Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live my friend. Thank you for taking the time to stop by to visit with me. Today, I want to share with you a personal struggle – that I faced for many years of my life. For many years of my life I bought into the notion that I could not effectively use my gifts, talents and abilities with out first having the external validation of groups, organizations and associations.
Consequently, I spent many years of my life waiting for the “call”. In the process of waiting for the CALL, I slowly painted myself into the corner of a box.
In the process of my waiting to be recognized, affirmed, approved and validated I found that I had bought into several faulty notions and limiting scripts. These notions and scripts sought to convince me that only a group, organization or association could lead me from the corner of my box. Because I never “received the stamp of approval” l bought into the notion that no one wanted what I had to give.
In my experience – and as I bought into these notions and scripts – I found myself feeling like someone who was all dressed up with nowhere to go and that no one wanted what I had to bring to the table of life. In the process, I devalued both my vision and mission. In the process, I gave away my power and what I valued as an individual. In the process, I lost sight of my creative self.
“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” Carl Bard
Through a series of events I woke up to the reality that I was wasting my time. I began to realize that no group, organization or association could keep me in the confines of the box. I began to realize that I was the only one who could keep me in the confines of the box. I began to realize that I could move beyond the corner of the box. I began to realize that I could move outside of the box.
“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.” Mother Teresa
With my awareness, I made several decisions. I made the decision to move beyond the confines of my box. I made the decision to value my mission and my vision. I made the decision to pursue my passion through my mission and vision. I made the decision to begin using my gifts, talents and abilities in ways that work for me. I made the decision to be fully me. I made the decision to be creatively free.
“Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman
My encouragement to you my friend is to follow your passion, vision and mission. Do not wait for some group, organization or association to recognize, affirm, approve or validate your gifts, talents and abilities. Use your gifts, talents and abilities in ways that work for you… And as you use your gifts, talents and abilities be encouraged to be fully you. And as you are fully you – be creatively free.
“To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong.” Joseph Chilton Pearce
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