Below are several of the spiritual awakenings that I began to experience once I stopped denying the reality of my traumatic brain injury.
Through my experience I began to realize that I was never meant to live in denial. I was never meant to fill another person’s mold for me. I was never meant to be defined by a career or by an affiliation. I was never meant to be a human doing. Instead, I began to realize that I was created to be a human being. I began to realize that I was created to be a conduit of the passion that a loving God breathed into me.
Through my experience, I began to realize that I was created to have a relationship with a loving God. I began to realize that I was created to do the footwork – by turning my will and my life over to the care of a loving God and by praying for the knowledge of His will for me and the power to carry that out. I began to realize that I did not have to lean on my own understanding or rely on specific outcomes.
Through my experience, I began to realize that I could experience my life through a set of different eyes. I began to realize that I could let go and let God. I began to realize that I could view my daily circumstances as a gift, instead of as a daily gauntlet given to me to endure. I began to see life through the eyes of lessons, experiences and opportunities given to point me in the direction of my destiny.
Through my experience, I began to realize that I could replace my need to do, by learning to be. I began to realize that I could follow the beat to my own drum. I began to realize that I longer needed to earn my worth, value or significance. I began to realize that I no longer needed to have my worth, value or significance defined for me. I began to realize that I define my worth, value and significance.
Through my experience, I discovered that I could trust the process, the care of a loving God and my ability and willingness to learn from events, circumstances, experiences and opportunities.
“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 have only an extemporaneous half-possession…Do that which is assigned to you, and you cannot hope too much or dare too much.” Henry David Thoreau
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