Let’s just imagine that you are right here with me and we are chatting over a cup of coffee.
We are friends enjoying one another’s company and catching up as it has been a while since either of us have had a chance to just be still.
I have been waiting for this day because I have been experiencing some incredible things in my life. I am full of excitement and passion and truly cannot wait to share them with you.
You once called me a restless soul because I am always looking for a new challenge and always seeking to improve. I suppose if that is the definition then indeed that is a spot on assessment.
I experienced one of the greatest feelings in the world yesterday finding a group of people that are also “restless souls” with the same visions, attitudes and beliefs that I have. Each person had different reasons, and different stories to share but common goals and outlooks. The common theme was that no one was willing to accept that the way things have been or the way things are as the way things have to be.
I sat in the audience as I listened to story after story about lives that have been changed. A young man working at Krispy Kreme with seventy cents in his bank account and making less in hourly wages than what the store sold one box of donuts for – big sigh. Who thinks this is okay? I am so glad that he did not. He had a vision. Family legacy. This situation had been his family’s story. To change that, someone in his lineage had to do something different than what all of the others before him had done. He realized that he was owned by things, by his job, and previously by his fears.
I listened as I heard a powerful, wealthy and successful individual speak about how he had been successful in corporate America often mingling with CEO’s of some of the great Fortune 500 companies but dying inside because of the legacy he was creating and knowing it was not the legacy he had aspired to create. His job owned him. He was showing his wife and children that husband’s and dad’s are only present by way of the paycheck that they provide. He had no time.
Probably one of the most powerful stories that I heard all day because it resonated with my own experience was of a young lady – a former social worker – whose mother passed away when she was 16. She has no pictures or memories of “living” life with her mother. She went to college obtained her Master’s degree but was still not living her life. She was “owned.” She was being told what to say even if it was not true, when to show up, where to be, having to ask permission to go to lunch and being told how long that lunch would be. She wanted more. She wanted time with the only parent she had left. She wanted that time to count.
If any of these people in this room had accepted life as they knew it, hundreds and thousands of lives would have never been impacted in a positive way. These are people who said “Enough!” They made a decision. They had open minds. They prayed. They prayed for God to deliver the vehicle to help them be the change – not only for themselves but so that they could show others that life as it is was not how it has to be! They wanted to gift others with LIFE! When God delivered, they did not question, rather they believed.
Each of them had a reason that drove them, that motivated them, and energized them. This is critical.
I could relate to these people. I was not born to take orders, be unappreciated, looked down upon, used and abused, thrown away, pay bills, and hope that one day my ship will come in. I too was born for greatness! I was born to make a difference. I watched my whole life as my father held onto hope that someday the mineral rights that he inherited would produce wealth for him before he died rather than going out and creating it. He was passive about his life accepting it and not creating it. I will not be that girl!
Be it said that I am not simply talking about wealth in the monetary form but wealth as a legacy of time and memories – wealth as laughter and experiences. Happy, empowered experiences.
Consider this a call to action!
Are you living a life full of acceptance? Just playing the cards that you are dealt? Just going from one day to the other? Dreading Monday? Paycheck to paycheck hoping that your car does not break down, your air conditioner turns back on after winter/spring? Working every day saving up your vacation days so that you can hopefully take one if your co-worker has not already requested the particular time off that your spouse can get off so that the two of you can have an actual vacation together? What if you get sick and have to use your sick days that now extend to your vacation days? Well…maybe next year.
WHY live like this? This is insanity!
Rather than playing the cards that you are dealt, you are passing those babies out!?
Living an empowered life? A life full of passion? A life that brings other people to their feet?
Have you lost someone close to you? I am confident in saying that you did not have that day marked on your calendar well in advance knowing full well that would the last day that you would have with that person. Have your friends and family experienced the best of you? Have you experienced the best of you?
I have witnessed and experienced people who never really lived full out. I can say that this is truly one of the saddest things I have witnessed: My mother dying without having experienced life. Not truly living when she was alive.
I hope that this encourages, inspires and makes you think today. Make this the day that you decide to truly live by your definition and not someone else’s.
Until Next Time,