Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Winds of Change

Have you ever been in a situation beyond your control, a place where you were forced to be at the whim of circumstances? Was the outcome a learning tool, failure or victory? Oftentimes people who cannot learn to be flexible perish. They become bogged down with the “what ifs”. Instead of being a reed that bends in the wind, like an oak they snap at the first sign of resistance, the wind and rain of life pulling them down and washing them away.

When we decide that the world is against us, nothing works in our favor. We limit our dreams. We “dummy down” our intellect. We settle down with people who do not appreciate who we are. We belittle others. We neglect ourselves. We become excuse-makers. When it is time to make the next change, will you move forward, or be the person who crumbles in the face of adversity?

A changing wind can be the newness that is required to re-route the destination of your dreams, but if you decide to wallow in the past, you might miss out on an opportunity of growth. Humanity is filled with all sorts of unforeseen calamity, but joys as well. You must take hold of the opportunities that present themselves.

Maybe for you it is a reunion with a loved one, or an offer of a new job in a foreign territory. Those who have taken the leap will tell you that challenges, doubt and hard work are necessary. However, the result could be a turning point, step in the right direction, a catalyst that pushes you towards your destiny and true happiness.

I have seen my fair share of change this year, but the enlightenment that came from it could not have been bought or taught. It had to be lived. Ask yourself, “Am I living”? Can you afford to shun all change and adversity because of fear of the unknown or too much work? If so, you are not ready to receive what you want. History shows us that every great man and/or woman succeeded by overcoming an obstacle, working towards a goal, or being prepared for fortune.

I am a life-learner. I have the responsibility to make everything...yes everything a lesson. I made a vow to myself that mediocrity no longer exists in my world. I will forever be a student-teacher and risk-taker. The difference in this thinking is I do not just believe others can and will succeed, but so will I. I am not bound by obstacles, challenges, poor odds, people’s opinions, self-esteem issues or needless excuses. I am limitless.

I do not know when or how I will reach my destination but I tune-in to God and the things he reveals through people, places, and things. I have begun to recognize the “signs” and believe me this is more common sense then new age theory. You see what you want to see. You are who you want to be. No, you cannot be Paris Hilton, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Sammy Davis, Jr. or Brad Pitt, but you can be the best you.

I choose my direction. I control my reactions. I move towards action. Will you accompany me on this journey of self-discovery and ultimately more joy? Anything worth having deserves some passion, a bit of bull-dog persistence and unwavering faith. I use these tools when I stumble or get caught in a road block. It has not been without its casualties and bystanders.

I leave you with this amazing excerpt:

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we're liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others."

(A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles", Harper Collins, 1992. From Chapter 7, Section 3)

My question to you: The winds of change approach. This is the day. Will you decide to live?

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