You walk along the shore and spot a weatherworn bottle tossing about in the spume. Curious, you scoop it up and are delighted to discover a handwritten message inside—a message penned long, long ago in a land far, far away.
We love message-in-a-bottle stories. Messages intrigue us, especially messages that journey through time.
You have a message, you know. Everybody has a message—some wisdom they’re meant to share. If you could express but one idea—one concept—one pearl of wisdom near and dear to your heart, what would your message be?
Some people feel they have a personal calling to share their message with a larger audience than, say, with their friends and family. These “messengers” have an intuitive sense that spreading their insight is part of their mission–their purpose in life–even if they’re not yet crystal clear on what their message is or who is meant to receive it.
Messengers often naturally gravitate toward speaking, writing, and teaching as a means of communicating their wisdom and insight; others express themselves through art, music, dance, theatre, film . . .
What about you? Do you sense that you have a message that’s intended for a wider audience?
Take a few moments to consider the following:
- Do you know who is meant to receive your message and what impact it’s meant to have on them?
- Have you invested time in becoming intimately familiar with your message?
- Do you know how best to deliver your message to those who need to hear it?
If you believe you’re a messenger at heart, then I encourage you to equip yourself wisely:
1. Know Your Audience!
- Learn what energizes and enervates them
- Learn what they aspire to and what they’re afraid of
- Learn how to inspire them and encourage them
2. Know Your Platforms!
What venues will help you best deliver your message? Examples include:
- In-person speaking engagements
- Radio and television engagements
- Article marketing
- Books, ebooks, periodicals
- Blogging, video blogging
- Social networking sites
- Theatrical performances
3. Know Your Message!
This can result in a deep inner journey. Be sure to check in with your intuition and divine guidance as you ponder, craft, and live out the message you’re meant to share.
Remember this. If you are a messenger, you have a responsibility to deliver your message!
Stop thinking about self-perceived inadequacies.
Just prepare your message, carefully choose which bottle to place it in, and lovingly and deliberately toss it out to sea. Somebody somewhere is waiting to receive it!