What if,…..?

 The pearl is the autobiography of the mussel.Your string of pearls reflect each experience of tragedy thWhat if,…. all the answers are deep within my soul, calling to me – but I am not listening?

What if,… there are no mistakes, and every experience that we have is to our benefit? What would happen to the stories that you tell yourself and others about your life, if you reframed them to your benefit?  What would happen if you had never been a victim, but was instead an adventurer who was experiencing all that life has to offer?  How would a reframe, shift and change your life?  What if,… it was all “good”? 

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant. 

  –  Horace Mann

The first thing I thought, was well some pretty bad things have happened – how can I just reframe it, to “it’s all good”?  I can do it if I can construct a framework that reflects a pattern that strings each thing together, like a string of pearls.  Each experience can be examined like an individual pearl.  Remember how a pearl is created?  It is an object that irritates the mussels, so that they begin putting a covering over the irritation, which becomes a pearl.  Mussels do this as part of their defense mechanism.  So what kind of covering can you put over every “bad” experience that turns it into a pearl?  How freeing is it to think, that we have the ability to cover over any bad experience and make it into something priceless? 

Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.

  –  Robert Kennedy

Sometimes we become so enamored with the tragedy, that we drag it around with us everywhere we go.  We stand up and testify to how life has done us wrong, and just look at what has happened to us.  We proudly present our wounds as though they are medals of honor.  What if instead…, tragedy was a tool of destiny to liberate us from the falsehood of fate, which lets fear determine our choices.

There are treasures in pain.,,, An oyster who was not injured will never produce pearls, because the pearl is a healed wound.

  – From the Facebook page of “Mulheres de alma curada

What if, … each of us has a divine blueprint written down in our soul, and now is the time to wake up and start creating the life we are meant to be living? 

There is a force within which gives you life, seek that.  In your body lies a priceless gem, seek that.  O wandering soul, if you were to find the greatest treasure, don’t look outside.  Look inside, and seek that.

  –  Rumi

What if every experience has a purpose and they are all part of the plan?  Can you see a way that every pearl that you have on your long rope of pearls, is required and necessary to who you are becoming? 

Most people don’t show up in their own lives.  We are taught at a young age not to express opinions different than the norm.  We are taught that to stick out and be different will just cause us pain and difficulties.  So like the turtle, we withdraw into our shell of protection and don’t venture out.  What if, … we stopped.  What if,… we took off that shell or mask, and stood up as who we truly are?

What if,… the reason the world seems to be so crazy right now, is that we are not showing up as who we truly are?

So, how do we figure that out?  Who are we really deep down inside? 

In order to experience the truth of things, you must have a clear mind, be brutally honest with yourself, and make innocence and vulnerability continually accessible, because your perception is always changing and there will always be more to learn and understand and experience.

  –  Amy Larson

One of the most important discoveries I made on my journey with LemonadeMakers is that the vision I saw initially grows and expands as I do.  I think that if you could see what it is really possible for you to become, you would not believe it.  You would not even set out on the journey, because it would seem too impossible for you to become that person.  That is why we are given small visions, that keep growing and expanding.  Each time we catch up to the vision, it steps out of range, so that we have to work and grow and expand ourselves again and again.

Imagine that it is possible to discover who we really are?  What our purpose is?  To rekindle out passion into a bright steady flame that lights our way.  To understand what transforming your life really means?  To let go of all of the thoughts, judgments and stories that no longer serve us. As we listen and try to connect to who we are, we get lost.  We hear the criticisms, judgments loud and clear, but we miss the compliments in our inner dialogs. 

I understood myself only after I destroyed myself.  And only in the process of fixing myself, did I know who I really was.

  –  Sade Andria Zabala

Would you be interested in discovering what you are truly capable of?  Would you take the path less traveled?  Would you have enough courage to undertake a journey that you know would be filled with mistakes, disappointments, as well as being a mind blowing adventure?

Would you be willing to admit that you are in fact a divine creation; an amazing world leader – that just hasn’t fully shown up yet?  Would you be willing to take that first step in discovering just how much you are truly capable of being and doing?

Sheryl Silbaugh

I am married with 4 grown children who are all married and currently have 14 grandchildren and two great granddaughters. I work fulltime as a Director at Bank of America and I am the founder of LemonadeMakers.org, which is a website and Facebook page dedicated to personal transformation and growth. We all have life's lemons show up in our life, this website helps us to make them into lemonade.

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