When have you been told that you were too much?
The church and the world often tell women that we are too…too…too. Our too-muchness makes people uncomfortable. Our too-muchness threatens the status quo. And yet, the church and the world need our too-muchness. As Tectonic plates shift beneath the church and culture, women have the insight and innovation that can result in a more just and sustainable society.
AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez, an IndoLatinx mujerista and faith-based organizer, spoke about reclaiming our too-muchness at Nevertheless She Preached. She said that people want to celebrate the survival of women who have experienced trauma. They often do not, though, want to celebrate what made it possible – our too-muchness.
This too-muchness is both forged in circumstances and God-given. As a matter of faithfulness, then, we must lean into our too-muchness. But how do we do that?
- Think about when you have felt most powerful. What made it possible for you to claim your strength? What influence do you have in recreating these conditions?
- Think about when you have felt least powerful. What were the circumstances? Which of these circumstances can you change or work around in the future in order to claim more of your strength?
- Who affirms you in your too-muchness? How might you amplify those supportive voices?
- Whom can you affirm in their too-muchness? How might you go about it?
- How has your too-muchness served you well? How might you remind yourself of those good outcomes on a regular basis?
- What does it look like to be grateful for your God-given too-muchness?
I hope that these questions provide some points of reflection for wearing your too-muchness with pride and helping others do the same.
[Note: this is the third of four posts inspired by the Nevertheless She Preached conference.]