She asked the question in a matter-of-fact tone. There was no beating around the bush. There was no dramatic pause. There was just a straightforward question asked to a group of ladies who were sitting captive in a room so they could learn how to create their futures.
“If you had all of the world’s resources at your disposal, what would you do each day?”
I will forever be indebted to Ms. Barbara Lachance, of Generational Solutions, LLC. Not because this question was one I had not heard before. Not because this question was one I had never thought about before. I will forever be thankful to Ms. Lachance because she stood in front of a room of women yearning to step into their destinies, start living theirs lives out loud, and serve their purpose in life. When she asked this question in a way only she could, time stopped and the world grew still. I knew my answer to this question – I have for many years.
write, be an inspiration to others, help people change their lives, change the world and help it become a better place to live
Does that seem to be too much? I thought so the first time I wrote the answer down on paper. I thought, “Who do I think I am to want to change the world. I am just one person. Why can’t I just have a focus like everyone else? Over the next 17 months I would learn the answer. The answer I know understand fully and accept.
Because I am NOT everyone else. I am me.
Yes, I am me. You are YOU. You have a voice that should be heard, a life that should be lived fully. How do you express it? In this group of women, I learned that we each have a uniqueness that is our special quality. We each have dreams and desires that we want to achieve, and while those dreams and desires may be similar to others’ hopes and plans, we will accomplish them differently because we are different. We were not intended to live a life that others planned for us. We were not purposed to live a life that we think someone else would like us to live. We were designed to listen to our spirit and hear the inner voice that tells us exactly what we were designed to do. It is only in that silence, in those moments of true reflection that we can truly answer:
What do YOU want out of life?
At the end of each day, when you tuck yourself into bed and place your head on the pillow, how do you feel about your life? What do you think about the work you do? What do you think about the life you have? What do you think…
I used to wake up, get the family off to their areas, go to work, pick up the family, spend a few hours going though the motions of parenthood, get everyone off to bed, and fall asleep. I had no purpose in my life other than to earn a living, ensure my kids had everything they wanted, and hopefully not die before I was able to accomplish one or two of my dreams. Then I woke up one day sicker than I had ever been and tired. Tired of living a lie. Tired of going through the motions. Tired of living everyone else’s dreams for my life. I was exhausted from being me…except I wasn’t really being me.
It was in that day that I began to make changes that have led me to where I am today, truly living the life I was designed to live. I have a way to go before I am living out my dreams, and I still haven’t accomplished any of them, but I am finally on the path toward fulfilling them. It were as if before I was traveling down 95 trying to get to Austin, TX and now I am finally on 35.
I am slowly finding my voice, building up the courage to be who I am and who I was created to be, and living my life out loud. I am learning that I am unique and that doesn’t make me unlovable but instead makes me special. I am believing that my BIG dreams will come to pass in my life and I am finally not afraid to step into my destiny. I am thankful to Ms. Lachance for speaking to our group and helping me finally take those steps that the last 17 months have confirmed I need to take. If she hadn’t been faithful in agreeing to talk with us, I would probably still be standing at the fork in this path trying to figure out which direction I was going to go.
What about you? What do you REALLY want out of life?
Let’s continue to grow together as we pray for and support one another. Your dreams are worth going after. YOU are worth being heard and seen by the world. Let your light shine, share your talents, and become all that you are destined to be!
Until next time,