10 Dec '14, 5pm

Encouragement When You Don't Feel Like You Belong

Encouragement When You Don't Feel Like You Belong

I’m sitting in the lobby of a hotel, surrounded by strange carpet patterns and mismatched chairs. Some morning talk show is on the television while men in suits sit at tables and conduct business, while another talks on his phone. Christmas carols play in the background and all the noise and clatter is somehow soothing and distracting at the same time. And while I’m flipping through photos on my phone of an incredibly fun day with friends, my heart is fighting to be fully present. I’m missing home, I’m missing fresh new snuggles with my nephew who was born yesterday, and I’m fighting the fear that I don’t belong here. I’m afraid I won’t have anything to add to our conversations. I’m nervous that what I bring to the table won’t be counted. Even in a room full of friends who believe in me and love me, who cheer for me and include me, I let the enemy sneak into my head and pi...

Full article: http://crystalstine.me/encouragement-dont-feel-like-belong/

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