Posts tagged ‘Be You’

Opportunity Knocks

People are always waiting. Waiting for a sign. Waiting for inspiration. Waiting for change.

So when an opportunity comes we tend to jump at it. Grab on as if our lives depend on it. Then when that opportunity leads us down a path we don’t want or if the opportunity isn’t granted to us, we go back to our waiting.

I had that scenario this week. A job opportunity was thrown in my lap that would be perfect. It’s my ultimate favorite thing to do with the company I work for. I wouldn’t have to constantly be worried about whether I’ll have a job tomorrow. I wouldn’t have to walk on eggshells by around my boss. I would love doing this so why not apply?

Since I am an impulsive person, I went home and prayed. I know what I want from life. I’ve put it in the universe and so I asked Him, “Is this the path you want me to take?”

Then I started thinking of the cons. I would have to break my lease. I don’t have the money to move. I would have to cancel my two vacations I’m planning. I would lose focus on my dream that I’ve been working on for months.

That’s when the decision seemed pretty clear. Don’t take the opportunity. It’s not going to benefit who you are or who you want to be in the world. Focus on the dream, because either you’ll get to quit the job after earning a publishing contract or you’ll have unemployment to motivate you into earning the publishing contract.

Just because the opportunity is there, doesn’t mean it’s for you. Start focusing on what you truly want from life. Don’t just wait for an opportunity to come, because you might grab the wrong one. Instead make the opportunity you want come to you.

Forget Me Not

I just started taking a new class to better learn how to channel my artistic abilities. As I’m reading the assigned book, I came across a quote from Deena Metzger that struck me:

“We know things when we are very young that we forget as we age.”

This is so true!

Think of all the things we accept so easily or the way we see the world as children. We don’t have to be convinced of faith. We believe Santa’s the man with the presents. We believe we’re all artists. We create and use our imaginations every day. We accept people for who they are. We don’t judge them or discriminate against them, we just befriend them.

So what happens to our brains that make these things that were second nature to us as children, suddenly the hardest things when we’re adults?

We can blame our environments. It’s the way we were raised and the culture we’ve grown up in. We can blame life itself. We learned more, we were hurt, we finally accepted reality. We can say it’s maturing. We’re too responsible for childish games and we don’t have the time.

But reallly who are we fooling? We are the masters of our own universe. The best gift we’ve been given in life is the ability to choose. Our free will is so important, we even founded a country on it. It smatters political ads and is imbedded in our speech. Whenever we can whip it out in arguments, we do. It’s like our trump card.

So why don’t we start taking the free will and admit the truth? We’re to blame for choices and decisions we’ve made.

They’re not all bad. We don’t want to take them all back and personally speaking, I wouldn’t change anything about my life now. Sure there are many things I’ve looked back on and been ashamed of or would do differently, but that doesn’t mean I regret them. If it wasn’t for the low points in life, you couldn’t truly appreciate the highs. If you were to go back to change things, you wouldn’t be the person you are today. Which is not something I’m willing to sacrifice, I love the person I am today.

Sure there are things I want to change but that’s life. We’re constantly changing and becoming new because we have new experiences and learning moments that shape our lives. We just need to start embracing them more.

Here’s to embracing my inner child that I know is still in me. I’m not going to stifle the five year old in me, rather I’m going to shape her into the creative person she was meant to be.

Take a Day

I haven’t had a day off in three weeks and it’s completely by choice. I have a lot that I’m trying to accomplish right now, while working as much as possible, in order to have the funds to make it all possible. Which is why I was annoyed when I wasn’t called into work one day this week.

I found myself with a whole day that I had to do whatever was needed.

I took advantage of the off hours to run errands while avoiding rush hour and mobs of people.

My body took advantage of the down time to demand a nap. Evidently, I have been neglecting it’s sleep needs.

The most important thing that happened, however, was I took the time to focus on my projects that sometimes only get my leftover time. I have these projects that I want to turn into my full time life, but I give them the back burner to focus on monetary ventures of the moment.

You see my error.

If you spend all of your good energy and time to focus on things that don’t matter at the end of the day, how will the things that matter prosper?

Take from my realization and take some time to focus on you. Whether that’s on your values or a project that you’ve really wanted to finish or even just do nothing. There’s a lot of joy that can be found from doing nothing. No matter what you’re doing, just be sure you’re a priority so that everything else can prosper around you.

Happy weekend!

What Were You Made For?

I’m sitting at service yesterday and the pastor creates a 4 quadrant chart with our interests and abilities on the X and Y axis. He explained that most people swing between wishing they had the ability to do something they liked and begrudgingly doing the stuff they have no interest in but can do. We never seem to find the true happiness of using our gifts to do things that we’re truly interested in.

If I apply that to my life, I am on a career path where I have the ability to be successful, but don’t really have the interest to want to do it forever. I studied what I’m really interested in but don’t have the true ability to be successful because of my lack of technical skills or connections. So now I have to do serious inner searching to decide what exactly my gifts are that I could use to fulfill my purpose on earth?

We all have this purpose. None of us are here on accident so now it’s just determining how you’re going to use this to improve the world.

I think I have pin pointed what my gift and purpose is. Now the goal is to just keep up the motivation and not waste any time enacting it. I’d rather be happy being who I am in this world than running around trying to please other people or living the way I’m told to. As Dr. Seuss told us

“Today You are You. That is Truer that True. There in No One Alive who is Youer than You.”

Make that your motto for today and always. Why waste time being other people, when you get to be you.

If you are interested in watching the sermon, you can watch it here. Maybe it will give you insight too.