How I found hope as I watched the swearing-in of the 45th president of the United States of America.
Now, Everything Is Possible
Literally! I will save you my color commentary and the full details surrounding my epiphany. But whatever you and I decide to do what the rest of our adult lives, it is by choice. It is purely, divinely, and wholly up to us and the choices we make each day with our lives whether we grow or stagnate. Listen, I understand upbringing, education, common sense or whatever else we tell ourselves, but with technology, a passion for devouring books, and courage you can be anything you want to be in this life - just ask President Obama, and now President Trump.
If you look around today, there are examples of this truth playing out everwhere (Oprah, Bill Gates, Tyler Perry, Beyonce, and Steve Jobs).
The skills you don't have today you can gain tomorrow. Just get started.
There was a lot that held me back in the past: my pride, fear, a tendency to people please and seek permission. All of these things, these labels, fail to the waist side when I realized and ACCEPTED who I was. As a Christian, Christ has already labeled me forgiven and set free. Holding fast to this belief means - who cares about what anyone has to say about my present or future. It means believing in myself and my ability to create beyond what my eyes can see. It truly means everything is possible.
It means that you and I don’t have to be afraid to make mistakes, self-justify or hide from who we are. We learn and do better the next go round.
Focus is the key
Think about all the things you could do just in this minute alone, what about today, this month, or in a year? You could pursue things that encourage you and confirm the best parts of you. You could write a sonnet, author a book, or look for things online that make you laugh. You could also do the opposite of things that encourage, inspire, and uplift you.
What I've come to realize in my twenty-nine years on this tiny blue planet, I can do many things with my life and time, but I must ultimately decide what I am destined to do and with every fiber of my being - do that. It took me awhile, but I now know my purpose – what about you?
We are here for a very short time in the grand scheme of things. The sooner you discover your purpose, the sooner you can spend your life doing that. Here is a hint, if you are still searching, begin with your strengths.
Make the choice
Now, this is the pendulum that all this ranting hinges own (don't let me ramble for no reason). You have to make a choice for your life. You must decide what you are going to do with this life of yours.
May I suggest you choose life, choose freedom, choose to be prosperous in spirit. You don't have to be a product of your environment. You don't have to be a slave to dead beliefs and ideals. You don’t have to remain uneducated and stuck. Choose life, choose you.
Choose life and all that comes with it - the good and bad.
It's all part of your journey and will make you stronger. It could even make you president of this great country some day.
Discussion: What will you decide? Where are you stuck today? Are you looking for solutions or making excuses?