For the third time this week, Standing in the parking lot last night, I found myself in a conversation with a friend about the intersection between our vision for our life and limiting beliefs. This friend is smart, funny, talented, beautiful, kind.... or we wouldn't be such good friends, right! There is nothing real that holds her back, only beliefs that keep her (and so many of us) from really just going for it! We start, and the hold back, then stop, then start again.... Ever been there? Can it really be done? Can I make a living doing what I love? Can I really make a difference in ...maybe it's education, wellness, art, adoption, child care, foreign missions, politics.... Whatever it is for you, my question is - WHY NOT YOU? Why not me? Why not us? Really -
My recent vision screening was grueling. I have done a lot of hard work in the realm of limiting beliefs. I struggle with the belief that truthfully, I am probably not going to make it all the way to where I want to go. I am probably only going to work hard and just almost get there.... Really?! Why? ...because once I being to walk forward, I learn quickly that the rest of seeing is tormentingly difficult. . . and there it is - I am the only one who can choose to keep going, keep seeing, keep learning... or revert back to the comfort zone.
Maybe we just need new lenses?
Sometimes we just need a kick in the right direction? For me that happens when a challenge is issued or I have some sort of real accountability. It's easy to settle back into what is familiar and comfortable. For some, that is just fine - they are happy there, no regrets. For others, maybe that's you - new lenses every once in a while are what you need. To be reminded that it may get uncomfortable and the path may lead to having to do things that scare you - but what you envision for your life is just on the other side of those challenges.
We all want to actually be what we believe we can be. The limitations - the limiting beliefs -are obstacles that are common to everyone, it's not just you. It's hard, but You got this! It is so worth it!
Annie Dillard shares this more succinctly and a bit more poetically... Love this. Let's not go back to what is familiar, let's adjust to the challenge. Take it all in. Take it all on. Let's live out our lives, making the world a better place and loving it!!
“I chanced on a wonderful book by Marius von Senden, called Space and Sight. . . . For the newly sighted, vision is pure sensation unencumbered by meaning: "The girl went through the experience that we all go through and forget, the moment we are born. She saw, but it did not mean anything but a lot of different kinds of brightness." . . . In general the newly sighted see the world as a dazzle of color-patches. They are pleased by the sensation of color, and learn quickly to name the colors, but the rest of seeing is tormentingly difficult. . . . The mental effort involved . . . proves overwhelming for many patients. It oppresses them to realize, if they ever do at all, the tremendous size of the world, which they had previously conceived of as something touchingly manageable. . . . A disheartening number of them refuse to use their new vision, continuing to go over objects with their tongues, and lapsing into apathy and despair. . . . On the other hand, many newly sighted people speak well of the world, and teach us how dull is our own vision.”
Which are you going to be? Share your vision, share your struggles, embrace the mental effort, the overwhelming colors, the tormentingly difficult work of seeing - and live life abundantly!
TO PROMOTE FAITH, NOT FEAR:
Blend 4 drops sandalwood, 2 drops coriander, 1 drop ginger, and 1 drop wild orange with 2 tablespoons of fractionated coconut oil in a glass roller bottle.
Application: Wear as a fragrance or inhale from the bottle as needed. (roll on wrists or behind ears and base of the skull)
Affirmation: I am full of faith. Faith in my God and His plan for my life. Faith in my future. Faith that I am on a journey meant for me. I am positive and full of energy that radiates from me and positively affects others, as I experience the abundant life that I am created for.
Wellness Advocate, BSN,RN