There have been moments where I read something and said “Wow, I look at myself or the world completely differently.” These moments can happen daily if I am open to love or they happen when least expected. In order for personal growth, there must be an opening of awareness and willingness to change.
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”-Martin Luther King, Jr.
The hardest thing to do is to take the first step. Even when I am doing something so simple, it is so hard to start the actual project. Being a writer, I spend so many hours just staring onto a blank screen. Sometimes I struggle to find the motivation, but if I start typing whatever pops into my head, I begin to put all the pieces together and end up with a masterpiece. I just have to push past the first step.
“The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.”-Maya Angelou
Sometimes it is so hard to determine what to think of certain people and their actions. I have experienced the nicest person in the world completely blowing up on me. Know that we all are human and have bad days, but this person may not be someone I want to spend my time with. This quote has saved me from heading down a destructive path of relationships.
“We are not held back by the love we didn’t receive in the past, but by the love we’re not extending in the present.”-Marianne Williamson
In the beginning as it is in the end; there is love. Embracing and living from a pure loving spirit was a life changing concept for me. A lesson I continuously practice, but it becomes more natural as I view love from a spiritual place rather than external variables. I also spent so much of my life living in the past and missing the love I once had from my deceased mother. I had to stop living in the past, and learn to love myself in the present moment.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”-Maya Angelou
As I look over my life, I realize that the people who meant the most to me were the ones who truly extended their love my way. If you are in tune with yourself, you can feel what others are thinking about you. I also love the quote actions speak louder than words. When you show people how you feel about them, it goes farther than just telling someone.
“Psychology can reveal, but only God can heal.”-Marilyn Meberg, LPC, Woman of Faith speaker
As a counselor, I noticed the importance that psychology has on a person through the counseling experience. But, I also noticed that clients would develop a habit of coming back to counseling again and again. Counseling seems to be a never ending revolving door. When I heard this statement made at a Women of Faith Conference, it donned on me that people need more. They need their Higher Power to be activated within themselves. Through my own personal experience, I have delegated my Higher Power to be my personal counselor and it guides me along the path of life. There is also a level of healing that transpires which can completely heal fear, shame, and all hurts one faces.
“Suffering has a noble purpose: the evolution of consciousness and the burning up of the ego.”-Eckhart Tolle
I spent many years after my mother’s death in depression and struggling to find meaning in my life. I had a hard time accepting the fact that she was gone. After her death, I was faced with other tragedies such as an abusive relationship, being homeless, house foreclosure, car repossession, the death of my father, and several family and friends passing as well. Trying to make sense of everything is hard, but necessary. Learning to live in a conscious realm requires more love and less ego. If the ego is built up so high, then the harder the fall; this is my reasoning for all of the suffering I have endured. But, I am turning this suffering into strength.
“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” -Coco Chanel
I grew up in a small town where everyone wants to be alike. Who has the biggest house? Who has the cutest clothes? Who has the most valuables? I want to be like them. I spent many years trying to keep up with the Jones that I forgot completely who I am. I spent time on a career that quickly stole all my life because I was forcing something that was not meant to be. I have learned that it’s okay to be myself. I am growing more comfortable in my skin and no longer want to be like everyone else. I am striving for originality. I am striving to live out my life purpose. And, it all starts with being me.
“Love is the beginning of the journey, its end, and the journey itself.”-Deepak Chopra
We are brought into this world through love. We are all gifts to our parents. Life itself is a gift to us from our Higher Power. And in the end, all we are left with is love. Learning that my main goal in life is to be love; extending it to myself and through myself to others. I had a really hard time learning to love my journey because it has been hard and I want it to be easy. No one wants to take the road less traveled, but I am learning to love the path before me. My path is a reflection of me and my life which makes it different from others.
“I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.”-Mother Teresa
Through my life, I understand that when I speak or act based on the principality of love, it is an act of God. So many years I did things with an unconscious fearful mentality, but now that I am older, I know that love is the answer. Love has always been the key to get to where I need to go. Activating love can be hard because facing the patterns of fear will creep in. But the more I complete acts of love, I am more in touch with myself-my true loving spirit.