Last week I talked about joy, unencumbered, meaning-- how do we walk the path of life, feeling JOY, unencumbered, once we open our eyes to the sometimes challenging reality of LIFE.
What have you noticed?
What choices have you already made & will continue to make, right NOW to experience JOY...unencumbered?
Tell me here, I'd love to know and hold you accountable.
This week I invite you to consider another concept:
Each and every one of us is born to THRIVE.
Truth. Thriving is part of the blueprint we are born with.
Do you believe that?
If not, why not? Watch those negative thoughts. Your beliefs/thoughts become your life.
Over the past few weeks in my walking with protection workshop (Note: I am offering this workshop again in June), my sessions with clients and in my heart felt talks with loved ones, something has revealed itself... a gem of sorts.
Many people do not believe they are born to thrive. Instead, at some point after birth they have come to accept that life is a struggle. This belief impacts their reality as they live each day in "survival" mode.
Do you know what I mean? It makes my heart sad. Maybe this is you, has been you, or perhaps it's someone you love- living in this "mode". Whatever. This isn't about judgment, ever. This is about reality and choosing to THRIVE, to be ALIVE.
I talk about this struggle of surviving versus thriving in my book Reclaiming Joy. I share that we spend so much time busy in the doing, trying to survive, we neglect to notice how we are being. In the process, we end up sleepwalking through life...holding so tightly onto threads of what may have been "if only"...waiting for some big shift to happen or for someone else to save us.
I will tell you from my experience-- the big shift starts with you! Yes, often our circumstances drastically change (death/divorce/addiction/depression) and it forces us to open our eyes. Yet- it still comes back to us making a shift-- we still have to make the choice to THRIVE, beyond what has happened for us, (not "to" us remember?)
Why would we choose to THRIVE when it seems like so much work/energy, even scary, etc to take the action steps necessary?
Because at some point we realize it's the only path. So, yes, we are born to THRIVE! However, this birthright is not a license to be lazy and sing the "woe is me" song when life hits.
Many of us get stuck in everything that we feel "prevents" us from thriving:
Who has betrayed us, hurt us, stolen from us, broken our heart, let us down, abused us...lied to us, etc, etc.
What to do?
First, upgrade your belief/thought pattern to, "I WAS BORN TO THRIVE and I WILL". Free up that stuck energy and direct it towards LIVING.
Second, look at yourself in the mirror, into your eyes and really ask yourself:
What kind of life do I wish to live?
As you explore your answers, perhaps you will list qualities such as: faith, truth, integrity, love, peace, abundance, adventure, ease, JOY.
As you explore your answers and get clear on the life YOU wish to live, when circumstances present themselves that are less than the qualities you have listed, you get to choose....
Am I willing to speak my voice in this situation to advocate for the qualities I wish to live by?
If yes, then there are only 2 outcomes.
Either the other party/parties will step up, or not.
Which leads to the next choice.
Are you willing to stay because you have yet to learn "that" lesson....i.e.: you are enough, deserving to ask...and work it through?
Is it time to prepare how you will exit a situation that no longer serves YOU and the life YOU wish to live.
Much food for thought. Take it in. Let is simmer. Write, Pray, Meditate, Share with me.
I got it, I get it, I support it. We are't meant to walk alone.
No judgment here-- Only ever Love to help you THRIVE.
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