Wednesday, August 22, 2012

What Are You Waiting For?

For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin--real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. Fr. Alfred D'Souza

There's a difference between existing and living. Some people exist while biding their time waiting to really start living their life. They're busy fixing things, problem solving, and cleaning up conditions and situations. Once they get everything out of the way, then they can live their life with purpose and meaning. But that time never comes, because there's no ideal time to start living.

Are you one of those people who puts off living until tomorrow? Do you ever feel like you're in a constant state of waiting to get everything done so you can begin? Well, you have already begun. The living is now, and life's obstacles are part of the journey. They can stretch our boundaries and make us more tomorrow than we are today. A well lived life is one in which we can look back and see how much we've learned and how far we've grown in spite of, or because of, those obstacles we worked through.

There is a part of us inside that longs to express in the outer. Are you allowing life's problems to help you expand and bring out more of who and what you are, or are you fighting those problems like enemies invading your comfort zone? A comfort zone may appear safe, but your inner self won't be quiet until you listen and allow it to speak in your life. Life needs to hear every part of us, not just our problem-solving self.

So what are you waiting for to start living? Have you ever dared to seriously think about it? Maybe fear is holding you back and your comfort zone feels safe and predictable. Do you think you could trust enough to reach out and transcend your status quo and discover your greatest gift, your true self with all its beauty and wonder? What is there in you that wants to express in your life? It may be an untapped talent, a hobby, a new way of doing things, shining your light to warm another's life--something that says, This is who I am.

The first step may be a simple statement of intention that will nudge your mind into possibilities and new avenues of expression. You don't need to wait until you get all your problems solved. When they come, ask what you can learn from them. And grow into more of who you are.

I wish you exciting discoveries.

Marilyn

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