Every story begins somewhere. I have a sign in my home office that says, “Home is where your story begins”.
But stories don’t necessarily start at home. Some start the minute you walk out the door, or board a plane, or put the car in gear. Some stories start when you open a door or answer the phone, or say “hi” to a stranger.
And not only that, but our lives are not just one story, but many, many stories. There’s the story of my childhood, the story of life and Grandma Johnson’s house. There’s stories of school and friends. I have stories from an old apartment house that isn’t even there anymore. But the story is still there. That’s the great thing about stories-they live forever.
What story are you in right now? Or what story will you start tomorrow? Is your story about success, career, love, loss, or hope? I’ll bet you have a story that touches on each of these. We all do.
It’s a fun statement full of hope and magic. Although some people would rather live by what’s probable than what’s possible. Part of this comes from fear of change. Reaching for the ‘possible’ can mean reaching outside of your comfort zone. It can mean taking a risk, testing your faith, capabilities, or knowledge. It is often much easier to live in a world of what we know and are comfortable with.
That darn comfort zone! It’s our worst enemy.
Is there something you want but felt it was out of your reach? Maybe you don’t feel qualified for a particular job or task? Or like some unfortunate souls, feel you’re not worthy? Who establishes your worth? Who establishes your qualifications? Who says you do or don’t need that enough to warrant your having it?
Your life isn’t up to anyone else, it’s up to you. If you’ve given the control of your life away to someone else, then it is fully in your power and right to take that control back. It’s your life, not theirs. What is possible in your mind, that you haven’t tackled, tried, or reached for yet?
It’s time. Take the first step today to do the possible.
Every moment brings an opportunity to experience life anew. Every day carries the potential for transformation and growth-for adopting a fresh perspective, making a different choice, or taking a new path.
I choose to make today a turning point day. Whether the changes I make are large or small, each one propels my growth. I discover more about myself, how Spirit works in and through me, and how to express my divine nature in meaningful ways.
I step out in faith to experience life more fully. I am confident and excited as I venture into new territory and embrace this turning point of my life.
“How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.” ~ Trina Paulus
If you stop and think about it, we are all caterpillars, aspiring to something greater. But at what point do we become brave enough, or impassioned enough to leave the old behind and take flight? To let go?
Fear is the greatest hindrance in our lives. It’s not so much that we will fail, it’s the fear of failure.
Experience teaches us that falling down may hurt, and so we are careful to avoid falling down. And yet, there are times when we fall. It doesn’t kill us, it doesn’t render us incapable of walking ever again. It might bruise or scrape our knees, but we get back up and go again. That’s our wings-the power within to get back up and go again, to fly!
What is holding you back in your life that you need to let go of?
To what great adventure will you fly to when you spread your wings?
Think of the endless possibilities that lie ahead for you. Age, circumstances, finances mean nothing. This is your time. Leave the cocoon and fly!
I have a small frame and have been petite my whole life, until I hit menopause and found myself in an unhappy relationship. The pounds started packing on everywhere!
Breaking away was hard, but being alone and happy was far better than being with the wrong person and miserable.
Yet, there I was in mid-life – single, alone and my clothes were almost three sizes larger than they had ever been before.
What to do? I could keep buying larger sized clothing, but when I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror one day I was instantly depressed. This wasn’t me. I didn’t feel comfortable being lumpy and pudgy and saggy. I didn’t sleep well and I was facing depression. I didn’t care what other people thought of me, but I did care what I thought of me. And I didn’t feel good about myself in this condition.
Four months ago I started a new regimen that turned my life around. And today I am back to my petite shape, back to my original clothing size – and feeling fantastic about myself again. I am happy! Happiness is certainly not based just on body image and size, it’s a perfect balance of mental, spiritual and physical. When any one gets completely out of alignment, it can throw everything off.
I did not use hypnosis, fad diets, pills or hormone therapy, here’s what I did:
I changed my eating habits.
Sunday through Friday I eat strictly healthy, low-fat foods. Lots of salads, fruits, vegetables and lean meats (chicken and fish). I don’t eat bacon, cheese, sweets, breads, white potatoes, pasta, fast foods, fried foods or junk foods. Keep the fat-content and calories down, plenty of protein.
Saturday is my FREE DAY. All those things I can’t have the rest of the week, I CAN have on Saturday. If someone brings homemade cookies to work, I put one in a baggy and save it for Saturday. Buy me chocolates for Valentine’s Day? I’ll eat them on Saturday. But even then, I ration it, not too much. Your FREE day is up to you. Pick one day and stick to it.
I joined a gym and rotate my workouts so I have a variety, and am hitting all areas of my body. To get to my desired weight, I went every day after work and on weekends averaging 6 days a week. Now that I’m where I want to be, I can trim that back to 4-5 days a week to maintain.
Portion control. “Don’t eat for the body you have, eat for the body you want.” I cut everything in half. Instead of eating a whole protein bar before the gym, I ate half of one. The same with every meal. This caused the quickest weight drop of all. I didn’t think I was eating very much to start, but apparently, I was. Cut it in half! Having the person you share meals with supporting you, and eating the same way you do, and working out as much as you do, can make all the difference in the world. Why not be healthy together?
We all have it. That temptation of something we know isn’t good or right for us.
Maybe it’s an addiction. Smoking, drinking, drugs. Maybe it’s a bad habit. Judging, controlling, obsessing. Maybe it’s more subtle. Doubt, fear, guilt.
Whatever your apple in the Garden of Eden is, face it. Have a discussion with it. Find out where it comes from and then tell it ‘good-bye’. You don’t need it. Fight the temptation that makes you feel less than you really are.
You are strong. Be strong. You are good. Be good. You are smart. Be smart!
Overcome the temptation and be the best of you. Enjoy this beautiful life you have been given. Appearances are misleading. Look beyond to the Light that is just a couple of inches behind the illusion.
Some feel that intimacy is a four-letter word for “here’s my heart and soul.” It’s both desired and feared, and impossible to live without.
We want to fall in love, to share our lives with someone who loves us back to at least the same degree that we love them. We want the “happy ever after.”
But what does “happy ever after” really mean?
It’s nowhere to be found in the 50% of marriages that end up in divorce court. Maybe ‘happy for a while’ is more realistic? Is that what we’ve come to? Settling for less than we want to avoid being alone?
Don’t give up on your dreams. And never give up on love! If you’ve found the love of your life, hold on tight. If you’re still looking, step back and be open to what the Universe has in store for you. Either way, the best is yet to come!