You Were Born With Wings…, Use Them And Fly

“this is the pathless path. Where the journey leads is to the deepest truth in you. It is really just returning to where you were%

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 us into predicaments.  The mix-up that we saw 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.  It is so easy to let the chaos around us take us off center.  When we are trying to live a conscious life.  To live to our full potential.  It is imperative to have those little alarm bells ringing, when we go off course.  We will be moving along, with everything in life going perfectly.  We are in the flow, and it almost feels like life is finally going right where we want it to go.  We got the new job or promotion . . . , family life is moving smoothly . . . , our 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 us and turns us 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

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 our life, there is a shift and a change.  A moving forward in our journey along the path we have chosen, to transforming to what has been shifting and changing around you .  It takes discernment to see what direction our life path is taking us.  We need to constantly re-determine what is still valid in our life and shifts with us, versus what we have moved beyond, and needs to get left behind.  Just remember, as you are taking stock of your life that 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.  Walk away . . . , breathe and let it go . . . , and reconnect to your center. 

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

Discernment refreshes your soul.  Discernment understands the deeper reasons 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. 

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 

Playing Chess teaches us discernment.  We learn to plan out our moves ahead of time.  See how each possible move affects our game.  We learn to sift and identify what appears to be a good move, but in reality is a bad move because it puts us 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, and draw down into the depths of our heart, to who we are meant to be.  Your life has immeasurable potentiality for greatness.

Discernment is saying the right thing in the perfect moment, and biting your tongue to not say the wrong thing at the tempting moment.   

We have to be the women we want our daughters to be. 

  –  Brene Brown

It doesn’t mean that we are not going to make mistakes.  We are all imperfect.  But we can look at our imperfections and know that true wisdom is the acknowledgement of them, along with continuing to live a life of integrity the best way possible.  Let people be inspired by that fact that even though we don’t have all of the answers, we are still willing to get up every morning and do the best job that we can.  Instead of saying “I can’t because . . . , ” we 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”.  We show our daughters that living a life of integrity is how we find the right path to accomplish our reams.   

Reach high, for the stars be hidden in your soul.  Dream deep, for each dream precedes the goal.  

  –   Mother Teresa

Discernment is a light of protection and direction in a world that grows increasingly dark.  

  –  Elder Bednar

It is an interesting fact of life, that when we raise up others, we rise too.  On this path what we discover is that when we have the courage to risk making mistakes, our life becomes a series of miracles.  The problem is that when we are busy fighting the chaos, we forget to take a moment to notice them.  We don’t see our own value in the eyes of those that know and love us.  We forget to be grateful for the many daily miracles in our life.  We don’t see how we are modeling for our daughters and our sisters, that we can be successful, and not be in competition with other women. 

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

 Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing, because he could do so little. 

  –  Edmund Burke

This 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 I know how to cook dinner, because I have watched some cooking shows telling me how.  To “I can” cook dinner, because I have done it before.  Put your journey on the “express train”, otherwise you will find yourself on the slow boat to nowhere. 

Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change. 

 –  Jim Rohn

“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

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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