“Pay attention to the things you are naturally drawn to. They are often connected to your path, passion and purpose in life. Have the courage to follow them.“ – Ruben Chavez
The answers we want in life, and often need seldom come easy. They tend to require a prerequisite of questions and answers, soul searching and prayer, all entangled with some disappointment and a douse of emotional pain.
Not the equation we often seek or desire to work out the kinks in our daily walk, however what comes easy is usually not proven. So off we must go, to discover our truth, understand our purpose a little better and make the path we’re on a bit clearer.
A path that may be beaten from a host of others, however for us, it is still yet new and awaiting our first discovery. A discovery that will inevitably reveal opportunity, an awakening to grand ideas that live deep inside our spirits and a strength and courage that we must learn how to tap into on a frequent basis. And although these words just seemed to spill off my tongue effortlessly, the actual work, the endeavor of “doing” is another story.
A story that has chapters yet to be written, chapters we’d rather not speak of and life experiences that reveal our immaturity or indecisiveness in the moment of need. I say, “so what to that”. You are not your past, and each day we have the opportunity to prove it. The question is will we? Will we prove that our past poor decisions regarding money, relationships, education or our careers, define us? They certainly can, but they don’t necessarily have to. Is the choice really up to us? Is it really that simple? Simple yes, but easy, far from it.
Digging deep requires effort and the cost is steep. It is not an overnight process and things will usually look worse before they get better. However, the rewards are worth it. It kind of feels like owning your own sh*t, that no one else paid for. Imagine this being your life.
You are finally able to see yourself for who and what you really are and decide where to go from there. No more people pleasing, seeking approval and fronting. The real “you” has finally stepped into the building of life and you actually like what you see. Imagine that!
At almost 50, digging deep is a way of life for me. I have no reason to pretend anymore. Lord knows I’ve done my share of it, but today I live free. I live as me, the real one created by God. Perfect? Far from it. Accepted? Maybe, maybe not, but when I look in the mirror, I’m okay with the guy I see. I recognize him. He is no longer a stranger to me, but a man that chooses to dig deep to discover the whys of his life and remain open to learn something new each day.