Have you ever felt like a square peg in a round hole? Like you’ve been moulding yourself to fit, but your corners prevent you from slotting in no matter which angle you try?
Instead of your corners needing ‘fixing’ or sanding down to become round, the corner getting stuck might be one of your values, it might be an unrecognised strength, or it might even be an unrealised dream.
Think about this…You can squeeze your corners into the hole and this might serve you well for a while. The discomfort may be balanced by a number of benefits. This may be convenience, it may be friendships, it may that the situation has started to feel normal for you, or if it’s a work situation, you may be well paid or close to home. You may have even reached a point where you’re not sure what shape you are anymore.
What you do know is that it doesn’t feel quite right and that some of the most prominent parts of you, the parts of you that should stand out and define you, are squashed out of shape. What does this mean for your values, your strengths, your dreams?
So what do you do? Well, it’s all about choice. You can choose to stay in the round hole and this is a very valid option. You may be able to mould yourself enough that you don’t notice your cramped corners as much. The other option is to courageously jump out and let your corners spring back. Sometimes you won’t even know what this looks like until you remove yourself from the round hole. It’s only then that you have the space to examine your corners with curiosity, to understand how they serve you and if you are in fact a square, or an entirely different shape.
It’s at this point the magic happens. This is where you start to understand your values, your strengths and how you can make them work for you, bringing about positive life change.
Here’s to exploring your corners and to taking steps to discover your true shape and the type of life you would like to create around you.
Laurenne Di Salvo