I’m thinking of you all and sending my good thoughts and wishes your way.
I’ve been using this time we have now to reboot, reconnect with myself, and regroup about my future.
While this is a stressful time, it can also be a time for deepening our commitment to whatever we are committed to.
The world has hit the pause button. That’s how I am thinking about it.
For a world that is busy, busy …. hitting pause can create the space for something new to come in.
Or hitting pause can be a time for deeper spirituality.
Or reaching up and out and discovering what your piece is in this universe.
I realize these are huge questions and sometimes we are just making it through the day … but the bigger questions are sitting there, waiting to be asked.
If you feel like it …
What would you have me do with this time?
How can I share the biggest and best part of me?
Now, I don’t always feel like asking these bigger questions.
Sometimes, often lately, I need to just take time out.
However, once those moments pass … then I can refocus on what matters to me.
And I know that moment will always show itself.
Have you seen the movie, Jerry McGuire? It got the Oscar for Best Picture in 1997 … And best actor, best supporting actor, etc.
And, it’s one of my all time favorite movies.
Jerry is “holding on by a thin thread” … as Cuba Gooding Jr. says in the movie.
He has this moment at the beginning where he begins to question his entire life. He sees himself and his life and says: I hated myself …. no, that’s not it, I hated my place in the world.
So, Jerry decides to change his life.
And of course, it ain’t easy.
Jerry has issues …
Jerry has intimacy issues … He’s told: You’re a great friend, but bad at intimacy.
Because he’s lived on the surface.
And lied to get what he wants.
However, he discovers something worth going through ALL OF THE DISCOMFORT for: He discovers he wants to be true to himself.
I admire him.
Because he jumps into the well with courage.
He takes the call.
He takes the call.
If you’re standing at the edge of a well, looking down and wondering what you will do with your life, good for you.
I was pushed into that well long ago.
I know many who take this call in their 20’s … even better!
The sooner the better.
And to reassure you, you have everything you need … to take that call.
Have you ever asked yourself the question: Who or what am I capable of being?
Nothing like asking the big questions … right?
But seriously, I’m just asking …
Of course, it’s a personal question.
However, I ask because this question bobs around in my own mind ALL THE TIME.
Jeanne, who are you capable of being?
What are you capable of doing?
Are you doing it?
I sound like lots of fun, don’t I?
However, I ask with complete self-love … not judgement.
But, with a love of my own soul and it’s potential.
Then I usually think: I’m peddling as fast as I can here.
I’m doing the best I can.
And so are you.
When I think of all of the precious young and old and in between souls out there trying their damnedest to do something good …
It makes me feel good about humanity.
Never mind about the others.
So, each day I wake up and ask for help and guidance to guide me to my best potential.
And then I eat a bagel.
OK, that’s a lie … I try to not eat wheat.
But, I want a bagel.
Anyway, as you are giving what you are capable of into the world, you are peddling as fast as you can as well.
I know it.
Anyone who reads a newsletter about the soul and self-love and purpose and positive thinking … is OBVIOUSLY doing their best:)
So, here’s to doing the best we can …
“And if I don’t
I will die,
because I have to be
So … I wrote a poem about this when I was about 8 years.
A caterpillar is destined to be a butterfly. It’s in the cards.
This grayish green, wet crinkled straw paper looking insect turns into a magnificent, flying example of transformation.
Of being true to yourself.
Yet, the road getting there is a winding one at that.
Decades later I wrote a book about it. In my story, my sweet caterpillar is terrified of leaving the garden.
She is terrified of the unknown.
And of dropping into the well of all healing.
Yet, she does.
It’s her destiny.
And she doesn’t even know it. But, destiny knows it.
Something bigger knows it.
She takes that giant leap of faith … or that giant crawl of perseverance.
All sixteen legs are in.
She knows something more is out there and she must know what that is.
The pieces within her that she’s ignored will not be ignored any longer.
The still place within her that speaks to her at night … will not be kept asleep.
This inner place knows exactly who you are and what your life is for.
The place of purpose and soul.
I’ve always felt this sense of purpose …
I remember being in any group where someone was speaking: our synagogue, school auditorium, etc. and thinking, I will be speaking to this many people some day.
And yet, I was terrified of public speaking, rejection, and failing.
So, this was a problem.
Little did I know my form of speaking would be through the internet … and not directly in front of people.
Our purpose takes many shapes.
THE BOTTOM FELL OUT.
Then, over ten years ago, I lost my husband of 23 years.
The bottom fell out of my life so to speak. I was lost.
But, an inner voice wouldn’t leave me alone. I needed to live the life I knew was out there for me.
The life I could always see but it hadn’t happened yet.
This lead me to a wonderful and winding inner journey … and at the end of that journey, I found a love of my own soul and my purpose.
After years of confusion, I was no longer afraid of my purpose. I discovered something deeper and undeniable within me.
The thing about purpose is … recognizing the thing you MUST do … and then narrowing in on what that looks like.
And the thing you MUST do may have many different forms of expression throughout your life … and it probably will.
It creates a deeply fulfilling and fun life when you express your purpose in all the ways that it’s meant to be expressed.
For example, my purpose is to use my passion for expression to empower and inspire others.
Well, this has taken many forms: writing books, writing poetry, speaking, teaching, creating online courses. The central question always being: How can I express this in a way that will serve others?
I love asking this question … and then answering it.
That is the beauty of knowing your purpose … it GUIDES you, every day.
All we have to do is follow it.