1. When you start opening up yourself to the world, you’ll begin to see where the light finds its way inside, like when it streams through your blinds and your curtains, leaving everything with a golden glow that somehow feels like magic you can hold.
2. You’ll see the magic in the little moments of life, too, like when your beloved kisses you on the head before you go to work, or when your heart bursts with joy as they walk through the door.
3. When you start opening up yourself to the world, you’ll appreciate tiny things that you never gave a second thought. Things like a fresh cup of coffee, and a warm bed to lay your head, and breaking bread with friends from far and wide will fill your heart.
4. You’ll find peace at a table with friends and find yourself looking for ways to grow your table, too. Many hearts around a table is a gift, and it’s one that you will never again neglect.
5. When you start opening up yourself to the world, you’ll find possibilities where you thought there were none.
6. You’ll see that there is always a possibility for love, learning, and an opportunity to make someone else feel seen, heard, and loved.
7. When you start opening up yourself to the world, you’ll see that there is always something to learn, and that no matter who you are or what your field is, everyone can teach you something, even if it’s what not to do.
8. You’ll learn how to say, “I don’t know,” and release yourself from the shame that comes with not knowing, and when you find comfort in that, you’ll be able to create a space for others to do the same.
9. When you start opening up yourself to the world, you’ll see that even though you may not always be able to control what life throws your way, you are in control of how you react to things.
10. You’ll realize that you are in control of how you react to other humans, that you are the one who chooses to lead with love or hate. That you are the one who puts in the hard work —that dedication and discipline do not come from anyone else but you.
11. When you start opening up yourself to the world, you’ll see pieces of your story and the stories of the ones you love reflected in the people you meet. And when you’re able to see your glimpses of your own story in the hearts and spirits of another, you’ll see that this world isn’t so big after all.