You Were Born With Wings…, Use Them And Fly
“Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong. It is knowing the difference between right and almost right” – Charles Spurgeon
This is such an interesting quote. It is easy to tell what is right and wrong in most cases. So many things are literally black and white morally or ethically. It is the right, and the almost right – that tricky gray area that gets you into predicaments. The mix-up that you may have seen at the academy awards is a small example of this principle. Warren Beatty saw the card, read it a couple of times, and in his gut knew that something wasn’t right. But he let his head override his intuition. And the result was a mix up that certainly wasn’t his fault, but which he contributed to because he felt that he couldn’t interrupt the show to confirm his suspicions.
How many times in your life, have you second guessed something? Knew that something wasn’t quite right, but allowed your mind to convince you to go ahead?
“It is in the act of offering our hearts in faith that something in us transforms . . . , proclaiming that we no longer stand on the sidelines but are leaping directly into the center of our lives, our truth, our full potential” – Sharon Salzberg
One of the hardest things to do, is to identify the true nature of your spirit . . . , to know when you are losing your center and how to find it again. When the whole world seems to be literally falling apart, it is so easy to let the chaos around you take you off center.
“When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way” – Paulo Coelho
When you are trying to live a conscious life; to live to your full potential, you have to exercise extreme caution. It is imperative to have those little alarm bells ringing, when you go off course.
“So it is more useful to watch a man in times of peril, and in adversity to discern what kind of man he is; for then at last works of truth are drawn from the depths of his heart, and the mask is torn off, reality remains” – Lucretius
You could be moving along, with everything in life going perfectly. You are in the flow or zone and it almost feels like life is finally going right where you want it to go. You got the new job or promotion . . . , family life is moving smoothly . . . , your home is finally decorated perfectly . . . , then a ball drops. It could be a health issue, or your spouse could ask for a divorce out of the blue, something strikes out at you and turns you off center.
“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks inside, awakens” – Carl Jung
It is the flash point of wisdom to see things from the viewpoint of the heart and soul . . . , to be able to see what is both true and lasting, from what is not. With every season in your life, there is a shift and a change. A moving forward in your journey along the path you have chosen. To transforming in line with what has been shifting and changing around you .
“The difficulties you meet will resolve themselves as you advance. Proceed, and light will dawn, and shine with increasing clearness on your path” – Jim Rohn
It takes discernment to see what direction your life path is taking you. You will need to constantly re-determine what is still valid in your life. It becomes time to do some interior house cleaning. To release what no longer fits in your life – things you have outgrown and no longer serve any useful benefit. What items shift with you, versus what you have moved beyond. What needs to be left behind?
“We have to be the women we want our daughters to be” – Brene Brown
Just remember, as you are taking stock of your life – you will never have to sacrifice your dignity, for your destiny. Whenever someone or something makes you feel that way, it is time to leave that mess behind you too. Walk away . . . , breathe and let it go . . . , and reconnect to your center.
“Reach high, for the stars be hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for each dream precedes the goal” – Mother Teresa
Discernment refreshes your soul. Discernment helps you to understand the deeper reasons of why things happen. The power of spiritual perception into deeper meanings, the ability to tell what is actually going on. Don’t let fear choose your destiny. There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path. Recognize inconsistencies, the half-truths, the misapplied truths, or false truths – what is genuine versus self deception.
Playing Chess teaches us discernment. You learn how to plan out your moves ahead of time. See how each possible move affects your game. You learn to sift and identify what appears to be a good move, but in reality is a bad move. To see when a move will put you into a possible trap later in the game. You have the innate power to shape and change your life by tearing off the mask of half truths and self deception. To draw down into the depths of your heart, to who you are meant to be. Your life has immeasurable potentiality for greatness.
“Discernment is a light of protection and direction in a world that grows increasingly dark” – Elder Bednar
Discernment is saying the right thing in the perfect moment, and biting your tongue to not say the wrong thing at this most tempting moment. To realize that sarcasm and scathing remarks do not serve your purpose, no matter how much you want to put someone in their place. Instead of feeding the fire, you learn how to use it to your advantage.
“Align yourself with people that you can learn from, people who want more out of life, people who are stretching and searching and seeking higher ground in life” – Les Brown
It doesn’t mean that you are not going to make mistakes. We are all imperfect. But you can look at your imperfections and know that true wisdom is the acknowledgement of them. You can live a life of integrity. Let people be inspired by that fact that even though you don’t have all of the answers, you are still willing to get up every morning and do the best job you can. Instead of saying “I can’t because . . . , ” say, “there are endless possibilities in front of me and if this path doesn’t take me where I want to go, I know that another one will show up that will”. Show your social circle that living a life of integrity is how you find the right path to accomplish your dreams.
“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing, because he could do so little” – Edmund Burke
It is an interesting fact of life, that when you raise up others, you rise too. On this path what you discover is that when you have the courage to risk making mistakes, your life becomes a series of miracles. The problem is that when you are busy fighting the chaos, you forget to take a moment to notice the miracles. You don’t see your own value shining in the eyes of those that know and love you. You forget to be grateful for the many daily miracles in your life. You don’t see how you are modeling for your daughters and your sisters, that they can be successful without being in competition with other women.
“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change” – Jim Rohn
It goes along with the saying, that if it is important you will find a way to do it, and if it isn’t you will find an excuse as to why you can’t do it. “I know” is different from “I can” . . . , because “I can” has the energy of action contained within it. You can intellectually know something, like you know how to make homemade bread, because you watched some cooking show telling you how. To “I can” make homemade bread, because I have done it before. Put your journey on the “express train”, otherwise you will find yourself on the slow boat to nowhere.
“May every word that is ever spoken by our mouths or typed by our fingers be words that lift up, and never words that tear down” – BraveGirlsClub