I got this message from God today,
when people tell you nice things, stop shrugging them off as if they are nothing.
The sincere compliments you receive are your jewels, – collect them in your heart, – they highlight the beauty of your being and empower you during challenging times. Never say ‘oh, it’s nothing’ or shrug your shoulders when you hear a sincere compliment. Pause, breathe it in, and really feel its meaning.
Do you ever get the feeling that God is giving you a wink to let you know that you are in the right direction? I started seeing a life coach last week. Okay, so we only had one session but I feel like I am on the right path. I am not sure where it will lead but I am confident that it will help.
She is covered by our insurance so of course she needs to give a “medical diagnosis” to ensure that the insurance company will pay for the visits. So, she tells me that I have “adjustment disorder”. That is a nice term for saying she is going to help me find my purpose in life (with a spiritual base) and restore my confidence and self-esteem. It is nice to know that there is a medical term for being “stuck”.
I have always become absorbed in my work and then with raising Belinda. As Belinda when off to college, I still had a crazy work schedule and commute. When I semi-retired, I thought that I would just move on to the next stage in my life. The problem was – I wasn’t sure who I was? What my purpose was? Jody (the life coach) asked me several questions that I really couldn’t answer. She also recommended that I read the book the “Purpose Driven Life“. Wanting to be the good student, I headed home to download it on my iPad.
Guess what? If you choose to accept this mission, you will be walking along with me on this journey. I hope to be able to share my experiences in an effort to help others who may be “stuck”. The first 3 questions in the book to ponder were:
- Have you ever wondered about, or felt confused about, the purpose of your life?
HELLO!!! This is why I am reading the book. I thought I had it figured out when I was a social worker in the early years of HIV/AIDS but then I was drawn in another direction. Or, did I opt out for what I thought was my purpose.
- What ways have you tried to discover your life’s purpose that haven’t worked?
Tried workshops, conferences, and self-help books. I have taken assessment tests and surveys. I have prayed but I don’t think I have listened for an answer. I guess my experiment with drugs was even an attempt to figure out my purpose. If something had worked, would I still be STUCK!
- Why do you think people try to discover their life’s purpose without turning to God, their creator?
As for me, I have turned to God but I don’t think I have stopped long enough to hear his answer. Maybe I am afraid that the answer that he gives me is one that I won’t like. Is that really possible if we are truly hunting for our true purpose.
Since the book is a daily reading with questions to ponder, I will spare you from a daily self assessment. I will share with you the things that make me go AHA and those that I struggle with along the way.
The little voice in my head (no I do not have multi-personalities) continues to tell me that by sharing this journey and my other struggles, I am sabotaging my business. I can only hope that by letting you know that I am human, I may be able to help someone else who has struggled in the same way.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!