You've heard of the enneagram, right? The 9 numbered system has been around a long time, but it seems more recently has become a crazed trend. I mean, how many of those enneagram instagram story tests have you seen? And you know you love them...
When I learned about unique strengths I had, I got really excited about the strengths of my friends and peers. Sometimes people take my excitement about your strengths that I don't posses as self deprecation - not so! I really just get excited about you and how you operate.
So today I wanted to write a little quick love letter to all of you through the enneagram numbers. I'm thinking of all my friends and each of their numbers as I write this. Also remember - this is just for fun and not meant to box anyone in. I'm sure you know you're much more than a number and motivations. (If you don't know what I'm talking about, you can take this quick assessment to find out which number best fits you.)
I admire you. I see a fearlessness and sense of justice in your eyes which inspire me to action in my own life. I see you doing hard things, saying what needs to be said for the sake of doing the right thing, for the sake of the greater good. I hope you know that your instincts are often right and they are worth exploring. They might not always be right, but there is something very special there. I've seen that in you so many times. I have watched you take the first step to do what is right and I find that so brave.
You're simply the best! I love how you care and give of yourself. Your presence is peaceful. I feel soothed being around you. I am so impressed that your default is to help. I see your natural selflessness and I learn more about how to be selfless from you. It doesn't come as naturally to me as it does to you. I also see your exhaustion in that. I hope you know that you could never help another person again and you would still be as useful and as worthy and as wonderful as YOU are. You've changed my life and I'll remember the ways you've cared.
Oh my gosh you amaze me. The bravery you show in continually putting yourself out there almost confuses me. You come off as fearless and the fact that you feel the same things as everyone else just makes me so proud of you and think so highly of you. I hope you know that you make me proud because of who you are and not what you’ve done. What you do is amazing because you’re you. Your achievements are phenomenal because you worked and you put yourself in them. You, simply you, are what makes all of it great.
I hope you know that you really are unique. I love you because there is no one like you! The way you think is really beautiful. The way you respond to your friends is intelligent and useful. I'm constantly impressed by your bravery in many ways but especially in sharing your vulnerability. It's the kind of vulnerability that changes people's lives. Many times you've been the first to speak up and share something that we can all relate to but didn't have the courage to say first. You said it first.
I love your mind (and you!). I’m always so impressed with the way you think and problem solve. I feel like I learn new ways to approach things after we have a good conversation. Your analysis calms me. I hope you know that you are welcome to come as you are, and you don’t always need to have the answers. I want you to know that your loved ones want YOU and everything that entails - your pain, your struggles, your fears and vulnerabilities. You aren't a burden! You're really loved.
I'm so thankful for you. There is something about you that makes me feel like home. I feel accepted around you and simply liked. I don't always feel that way around people. I'm so grateful for your kindness. Your loyalty and realism are such valuable traits. You think of everything! I have real respect for your thoughtfulness and thoroughness when it comes to problems that could arise. What I hope you know is that you are so loved by many people who want to stick around for you - and you are worth it.
I am so impressed with your energy and tenacity. I love your spirit of gathering people together to have a great time. It's such a beautiful gift to all of us. I love how you see the world and how that inspires you to endlessly take it all in. You teach me how to let go and get more excited, how to lighten up and not take things so seriously. What I hope you know is that I find you and your heart fascinating. I want to sit in your pain with you any moment you will let me. All of you is interesting and worthwhile!
Your confidence inspires me! Being around you I remember that I too can be strong and believe in myself. I remember that I can be right, and I should carry myself like that’s true. You’re always good for a fun debate. I’m imperfect, and I can’t promise I won’t let you down. But I hope you know you are so important and you’re worth being treated fairly and honorably. I've seen you be brave. Around you, I feel a sense of strength as if everything might just be alright. I hope you know how inspiring that is.
Who couldn't love you? You're kind, welcoming, forgiving. You always see the best in people. I am in awe of your diplomacy and how that manifests in fairness and kindness towards people. There is a peace you bring to the table which is refreshing and absolutely necessary. I am constantly changed by your kindness. I hope you know how interesting you are. When you are present you bring actual value and people want to know what you have to say. I hope you experience that every day - that people want you. Don't forget to let people accept you back.
I would love to know more about you and how this resonates with you if you want to share :) Say hi on instagram and let me know which number you are!
All the love,