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.
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.
I’ve been re-reading my book, The Butterfly Silhouette lately and feeling touched by my confused, lost … and very brave caterpillar.
The richness of this metaphor STAYS with me all the time.
Because a caterpillar is destined to be a butterfly. It’s written in the stars.
This weepy looking insect turns into a magnificent, flying example of transformation.
She is emerging into something new.
And finding her place in the world.
Or her next place.
Fear of failure.
The road getting there is a winding one at that.
My earnest, afraid caterpillar is terrified of the unknown.
And she doesn’t want to fail.
Yet, the caterpillar goes on this journey outside of the garden.
And takes that giant leap of faith or that giant crawl of perseverance.
All sixteen legs are in.
My caterpillar knows something more is out there and she must know what that is.
This time fear of the unknown doesn’t matter.
The caterpillar finds her courage.
Then, she leaves what is comfortable to go out into the world.
Where the caterpillar discovers self-love.
Her place in the world.
Once she finds self-love, she is able to move the stones along her path out of her way.
Now she is able to step into her place in it all.
#self-love, #purpose, #yourplaceintheworld