God* will shine the light on our path in life, but we must choose to walk down it.
I’ve been having different threads with friends on taking a leap of faith – be it starting a new job, moving to a new place, or beginning a new endeavor. It’s a scary thing to dive in to something with all your heart and know that you have absolutely no idea how it will turn out. Sometimes, as in my case, you’re ready to take the leap but aren’t really sure what you’re leaping in to at all! I am continuing to discover within myself that there’s a fine balance to strike that will enable us to keep moving forward steadily – balance of mind and heart, action and stillness, passion and ease. One of the mysteries of life is finding balance in our natural polarity and restoring ourselves to whole.
The above quote came to me one day during meditation. It was one of those moments I’d read about but never experienced until now – my head got quiet and my inner voice spoke clearly: God will shine the light on your path in life, but you must choose to walk down it. For awhile I’ve been practicing being still and waiting for signs. While this is indeed important and not in my nature, this voice seemed to reaffirm my natural state of action and doing. However, upon looking deeper, I realize I don’t see very far down my path in life just yet. I am still discovering my talents and my gifts, and I’m just barely learning how to use them to impact this world in a great way. The lack of foresight, as usual, starts to weigh on me and stir up the mind chatter. It takes every ounce of me to remind myself to be patient, be still, and most of all, keep walking with faith.
I know I don’t have all the answers, but I think it’s important to share my learnings as I experience them. Below are a few tips that I find helpful when dealing with matters of the soul:
- Be curious. Keep an open mind and always ask yourself the hard questions, not for the answers but for the deep self-inquiry.
- Be a child. Come back to your innocent nature, back to the days before experience taught us to fear. Look at the world with awe.
- Know your non-negotiables. People will tell you what you should do. Stay true to your values, your essence, and learn what it means to just be you.
- Change something – sometimes it might just be your attitude. “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”
- Mostly, have faith.
We must always act from our faith, but we must also act IN faith going forward, even though we may not know the outcome or be able to control it.
I challenge you to pursue your life’s purpose. Dream BIG, and take bigger steps, even when you can’t see the whole staircase in front of you. And don’t settle for anything short of amazing!
*I realize in hindsight that my use of God here may invoke different meanings for different people. For me, in my voice, this is my inner truth, my inherent wisdom that guides me. Thank you.