So many of us talk in the language of constraint; feeling confined to the outcomes of decisions made in a more guarded heart, fearful mind, and less awake spirit. We arrive at 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 years old, and we contemplate, “what’s possible given my reality?” And then we stall because this question is like dragging all of our baggage, story, and past decisions into a field, stacking them upon one another, and then trying to see the meadow of possibility on the other side.
Our reality is a compilation of who we were in our yesterdays. And yes – bricks and mortar, commitments, pets, and debt are real parts of this moment and cannot be simply dissolved to create space for path forward. But could we ask this question: What’s possible given my passion and capability? If this answer differs from the above, please discontinue beating yourself up for stalling and instead compassionately soften to yourself and say; “I see you and I am with you as we align with what’s coming versus what has been.”
While grateful for the beauty of our lives, we might find ourselves in a chapter where what we’ve created feels like a shoe too small or a sweater too itchy. Within us is the calling of our spirit; it is our life’s longing, a desire to impact our world.
We cannot change that clarity around or magnetic drawing to happened AFTER we made all these sticky, hard to untangle life choices, and thus, there is no reason to berate. We are where we are now.
Be still and sit in inquiry: What is the calling of my spirit? Whatever it is, clear or not, trust it. It is a seed in some stage of germination that wants our attention, nurturing hand, and invitation to emerge.
This “calling” is your truth. Resist the urge to judge it against someone else’ or think it should be grander than it appears. It may be a world stage or the privacy of your kitchen. Allow it to emerge: Listen deeply to it.
What is your impact? What is your great work?
Build, sew, write, create, lead, cook, calculate, speak, invent, protect, teach, heal, fix, gather. Whatever it is, embrace it fully as this is how we embrace ourselves fully. The glory isn’t in the outcome of what you do, it is in doing what brings you alive.
“And after the final no comes a lasting yes.”