“We spend so much energy and breath trying to be accepted in tribes that are not in our ‘soul DNA’. Learn to walk away from a table that has no seat reserved for you. Align, go with your flow and the rhythm of synchronicity will lead you to your tribe.”
― Malebo Sephodi
There are seven women (non-family members) I could call this very moment, for any reason in the world, and they would stop what they were doing to help me, no matter what had happened. They would travel, plot, scheme or send money… and I would do the same for them. But, I haven’t always been able to say that.
Just ten years ago, I was barely above water in toddler/baby land and I was not the best company. I could hardly carry on a conversation for more than the time it took for one of my kids to need tending to. Diapers. Parks. Snacks. Cleaning. More diapers… those weren’t my finest days, but they were my crucible days. If I could sum it up, it would be this: extreme trying and extreme dying.
I was desperate for help back then, but what I finally realized was that I needed to be the hero of my story and build my serving/nurturing/patience muscles that weren’t yet truly developed. For some people, the muscles that need developing will be vastly different! But once those beautiful virtues were stronger, my skies seemed more open, more bright; I had more space to welcome-in and nurture my tribe.
My kindred tribe is a blend of real, vulnerable, strong, imperfect, struggling and faithful women who all teach me, encourage me, exhort and love me. We build each other up. We give of ourselves, lavishly. Every encounter, every minute that we are blessed to spend together makes me a better person. We have battle wounds; life hasn’t been kind to us all the time. We share the tears, the trials, and the torments. We pray for each other, we open ourselves up to examination. We set healthy boundaries. We also believe that if one of us is married, supporting one another’s marriage is crucial.
There will be times when the spouse of a dear friend won’t be our favorite person of the day/week/month, but it is antithetical to true friendship to commisurate against someone’s spouse under the guise of “listening and being supportive”. I’m lucky to know so many women who agree. But what happens if you find yourself surrounded by people who don’t exactly share your values?
“The unexamined life is not worth living.” That quote is attributed to Socrates, but it seems a bit harsh to me. I would say that the unexamined life is not well-lived. Growth is a key to unleashing our destiny, and to draw-in our kindred tribe. We all have stuff, and we all need grace and healing. Jesus is the salve to every wound, and I believe that enduring the fires of purifying our hearts is worth every ounce of pain. You’d be amazed at the people who show up to support you as you continue your journey of growth!
Letting go of relationships that are ill-aligned, uber-needy or toxic, are crucial. We cannot do the tough work for someone else that they need to do for themselves. Coming from a heart of gratitude sets the stage for releasing these kinds of people from your life. There are always lessons learned and your growth is certainly something to be grateful for, but I believe that some people will always “take” and bring negativity wherever they go. We can’t change them, but we can guard our garden. Kindred souls are worth the effort of tending our gardens to make sure we have something to give and gleen.
I hope you have your kindred tribe, and I hope that if you’re still searching, that some of these words have encouraged you. “Sometimes your friend circle decreases in size, but increases in value.” — Unknown