Have you ever stood on the edge of somewhere in your life and realized you were really meant to be “on the other side”? I picture myself standing on the edge of a cliff, looking over a chasm and knowing I am supposed to be on the other side of it. There is this very strong “pull” to get over there, NOW!
If you’ve been there or are there right now, you can relate. There is usually only one big decision standing in the way depending on the change that is begging for completion. For me it is when to take the leap and leave my safe, secure, but uninspiring job and do what is more in alignment with my soul. My job is ok and there are probably many people who would love to have it. 20 years ago-it would have been my dream job. But I have changed so much since then. I have educated myself and learned what else I am capable of. I feel I have “out grown it” and I have a new calling and a new dream.
Do you resonate with this? Many people do, especially now as consciousness is shifting and people are becoming more aware of the meaning or lack of meaning in their lives. More people are recognizing the treadmill they are on and want off! The new calling often starts small, through some event, comment or challenge- and begins to grow, sometimes quickly with great urgency and sometimes slowly over a period of time. My new calling has been growing in me for quite some time. It has definitely taken root and has established itself as a permanent part of who I am meant to be. When this happens, you can no longer ignore that it exists!
If you have been paying attention, you can see how you have been guided in new directions-exciting opportunities are showing up that you know are more in alignment with who are now. If you are open to them, you will take inspired action and the gap between where you are and where you long to be will get narrower and narrower. All that you need to do next is take the leap.
Now the leap may seem easy or be a more of a stretch. But most of the time, however, its not a little hop-it’s a leap! And it can be very scary on so many levels! What if you fail? You can probably hear the voices saying, “Don’t do it! You might not make it! And even if you do, there are no guarantees! You have a sure thing where you are, why not just be happy where you are? Why take the risk? People are losing their jobs in this economy and you want to let go of yours? Are you crazy? What will people think?”
Well, you could just choose to be happy where you are. And you can choose this knowing that your greater self will guide you to your next best experience. But, the danger in this is getting stuck in the okayness of where you are and not ever moving forward. And, if you don’t do anything, you will never know what you could have been and that feels restrictive, not expansive. Eventually, you will be back to longing. Your soul longs for expansion! Ask yourself, “What is the worst that could happen?” Actually, the better question and the one I choose to ask is “what if I succeed?” In being in alignment with who you truly are, how much better can you serve the world? The chance to do what you really want to do is your Divine right. Do not choose to go through life letting your dreams and desires slip by. Do not get to the end of your life and wish you had done it differently, took more risks or stepped away from the status quo.
Jimmy Carter said, “I have one life and one chance to make it count for something. I am free to choose what that something is, and something I have chosen is my faith. Now my faith goes beyond theology and religion and it requires considerable work and effort. My faith demands, this is not optional. My faith demands that I do whatever I can do wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to make a difference.”
You have a toolbox within you full of ideas, experience, knowledge, skills and resources that you can use to support your dream. You understand that anything is possible if you believe it is. You know there is Devine guidance available to you. Now, create a plan, visualize the outcome and take the leap.
I love this story called “The Chicken” by Gary Barnes and it speaks to anyone who is letting fear keep them from taking the leap and living the life they desire and dream of living.
Once upon a time, there was a large mountainside where an eagle’s nest rested. The eagle’s nest contained four large eagles eggs. One day an earth quake rocked the mountain causing one of the eggs to roll down the mountain to a chicken farm located in the valley below.
The chickens knew that they must protect and care for the eagle egg, so an old hen volunteered to nurture and raise the large egg. One day, the egg hatched and a beautiful eagle was born. Sadly, however, the eagle was raised to be a chicken.
Soon the eagle believed he was nothing more than a chicken. The eagle loved his home and family, but his spirit cried out for more. While playing a game on the farm one day, the eagle looked at the sky above and noticed a group of mighty eagles soaring in the sky.
“Oh, “ the eagle cried. “I wish I could soar like those birds.” The chickens roared with laughter. “You can’t soar with those birds. You’re a chicken and chickens do not soar.” The eagle continued staring at his real family up above, dreaming that he could be with them. Each time the eagle would let his dreams be known, he was told it couldn’t be done.
That’s what the eagle learned to believe. The eagle, after a time, stopped dreaming and continued to live his life as a chicken. Finally, after a long life as a chicken, the eagle passed away.
The moral of the story: You become what you believe you are. So if you ever dreamed of becoming an eagle, follow your dream and not the words of a chicken.
You are here to live your life as the eagle you were born to be. Are you ready to soar? I am.
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See you on the other side!
Debra Betterly, PhD is an Integrative Wellness & Life Coach and Metaphysician whose passion is to help women expand their health, joy and purpose in midlife and beyond.
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