A common experience is looking out at the world and seeing many other people who appear to do what you do. And to then become discouraged because they seem to do it better than you. Or are more successful.
This is a great evil because it blocks many people from bringing their contributions to the world.
It's like seeing an orchestra and saying, "Why are there so many violinists?", or "There's already a string instrument, what's the point of those cellos".
Another way of looking at it is that each of us is a vital part of a cosmic symphony.
No one can play your music but you.
The perception that you are not unique, not good enough, or have nothing to contribute is a lie that hurts you and the world.
This problem is made worse by social media. We have algorithms that surface the most virtuoso, most beautiful, most talented people in a given area and then we compare ourselves to them.
What's theirs to do is theirs. What's yours to do is yours. The beauty of the whole is dependent on diverse and unique contributions.
Claim your worth. Your power. Your giftedness. Trust that you are enough.
If there's a voice inside being harshly critical of me or you right now, consider that it is serving to keep you safe. To not take any risks. You can appreciate it for this. However, if it continues to dominate you, you will continue to feel that something is missing.
Find the courage to face the pain of inadequacy. It is a necessary step in transcending it.
Create space in yourself to feel your vulnerable longings.
Your life will shine brighter and the world will be more beautiful for it.
God picks up the reed-flute world and blows.
Each note is a need coming through one of us,
a passion, a longing pain.
Remember the lips
where the wind-breath originated,
and let your note be clear.
Don't try to end it. Be your note.
"I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free" performed by Nina Simone
This song evokes a joyful spaciousness. A sense of liberation and the undefended expression of our deepest longings.
If you want to go deeper into these themes for yourself, Byron Brown's "Soul without Shame" is as good a book as any.