If you can't find yourself, you don't need to look in a mirror.
Look in your heart.
Somewhere deep down on the inside of you sits untapped potential.
I talked about how we can find our calling yesterday.
Today I want to talk about how to take the first steps in the direction of it.
Have you ever looked in the mirror and felt like you didn't recognize yourself anymore? You've run so hard, so long, that life has become an obligation-driven song on repeat...instead of an every day road trip full of new adventures?
Adventures can cover miles. But...they can also cover relationships, family, friends, jobs, community, and so much more. We don't need to be behind the wheel of an actual vehicle to cover ground. We do need to be able to confidently sit behind the wheel of our heart and make choices that allow us to experience who we really are.
You deserve that.
You need that.
Your next steps can be that.
Pick one thing today that stirs your heart and make a decision to shift from one gear to the next to make it happen. You might see an immediate result, you might not. That's not the point. The point is you took action. Stop going through the motions that everyone else expects of you, and begin to take care of you. If you want to be the best for those closest to you, it starts with you taking care of you...so you have something to draw on, give from, and lead from.
All of the dreams on the inside of you weren't placed their to torment you. They were a gift that was given to you.
Then why is/has it been so hard to see them come to life?
Sometimes the best dreams for us require the most from us.
Sacrifice. Humility. Authenticity. Patience. Excellence.
Just like our physical bodies, what S.H.A.P.E. our mental and emotional self is in impacts our ability to move. They impact our ability to sustain our journey, find our calling, and reach our potential.
It won't always be easy...but the best things were never meant to be.
When we focus on the readiness, willingness, and posture of our heart...we will be more equipped to unwrap what is in it.
When it does get hard?
Think about this...
Can you think of a gift that was given to you that you literally had to wrestle to get it open? The ribbon was so tight, that it took an incredible amount of effort, a dash to the kitchen to get something to help pry it open, and patience from those watching to let you get to the heart of it...to open it...so we could all see the smile on your face as you realize what it actually was.
Your heart, and the dreams that have been laying dormant in it, were never meant to sit there unopened. They were placed there with you in mind. They were created for you, and you alone to open them, unveil them, and act on them.
Wherever you are today, I want you to give yourself permission to open your heart to the fact that there are gifts on the inside of you waiting to be opened.
Pull on the ribbon. Take one step. Tear at the wrapping paper. Make a phone call. Pull back the flaps of the box. Take the leap of faith to start. And...when you can actually put your hands on the gift...and slowly begin to pull it out of the box it came in...smile.
You'll know it when you see it, hold it, and experience it.
Your calling is no different.
Just because you don't know what's in the box, doesn't mean you should stare at it and wonder. It was meant to be sought after, torn into, and part of your life.
If you don't recognize yourself today, take heart.
The easiest way to find yourself?
"...it MAY BE that..."
It's time to give yourself permission to act on the dreams found within your heart.
When you open your heart, you'll revel your gift.
Go ahead...the world is watching, because we already know what's in that box.
We just want to see you smile when you realize what it is.
It's been there all along.
It's your turn.
It's your time.
It's your calling.