Wow! The past year has been a phenomenal year for me in many ways! I have learned so much about myself, mainly that after years of living on this earth… I never really met life. I existed in hopelessness, drama, complacency, mediocrity and depression… all created by me.
Recently, I unexpectedly stumbled upon life and it has been my BFF and constant companion from the moment we met. For the first time, I approach each day excited about unlimited possibilities! Why? Because I now understand that I can be, do, express and have what I desire – I can absolutely create a life that I love living. Not only do I understand that, but I have started the journey, hand-in-hand with Life. I started blogging because I feel it is important for people to know that no matter what age you are, it is simply a number. That may sound cliché, but for the first time in my life I feel free and alive, and at 60, I feel as though my life is just starting.
I learned that creating the life I want is a process that begins with knowing where you want to go and plotting a course to get there. One of the most fundamental and critical tools used by a marine navigator before attempting a journey, is a navigational chart. This chart provides a graphic display of the course and its environment. It shows configurations of dangerous locations where sand bars, wrecks and rocks might be… currents, the sea bottom, how deep the water is, as well as things that will assist, like beacons and buoys that will act as guides along the way.
The main purpose for the chart is to provide information on how to maneuver a vessel to safely navigate to the destination. You and I are the vessels, and we have been given the responsibility of navigating our lives. For many years, I really didn’t have a chart – so I ended up in some pretty detrimental areas…and you may be feeling like your life is the same way. But there are 3 key words that you can say, that will interrupt that cycle.
Say it loud with me – UP UNTIL NOW!
That’s right! Gather all of that “stuff” in your life and get rid of it! All of it! Start on a new journey; take a new path and head in a different direction.
My train of thought was always “what if?” What if this happens, or what if I need that, or what if I don’t do this… Whew! It’s tiring just to think about it! Asking what if is fine, if we are masterminding, but most of the time our “what ifs” are on the negative side. We overpack our minds with all of this negative energy and then get upset when the “what ifs” show up in our lives. Well, what did you expect?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. Not surprising. There is so much negativity and uncertainty in our country, and stress is rapidly disrupting people’s lives. You start the year off with resolutions, high hopes, and every intention of making changes. Things go well for the first 30, maybe even 60 days. You feel really good and positive. But, then you slowly, subtly, slip back into old patterns, eventually abandoning all efforts to bring about change in your life. I know, because I was in that pattern for much of my life.
The months seem to fly by, and the end of the year is here again, along with the same results – yet again. Depression kicks in because it seems like a never-ending cycle, a roller coaster, with no way of getting off.
But, know that you are not alone.
As a woman, I felt pulled in so many directions and it became overwhelming because I did not even know who I was. There are so many messages coming from everywhere in the world, on the news, on the job, in social media…that it is difficult to decide what is real. On top of that I am a preacher’s kid, which made it even more challenging to find my way, with all of the “expectations.”
UP UNTIL NOW...!
I am finally doing it! I have re-patterned some things in my life and have made some pretty scary changes in the last 6 months. But, looking back, they weren’t so scary after all – only in my mind. I have discovered the power that is inside of me to create my life and I must tell you, there is nothing like it! The discovery of me and my capacity for living in full empowerment is awesome!
Did you know that you have that same capacity for in you? Yes, inside of you – it’s been waiting all of this time for you to pay attention…it’s been sending messages and speaking to you. You haven’t been listening; you have been too busy with what you think is living…
Join me in the full discovery and delivery of you! Decide now for your dream; decide that this is the last time you will come this route. The first step is making a decision deep down in the core of your being. You won’t be alone. Come on – we are going to do this together – we are going to form a cord, a cohesive bond. Let’s create extraordinary chapters in our books and share those chapters with the world.
Opportunities are always around us and most of the time we snub our noses at them. This is an opportunity – don’t miss out! If you want to make excuses or are not sure, this is probably not for you. This is for people who are ready to transform their life and walk into the power of their vision.
It is your purpose to fully discover and deliver to the world what was given to you!
By Melody Edwards