In my work I don’t help people.
I don’t empower women.
And I don’t hustle.
Here’s the thing, the word ‘hustle’ for me is a marketing buzz word intended to get you to DO MORE. I am about BEING MORE.
“You need to always be busy doing something to bring about your goals. If you are not hustling you are slacking.”
In addition, don’t forget about the connotations of ‘hustle’ being shady, slick and underhanded. “I got hustled.” “He’s a hustler.” “The hustle and bustle.”
Frenzied energy that does not lend to my MO.
If you are hustling you are not allowing the flow and you know I am all about allowing the flow. If you are in alignment you are in the flow. There is no hustle to make things happen, there is just keeping up with the flow!!! You don’t make things happen you allow them to happen and dare to keep up! Some days it is all I can do to keep track of the increase in flow because SO much changes day to day that a week feels like it had to have been a month! How else could SO much be SO different?
So I don’t ‘plan to hustle’ I ‘align to flow’.
Here’s the official definition
verb [with object and infinitive]
give (someone) the authority or power to do something: nobody was empowered to sign checks on her behalf.
Its a very egotistical power structure word. “I bestow upon you…” is the essence of it.
In my work I don’t see women or anyone as without authority or power. Everyone is born powerful and NO ONE can take that away, but like an illusionist, someone CAN convince you that they took it away. Therefore, if I am to open your eyes to the illusion I am not empowering you…I am not giving you something that you don’t already have within you…I am enabling you…but enabling has a stigma about it, doesn’t it?
And here’s that definition:
give (someone or something) the authority or means to do something: [with object and infinitive] : the evidence would enable us to arrive at firm conclusions.
There is a very different energy about it for me. While both mention ‘authority’, empower talks of ‘giving power’ but enable speaks of ‘giving means’.
And further, enable is “• make possible: a number of courses are available to enable an understanding of a broad range of issues.”
Rather than “• make (someone) stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights: movements to empower the poor.”
For me the difference is this. If I live in a house that has no electricity, I have to have the power company empower me. I don’t have electricity. I don’t have access to it at all unless it is given to me.
BUT if I live in a house that has electricity, the power company does not empower me to flip the switch to turn it on. That is all me.
We are born powerful. We do not get it bestowed upon us by anyone -other than perhaps our Creator, but that is a different conversation. However, the master illusionists in our lives and our society may have convinced us that those light switches on the wall are just for decoration.
I enable people to access the power that others shamed them out of.
Oh, I saved this for last. Another very egotistical word that sets up a power structure. Why do you think it is SO hard for so many to ‘ask for help’????? It is felt as one reaching down to another. You have not fallen and need me to pull you up. You are not broken and need my help to put the pieces back together. No. I don’t help people…I assist people.
I assist people in their transformation transitions.
That’s my magic super power. I am a transformer. I spark something in others that creates the fire of transformation. I am not their fire. I do not light their fire. I do not tend their fire. I do not set them on fire.
I am a spark. Nothing more, nothing less.
What one does with that spark is totally and completely up to them. If what comes next is nothing, then that is about them. If what comes next is a forest fire, that too is about them. I am a spark. Nothing more, nothing less.
It doesn’t matter the transition you are struggling with: dying, grieving, marriage, unemployment, drug addiction, coming out, having a baby…my approach is still the same.
And dare I say I might even sparkle while doing it!!
I love you.