This week as I reflected back on all my meet ups, I stumble upon an insightful quote by Maya Angelou.
While I don’t believe any one action defines who someone is, I think there’s something to this. Actions speak louder than words. And repeated actions are what shape our character and reputation
If someone says they want to spend time together but repeatedly fails to show up, they are communicating that they aren’t willing to follow through on their promises.
If someone says they’re trustworthy but repeatedly lies, they are communicating that their word can’t be trusted.
If someone says they want to change but repeatedly fails to make an effort, they are communicating that they aren’t willing to do things differently.
Acknowledging this isn’t forming judgments. It’s recognizing the facts so that we can make a wise choice based on how things are—not how we want them to be.
We may recognize we’re being mistreated and choose to set and enforce a boundary. We all deserve second chances, and sometimes a third or fourth. But other times we need to open our eyes so that we know when enough is enough. It’s never our fault when someone else hurts us, but it’s within our power to stop allowing it.
No matter how much we dream of change, are curious about having a better quality of life, set intentions, envision, anticipate and wish for peace, there is only one thing that has to change in your life and it’s you.
And that is really the key to it all – what is it that you can do to transform your way of being and your way of life in a way that brings you a greater sense of self, a greater sense of inner stillness and peace. Trusting and following your heart, your inner knowing in a way that inspires you, that makes you feel expansive with wonder and excitement each day. How can you live a life that finds you doing what you love and loving what you do!
The one certain thing in life is change. Children grow up, jobs change, friends move away, houses sell, finances grow or diminish, even relationships come and go. Change forces us to step out of the familiar into the unfamiliar which can undoubtedly seem like a big task. Whilst some people thrive on change, for others the mere thought of it is too overwhelming to comprehend.
Stepping out of your ‘perceived’ normal way of being, being different to your friends and even your family can unleash a deep sense of vulnerability. Vulnerability is necessary, it is not weakness, being vulnerable is pure courage and brings new possibilities for change.
It’s Ok to feel vulnerability, to feel the fear and do it anyway, to dare, to take risks, to say yes and say no, to speak your truth, to follow your heart, to sit in stillness and let another cry, to be willing to move through the discomfort and allow the truth of who you are to shine.
People admire others that step out of the norm who follow their hearts and go for what they love. Many of the greats from around the world have become famous because they have been prepared to be vulnerable, to take a risk, to keep trying until they have succeeded.
Once you choose to take action, it’s amazing how things fall into place, people pop into your life, experiences and answers appear that support you to the next step, all from places you’ve never imagined.
The secret is taking one simple step at a time.
May your week be paved with ease and grace and love fill your heart and soul.
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