Do you run away from or into that which you fear? Do you run away from people, situations, your thoughts and desires, your dreams, all because you’re afraid? Afraid to have the difficult conversation, or afraid of the person that will judge you, the dream you might not be able to achieve; the truth…YOUR truth? (YOU ARE TRUTH) Do you feel free or do you feel caged?
Have you ever said to someone, anyone, “I would love to ______.” Only to have them say, “Why would you do THAT!? You could do THIS instead? It’s a much better option?” And you agree. But you don’t really agree. You simply push down your own idea and feel…disheartened or silly or sad. But you PRETEND to be happy. “Yes, you’re right, that’s a better idea.” But the DESIRE to do that which you originally wanted to do is still there. It doesn’t go away. It may be forgotten for awhile, maybe even years. But it’s still there. It’s always there.
The truth is, no one knows your heart, your desires, your dreams but you. And until you find the courage, the FREEDOM to live YOUR life, YOUR way, it will continue to hide inside. To lay low for awhile. But it will emerge. Someday it will need to be heard; need to be seen. It will demand to be seen.
How many people do you know (for example) that have went to college to pursue a “dependable” career, or a “sensible” or “safe” career. A career that mom and dad told them they should pursue? Deciding their dreams for them. And how many times do they end up miserable and doing every damaging thing possible to themselves to try and fill the void of what they TRULY wanted to do, but didn’t have the courage to say?
What I have discovered is this: if I continue to run away from, instead of into my truth then I am denying my most authentic self; allowing someone else’s idea to guide me. I am letting their beliefs define who I AM, instead of my own. And when I do that, when YOU do that, we are, in essence, giving away our power. Pushing down, ignoring, resisting the truth…living a lie. Why would I give permission for someone else to project fears onto me, and define who I am? Why would you?
It’s like going to the refrigerator and eating an apple when what you REALLY want is ice cream. What we don’t want to believe or haven’t been taught is that it’s OK to TRUST ourselves enough to EAT the ice cream; it will satisfy the craving. When we eat the apple instead, the craving for the ice cream is STILL there. It hasn’t gone away.
It’s the same with life! If we would only allow ourselves, trust ourselves, have the courage to do the things we wanted to do in the first place, we would know JOY. A little bit would fill us up; satisfy the craving. We wouldn’t go into debt trying to fill the space. We wouldn’t eat the whole refrigerator and then come back to the ice cream after we’re miserable and full but still CRAVING the ice cream.
Instead of being fearful we would be fulfilled. Instead of being “obedient” to others we would be FAITHFUL to ourselves. And when we’re faithful to ourselves everyone will reap the rewards. Imagine if the whole WORLD knew JOY. Imagine if YOU knew JOY, daily.
Trust yourself; your intuition is guiding you if you’ll just listen. And it’s saying, it’s OK…EAT THE ICE CREAM!
Do you follow your inner guidance? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.