Life’s Journey Is A Gift, You Decide How It Unfolds
“In life, finding a voice is speaking and living the truth. Each of you is an original. Each of you has a distinctive voice. When you find it, your story will be told. You will be heard” – John Grisham
I found the truth of this when I started writing these blog posts. Each post dug deeper into who I really was. Who I truly wanted to be in the world. It demanded that I become visible, even though I was terrified to be seen. If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.
“We are either in the process of resisting God’s truth, or in the process of being shaped and molded by his truth” – Dr. Charles F Stanley
Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step. Each foot forward is a reflection of the respect you have for yourself. The journey to living my life on purpose has sometimes seemed very slow. I was moving forward, at times like walking through mud with each step a hard process, and others like riding the rapids downstream and a furious pace.
“Your journey has molded you for the greater good. It was exactly what it needed to be. Don’t think you’ve lost time. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now, and now is right on time”– Asha Tyson
“When life takes me on a new journey, I simply remember the smile my first ballet recital put on my face and I move forward” – Andrea Thompson
Life brings you so many experiences to enjoy, but you can’t do that if you are always putting lenses of fear in front of your eyes. Then you are not letting the experience reveal itself, but are instead trying to make it fit a preconceived notion. What I discovered on my journey to be visible again, is that this voice of fear had been in control my whole life. It colored every expectation and looked for ways to twist the story of what had happened to keep me captive in my invisibility.
Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place. As I worked on becoming visible I met so many new friends, who were on their own journeys of discovery. I became aware of how you attract those in your life that can help you in your journey. Some lessons were painful, as the parting of the friendship reflected the places I still needed to work on. Some of the friends were “soul friends” and as Rumi says, they were a pure joy in my life.
“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy” – Rumi
“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want” – Lao Tzu
Be grateful for all the obstacles in your life. They have strengthened you as you continue with your journey. No one knows what changes, big or small, lie ahead. One thing is certain, your journey’s not over. Be prepared to be amazed at how incredibly, breathtakingly beautiful your life can become.
“Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey” – Pope Francis
I know that I wasn’t born to follow others blindly. I am still trying to figure out what I am meant to lead. What I know for sure, is that I am capable of whatever is required to live my life purpose. I am still on the hunt, for who I am becoming and I know that the only way out is through. I see that I need to find more joy in my journey, instead of being single focused on manifesting it.
“You will get there when you are meant to get there and not one moment sooner…, so relax, breathe, and be patient” – Mandy Hale
And the journey continues…, ever onward. A journey of finding your true self. Of finding your power to live a fully lived life, without self imposed limitations and fears. Of finding that delicate balance of living for yourself because sometimes you need to walk alone in this amazing journey. Of changing yourself, and thereby changing the world into something better than you started with. Of enjoying all of life’s experiences, even those you judged and wish hadn’t happened. Recognizing the truth that life happens for us, not to us. And the journey continues…, never ending.
The first Saturday of every month we get together on Zoom to talk about our challenges, to encourage each other, and provide inspiration to continue on our individual journeys. As we share the lessons of each one’s individual journey, resilience is grown for everyone. Join us for the next conversation and become even more inspired to reach out and pull your dreams into reality.