Being Who You Are

“I’ve come to trust not that events will always unfold exactly as I want, but that I will be fine either way. The challenges we face in life are always lessons that serve our soul’s growth.” ~ Marianne Williamson …

We might not always see it at first, but things eventually pan out exactly as they need to. Many times throughout our lives, we lose trust–in God, in life, and in the path that lies before. But the truth is that we are not going to fall down, give up, or go astray in those places where we do not quite fit yet, we simply need not lose hope; for our destiny will unfold exactly as we want it to when the time is right and we are ready to grow into our ourselves.

Without a doubt, faith in God is the most powerful and life-changing form of trust we can ever experience. It holds immeasurable power–to assure us, to guide us, to sustain us, to inspire us–the capacity to help us grow into the person that we were created to be.

We can additionally employ trust on a much smaller scale in our daily lives. For instance, by trusting others and ourselves, we add a certain positive energy to life that allows us to approach our tasks with confidence and enthusiasm. This can enable us to accomplish more, with much less effort and far greater results. And when our accomplishments begin to reflect the trust we hold in ourselves, much of life seems to just fall into place. At home, at work, in school, in relationships–everything is much simpler when we trust ourselves to be who we are.

And by trusting ourselves, we bolster our confidence and allow ourselves to exhibit much more of our authentic selves to the world around us. Once we realize just who we are, and allow that unique individual to shine through, wearing masks or putting on a show to impress others becomes a thing of the past.

Allow yourself to simply be who you are.

Questions to consider:

What events have recently not gone as expected? How did that affect you at the time? Today?

What barriers do you have to trusting your authentic self? Where do they come from?

What lessons have you learned from the challenges you have faced recently? What further lessons might you learn?

For further thought:

Nasreddin brought a bow and arrows with him to the country fair, and his students all came to see their teacher compete in the archery contest. Like all other contestants, Nasreddin was given three shots at the target. Before he took his first shot, Nasreddin put on the kind of hat a soldier wears and stood up very straight. Then he pulled the bow back hard and fired. Nasreddin missed the target completely, and the crowd laughed mightily at him.

Nasreddin picked up the bow once more and drew it back. This time he used much less strength, and although the arrow flew straight at the target, it fell far short.

Nasreddin had only his third shot left. He simply turned to face the target and fired the third arrow. It hit dead center, and the whole crowd went crazy! Everyone wanted to know how he made the last shot after not even having come close with the first two.

“I’ll tell you,” Nasreddin said. “For the first shot, I was imagining I was a soldier and a terrible enemy faced me. Fear caused the arrow to fly high over the target. When I took the second shot, I was thinking like a man who had missed his first one and was so nervous he could not concentrate. He was weak with worry, and the shot was weak, too.”

Nasreddin paused. Finally a courageous soul spoke up. “And what about the third one? Who fired that arrow?”

“Oh,” said Nasreddin. “That was me!”

traditional Sufi story

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