Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live my friend. I am happy to have you around my table. Over the past 2 days I wrote a 2 part article, What is, “Second Chance to Live”?. The 2 images that I used were puzzles with the caption, Finding What Works Best For You. Through my process and for many years I attempted to fit into a truth that other people wanted me to own.
In essence, I attempted to use what other people were leading me to believe would work for me. After many years of attempting to fit into that “TRUTH”, for me; I found myself frustrated and bewildered. So I tried all the harder until I began to realize that as an individual living with a brain injury and an invisible disability I could not fit into someone else’s “TRUTH” for me.
With this realization I became aware that although that was “TRUTH” for other people, it was a “LIE” for me. The truth worked for other people, but did not work for me. Realizing that the truth did not work for me, helped me to be aware. My awareness helped me to stop beating up on myself for not being able to own “their truth” for me. My awareness helped me to find a freedom. A freedom to realize that although I could not own their truth, I could find and own my truth.
Not that “it” was a lie, but “it” was not my truth. The “TRUTH”, being that I could learn how to use my gifts, talents and abilities in ways that would work for me. The truth that I could own for myself.
With the realization I began to understand the difference between what was the truth and what was a lie for me. What worked for other people was the truth for them, but not truth for me. With my awareness, I began to understand that I needed to find my own truth. I also began to understand that no one could define my truth for me — what would work best for me. What I also began to understand was that I was the only one who could create with my truth. What I discovered was that only I could discover and live my truth. And this discovery takes time.
Time, Effort, Trial and Error, Persistence and Tenacity. Time, Effort, Trial and Error, Persistence and Tenacity before I could own, create and live my “TRUTH”.
As you read this article you may be asking yourself, “Am I living my Truth?”. Several questions that I needed to ask myself to answer, “Am I living my Truth?” are below. These questions also may help you to answer the question, “Am I living my truth?”.
Truth, in the context of these questions; is how we use what we are able to do now, in ways that work for us.
- Am I waiting for some one to define my truth?
- Am I waiting for some one to tell me what to do?
- Have I been living some one else’s truth?
- Is that truth working for me?
- Is that truth leaving me frustrated with my life?
- Does that truth leave me feeling out-of-place; like a fish out of water?
- If there was nothing “holding me back” what would I love to do with my life?
- What is my truth and how can I live my truth?
- Have I looked for a way(s) to live my truth?
- What is keeping me from pursuing my truth?
- How can I use my truth to live my life and follow my dreams?
- How can I use my gifts, talents and abilities in ways that will work for me?
- Am I committed to finding ways to use my gifts, talents and abilities in ways that work for me?
- How can I use my gifts, talents and abilities to live my truth?
For many years I had no idea that I was living a lie. Not that their truth was a lie, but that their truth was a lie for me. I am glad that I reached a point in my life. A point in my life when I realized I was struggling, unsuccessfully; to make work what was not meant to work for me. Trying to make another persons truth work for me. In the event that you also find yourself asking the question, “Am I living my truth?, I would encourage you to sit down and answer the questions I asked myself. And as you answer the questions, answer them as though nothing is holding you back.
As though nothing is holding you back from living your “TRUTH”.
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