For many years I waited for someone — a group, an organization, a church, an employer or a relationship — to recognize my worth and value. I bought into the notion that I had to obtain some type of stamp or validation of approval before my gifts, talents and abilities could be deemed to be valuable and worth while.
Sure I used my gifts, talents and abilities, but I did not feel as though my gifts, talents and abilities were that significant. Consequently, I spent many years waiting and hoping for the call.
When the call to use my gifts, talents and abilities did not come I felt inadequate. I felt insignificant. I felt “less than” the individuals who had been recognized and validated for their gifts, talents and abilities. Consequently, I became discouraged and despondent. Thankfully — with time — my discouragement and despondency motivated me to be open to solutions.
My discouragement and despondency continued to persist until I became sick and tired of being sick and tired. When I reached that point in time point — in my life — I became willing and motivated to look for solutions.
My discouragement and despondency continued to persist until I became sick and tired of being sick and tired. When I became sick and tired of being sick and tired, I became willing and motivated to look for solutions.
Through being open to solutions, I had a spiritual awakening. I realized that the call I had been waiting for that never came– from outside of me — was already inside of me.
In my willingness, I realized that I no longer needed the approval or validation of an organization, church, employer or a relationship to use my gifts, talents and abilities.
I realized that I no longer needed to wait for an organization, church, employer or relationship to recognize and validate what I valued and considered essential.
With my realization, I started on a quest to find a way to use my gifts, talents and abilities to pursue what I valued and considered important.
Through my quest, I discovered that I could use my gifts, talents and abilities writing and speaking. On February 6, 2007 I started on my journey to encourage, motivate, empower and share hope through articles and later video presentations. My delivery would be a web log and I would name that web log — Second Chance to Live.
To read about my quest of discovery, please click on this link: Back Story of Second Chance to Live
Today is the first day of the rest of our lives. What we possess is on the inside of us — our call, our passion. Our call — regardless of our disability or limitations — is waiting to be pursued, one step at a time.
Be bold and courageous my friend. You do not have to wait to be approved or validated. Take one step at a time. And remember; as you walk, the journey involves a process, not a destination.
You will discover how to use your passions You have already been validated. Your call resides within you. Answer the call. And as you walk, trust the process, trust a loving God and trust yourself.
More will be revealed to us.
“Insist on yourself, never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you only have an extemporaneous half-possession…Do that which is assigned to you, and you can not hope too much or dare too much.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.
“If you advance confidently in the direction of your dreams and endeavor to life the life that you have imagined…you will meet with success unexpected in common hours.” Henry David Thoreau
To read Part 2 of Answering the Call that Never Came, click here
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