Imagine your life is a Rollercoaster (because we know that is pretty close in some cases). Draw a picture of this rollercoaster but as you draw it make notations as to what you’ve learned along the way during the high points and the low points, because there are always lessons, whether they seemed negative or positive. State these lessons as “I am grateful for… because…” Let me know in the comments section some of the insights you found. I’d love to hear about them!
Reaching your dreams can be exciting and can be one of life’s big rewards especially if you’ve been working on a dream for a long time. Sometimes the dreams we have, the ones that we put so much effort into, don’t seem to surface exactly the way we think they should. Sometimes they come in round about ways and as we look at them in hindsight it can almost seem surreal as we see how it is that we’ve reached our destination.
Detours can be blessings
Sometimes there are detours. Sometimes these detours don’t make sense, but they are part of the journey and as we look back, we can see that without that specific detour, our final destination would not have been possible.
We may work on specific dreams for years and years. Other dreams we may only work on for a few months and still others may seem to take a lifetime. But they all take exactly the right amount of time that they’re supposed to take.
Intuition will Lead us to our Destination
The most important thing about the process and journey of accomplishing our dreams is tuning in to our intuition or listening to the spirit or what some call our Higher Power. Some call it looking within. If we ignore this, we can be going in directions that are unnecessary and can take detours that are unnecessary. But as we listen to that still small voice, we will stay on that path that will lead us to our destination and we will eventually feel that tremendous JOY as we fulfill our dreams.
I am truly grateful for the path I have been on for the past two years, for all the detours, for all the amazing people who have taught me so many amazing lessons. I’m grateful for choices that I’ve been able to make and for the place I am at today, where I can help so many people.
My dreams of creating a website where I could be of service to many, many people and to teach people to help themselves is a true blessing and I am in awe at the opportunities that I have each day to be of service to those in need.
Life is a journey with many twists and turns, enjoy the ride. Continue reaching for your dreams… Enjoy the journey… the destination will be worth it!
Many hugs to all of you,
Yesterday at the end of my 3 day Telesummit, Choosing Joy! Conquering Life’s Challenges and Coming Out on Top, Joshua Home Edwards was interviewing me and asked me if there was any time I felt hopeless and if there was what it was that I would tell someone who was feeling hopeless if they were in that place and couldn’t get past that feeling.
One of the things I would tell them is “There’s a light at the end of the tunnel”. I had some very abusive relationships in my teens and into my 20s and at one time was even raped. “There’s a light at the end of the tunnel and keep going” is something that my sweet sister said to me after I was raped many years ago. I didn’t understand how something so horrible could have happened to me. I guess I used this statement a few times with my adult daughter, Mandy, as she was growing up because Mandy, has a really good friend, we’ll call her Stephanie, whose husband left her for another woman after eight years of marriage. She was devastated and didn’t know what to do with herself and had even become suicidal. My daughter had become very distraught over the whole situation and not only were they friends, but my daughter was also her boss. She sent a text to my daughter one morning and said she was on the bathroom floor crying and had been there most of the night and couldn’t get up and didn’t want to go on. My daughter told me that normally she would just text her back and say, “Why don’t you take the day off, take care of yourself, stay in bed, you’ll feel better tomorrow.”, But instead, she told her to get up, wash her face, put some cute jeans, get in her car, stop at Jamba Juice, get a drink with extra Vitamin B and come into work.
My daughter called me and was very upset. I told her she had done the right thing! A few minutes later, my daughter sent me the following text: It said, this is what I sent Stephanie: Imagine your life like it’s a train. Sometimes it has to work SO hard to get up the mountain. Sometimes it’s going so fast that the time just flies by! Sometimes there is GREAT scenery and sometimes it’s just blah. Sometimes it needs to stop and get refueled. And sometimes it goes thru tunnels. Sometimes these tunnels are straight and it seems scary, but you can see the light at the end. And sometimes the tunnels have twists and turns in them like a kinky curl… It makes it hard to see. You just keep going but don’t know when it will end or when you will see the light at the end… But Stephanie… There is an end! And at the end of this dark, creepy, cold winding tunnel is going to be the most beautiful scene your eyes have seen! There is an end and Heavenly Father has SO much in store for you!! This too shall pass. Trust me Stephanie. This is NOT going to last forever. I promise! You are just around the corner… Keep going! If you shut your engine down and just stay in the tunnel, you won’t get to see the beauty!! “I think I can. I think I can. I know I can. I know I can. Hey! I can!” That is what we taught my 5-year-old sister fighting a brain tumor and everything that went with it. Now toot your horn and keep going!
So I sent Mandy a response: “Can I just say you’re amazing! She’s so lucky to have a good friend like you and I’m extremely lucky to have a daughter like you!”
She responded: “Thanks mama. I just wish I could reach down there and pull her up. I would hold onto her until she found the strength to climb up. My heart is just breaking because I know the pain she is feeling and I just want to make it go away.
I said, “I know. But this is her own trial and it’s making her into the daughter of God He intended her to become!”
I was so proud of Mandy, but I was so thankful that I had a sister who was so wise to share with me that amazing analogy that not only helped me, but helped my daughter and helped her friend who had also become suicidal. Her friend, by the way is doing great now!
I hope we can find hope when we feel hopeless, and know that there is a God who cares deeply for us and never wants us to give up, that want us to endure to the end, and eventually, we will see that light at the end of the tunnel and it will be worth it – I promise!