Over the course of the last several months, I’ve learned many invaluable lessons. My journey towards a clearer state of mind has exposed my vulnerabilities and, as a result, has empowered me.
I am Strong because I allow myself time to be Weak.
I am Protected and Secure because I allow myself to be Transparent and Open.
I am a Success because I allow myself to reflect upon and learn from my Failures.
I am Enlightened because I allow myself time to dwell in the Darkness.
I am always changing, transitioning, developing…I forever will be. This constant state of metamorphosis used to unnerve me. I felt unsteady, unstable, uncertain. I see the beauty in this now. I have realized that this constant need for change shows my love for learning, my unwillingness to remain stagnant and my refusal to conform to a life of disconnect.
The Universe needs learners. Learners must be deep thinkers and feelers, willing to reflect, make connections, arrive at conclusions, change and become new, and share these experiences with others in meaningful ways. I am one of these learners.
At the start of 2013, I had lost momentum…slow to even come out of the gates. In a scramble to catch up, my goals and purpose became clouded. I doubted everything I did or planned to do. Eventually, I allowed that doubt to keep me from fulfilling goals I had set for myself. I momentarily fell into the trap of comparing my journey and achievements to those of others, foolishly thinking their outward appearances (because no one knows what internal struggles someone else may be facing) had become the all-purpose scale by which to weigh my value.
Thankfully, I woke up in time–in time to enjoy my saunter.
I realized that there was (and, still is) beauty and necessity in my slow pace. Slowly journeying…sauntering, strolling…has gifted me with the ability to absorb, reflect, connect and learn.
On tough days, I’ve been able to see the lessons, appreciate the value of struggle and develop the strength that comes from endurance.
The beautiful days…those are the days I enjoy my miracles…and even stop to pick a few more along the way.
Ironically, today is World Sauntering Day…I hope you’ll take a moment today, and everyday, to see the beauty in a slow, steady pace, for this is what makes a true learner.
Enjoy the world around you, soak up the lessons, and pick every miracle in sight! (Tweet that!)