Friday, April 22, 2011

don't just stand there. the spot light is on you...whatcha gonna do?

this article just kinda spoke out to me. well, actually it screamed at me...

its a good read...mainly for me because i can relate. too often when chasing a dream or trying to fulfill our needs and wants, when faced with challenges, we tend to give up or make excuses why something just isn't working. i'm guilty as charged. i never considered that maybe those challenges were signs i was getting closer and closer to achieving that goal. i guess the saying, you can't appreciate the good times if you can't learn and grow from the bad true. anyways, just thought i share.


A lot of folks tend to think, when they are pursuing their dreams, that when things aren't going the way they "want" or the way they "planned", that they should give up. Many of my clients and readers want to give up when things get a little tough. And it's interesting to me to see how easy it is for people to BELIEVE the negative voice in their head, far more than their positive and neutral voices.

It's almost like we are so afraid of getting our heart broken by our dream not coming true that any sign of setback, let down or unmet expectations are an excuse to stop trying.

But see, the thing is, walking on The Path will very rarely ever meet your "expectations". The Uni-verse speaks in paradox. What looks big, is usually small; what looks scary is usually joyful; what seems impossible is very much achievable and what seems hard can be easy. It's just being able to understand the paradoxical nature of The Uni-verse as well as having the emotional fitness and humility to not have to buy into the thought that everything has to go "your way".

Instead of judging a situation as "bad", a "setback" or a "quitting point", look at it this way: see GRACE.

You have no idea how protected, guided and looked after you are. When you look back at this moment in a few weeks, months or years, you very well will look back and see a blessing instead of a setback. So train your mind to refrain from judging a situation. Believe in grace. Instead of running away from your dreams, just sit with the uncomfortable feelings, meditate, take care of yourself and let them pass through you.

Do not run away because it is uncomfortable. Stay BECAUSE it is uncomfortable. Let your fears be purified by facing them. Let your judgments fade by not reacting to them and seeing how they play out over time. Humble yourself and know that things don't have to go YOUR WAY for you to be happy. There could be a way that is being guided from The Uni-verse that is much greater than you could ever imagine.

Emotional fitness, humility and a grace-filled mind will take you where you need to go. Let go of the judgments. Let go of the expectations and just show up fully with whatever you are feeling today. But do not turn back. Stay in the fire. You are not being burned - you are bring purified.


hope you all have a wonderful weekend :)


Emily said...

Loved your line, 'you can't appreciate the good times if you can't learn and grow from the bad ones'. So true!!

Have a great weekend friend!

Alisha said...

Such a great post Ashley!! Thanks for the simple reminder about life and the way we should perceive it - with grace.

Happy Friday, love!

Love Unawakened said...

Very well said!

Anonymous said...

aaahhhh!!! i love this. i think we are often afraid to get out of our comfort zones, i always believe that god never hands us anything we can't handle. what an awesome friday inspiration.

Megan said...

Wow...this is beautiful! I love the part where you said, "you are not being burned, you are being purified." I want that to be my prayer every single day...purify me, Lord!

Brandi @ Home Team Dreams said...

Wow! I really loved this as well. "Believe in grace" that's something that I need to quote to myself daily. I feel very encouraged after reading this :)