of the Kiss author, Marcel Danesi, “it was customary for them to plant a physical kiss on the X”… the universal symbol for blessing your message before sending it out into the world.

As we approach the end of our alphabet adventure (I promise it’ll all be over tomorrow… or the next day tops), it’s worth remembering that the hero’s journey doesn’t end when she’s gone into the cave and fought the dragon. Before the story can end heroically…

The hero must return with the elixir.

The purpose of doing what you love is partly to find the treasure inside yourself. But heroes are selfless souls and they don’t keep treasure all to themselves. They come back to share it and heal their community.

This can actually be as scary as the dragon… it’s the moment before you hit ‘publish’ on your first blog post, click ‘submit’ on the application for your dream job, step onto the stage to give your big presentation. All your hard work and struggle, all your blood, sweat and tears have brought you to this.

As you stand at the edge, take a moment to look at how far you’ve come… who you were before and who you’ve become because of the lesson you’ve learnt.

And put your name on it.

Use an ‘x’, or whatever works for you, to give it your blessing.

Sign it, seal it and send it out there so the thing you’ve made can change the world.

At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about what you’ve done with those accomplishments. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.

Denzel Washington (swoon!)
Photo by Albert Rafael on Pexels.com

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