I'm a fan of the number three.
I believe that numbers and symbols show up to us at certain moments to make us aware of something significant happening in that moment.
Once, in 2010, I had a friend I cared about deeply who was struggling mentally. Earlier that year, my grandpa had passed away - and his favorite bird was a cardinal. Every time I saw a cardinal after he passed, something good happened in my life. I had also had a art therapist tell me that year, after I had drawn a few sketches, that I would draw certain objects three times and that number must somehow be significant to me. Hence, the magic number three.
After a night of staying up late with my close friend, I woke up the next morning to look out of the window and find three cardinals sitting on the snow-covered ground. I couldn't believe it. I rushed to call my friend and tell him that everything would be okay. And it ended up being okay.
So I knew that when I heard about the Strengths Finder book from three different sources within the same few months, it was a sign that I had to order it.
Strengths Finder is the product of Don Clifton, the "father of Strengths Psychology." Strengths psychology is appealing to my work - moreso than clinical psychology - because it focuses on positive human makeup, instead of identifying disorders or "weaknesses."
Once I ordered the book and took the test, I stared at my number one strength, Connectedness, amazed and in disbelief that this was considered a core strength of humanity.
This strength of mine is at the core of She Enlightened. I founded a place that advocates for the fact that we are all one, and that any of our systems - sexism, racism, genderism, transphobia, homophobia, ageism, and more - only seek to pull us away from that oneness.
What do you believe are your strengths that help move our society forward?