If you have ever moved from one house to another, you know what a process moving can be.
It is usually not a quick transition, usually not painless, and usually not without some tough decision making. Moving from one place … an emotional or spiritual place, or our spiritual “house,” is similar in challenging nature. Sometimes we take leaps. And sometimes we take fabulous little baby steps.
Moving forward will remain a slow and painful struggle if we keep dragging the stuff from our past along with us. At some point we have to stop and look at everything we are carrying. We have to decide what is truly important to us. We have to make the changes that are necessary , and then move forward again and see the difference. With less stuff taking up so much space, we have more room to allow for the new to enter. After all, we can’t be in two places at the same time. We can’t be back there, and also here. We can’t be here, and also up ahead.
We also cannot take a different route until we get off of the route that we are currently on. We can’t take two routes at the same time. We have to decide which route we want to be on, and exit one of them in order to really get anywhere on the other. The only way to do this … to step into our purpose … is to step up to the plate.
How do we do this?
“Load the ship and set out. No one knows for certain whether the vessel will sink or reach the harbor. Cautious people say, ‘I’ll do nothing until I can be sure.’ Merchants know better. If you do nothing, you lose. Don’t be one of those merchants who won’t risk the ocean.” -Rumi
Luckily there is no right way, no wrong way, and no one way to get where we need to go. And it is important to remember that whichever way works best for us, in keeping with our values, is our true way. There are no rules, and there are unlimited possibilities. Our choices are our own to make, and no one can make them for us. Not even in the name of love. While letting go of “stuff,” and holding onto our faith … whatever our faith means to us, which again is a personal choice … we can take deep breaths and step bravely and surely, one foot in front of the other. When we are first starting out on our journeys as human beings, our very first steps are celebrated. We get applauded,encouraged, recorded, and praised for our first baby steps. We aren’t scolded (hopefully) every time we lose our balance and fall, or when we try to get up and just tumble and have to work our way back to standing. We aren’t punished when we don’t take off running immediately. I would even go so far as to say the excitement begins before we even arrive at actually taking those very first steps. In anticipation, cameras are prepared and family members huddle with smiles and hope and confidence in us! This awesome celebrating happens again when we step onto a sandy beach for the first time or pedal a bicycle on our own. Why not embrace the rest of our life that same way? Whatever your goals are, celebrate your baby steps! Even if you are the only one applauding. These steps not only count, but they are necessary for the way your life is about to completely change, right before your eyes, all because you are not giving up!
“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” -Harriet Beecher Stowe