A pleasant memory popped into my head the other day — a story my Mother told me a long time ago. . .something of which she was proud to share with me.
She told me of a time when I was about 4 or 5, when a friend of the family who was meeting me for the first time and wanting to make conversation, asked me “. . .and what are you going to be when you grow up?” My reply, after pondering the question briefly, “A big girl.” Though probably not the answer anyone was expecting, it must have seemed right to me then, and it certainly seems right to me now as I continue to learn, grow, expand, and look for more ways to let my light shine!
Are you living your life on your terms? Bronnie Ware wrote a book called “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying”, based on her experiences while working as a palliative care professional and helping many transition. She said the number one regret expressed by most all was “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
No matter where you are in your journey, no matter what your profession or lifework, take the time to get in touch with yourself. Are you living from your heart center? Are you present in your life as often as possible? It is only in your being present can you hear what your soul is calling you to be; to discover what you are most passionate about; to identify your true calling. Ways you might accomplish this are through meditation, seeking counsel, hiring a life coach, spending quality time with yourself. And when you hear the calling, and it might take some time, embrace it, spend time every day moving in that direction, even if only in baby steps.
As the inspirational speaker and prolific writer Dr. Wayne Dyer has said of himself, writing isn’t something he does; it’s something he IS (taken from his speaking at one of the Hay House Writers’ Workshops).
Where you’re standing right now in this space and time, realize that it is never too late to rediscover and remember who you are and what you came here to do. You can continue to become; you are a creator; you have the divine within you. Often when I have my doubts as to whether or not I’m too old to start something new, or need motivation or inspiration, I come back to this beautiful piece of wisdom in Jeff Brown’s book “Love It Forward”. . .
“So called ‘late-bloomers’ get a bad rap. Sometimes the people with the greatest potential often take the longest to find their path because their sensitivity is a double edged sword — it lives at the heart of their brilliance, but it also makes them more susceptible to life’s pains. Good thing we aren’t being penalized for handing in our purpose late. The soul doesn’t know a thing about deadlines.”
I am grateful my wise Mom shared that story with me. . .at the time it not only made us both smile, but it made me realize that my 'unencumbered-by-life' 5-year-old self was wise enough not limit myself by calling my future self anything more or less than 'a big girl'!
There's a 'Wise Guru' in YOU!
Much love. . .Kathy
"Yesterday I was cleaver, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself". . .Rumi