time comes in your life when you finally get it...when,
in the midst of all your fears and insanity, you stop dead in your
tracks and somewhere the voice inside your head cries out - ENOUGH!
Enough fighting and crying or struggling to hold on. And, like a
child quieting down after a blind tantrum, your sobs begin to subside,
you shudder once or twice, you blink back your tears and begin to
look at the world through new eyes. This is your awakening.
realize it's time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change...or
for happiness, safety and security to come galloping over the next
horizon. You come to terms with the fact that neither of you is
Prince Charming or Cinderella and that in the real world there aren't
always fairy tale endings (or beginnings for that matter) and that
any guarantee of "happily ever after" must begin with
you...and in the process a sense of serenity is born of acceptance.
You awaken to the fact that you are not perfect and that not everyone
will always love, appreciate or approve of who or what you are ...
and that's OK.
They are entitled to their own views and opinions.
And you learn the importance of loving and championing yourself...and
in the process a sense of newfound confidence is born of self-approval.
You stop complaining and blaming other people for the things they
did to you (or didn't do for you) and you learn that the only thing
you can really count on is the unexpected.
You learn that people don't always say what they mean or mean what
they say and that not everyone will always be there for you and
that it's not always about you.
So, you learn to stand on your own and to take care of yourself...and
in the process a sense of safety and security is born of self-reliance.
You stop judging and pointing fingers and you begin to accept people
as they are and to overlook their shortcomings and human frailties?
and in the process a sense of peace and contentment is born of forgiveness.
You realize that much of the way you view yourself, and the world
around you, is as a result of all the messages and opinions that
have been ingrained into your psyche. And you begin to sift through
all the junk you've been fed about how you should behave, how you
should look, how much you should weigh, what you should wear, what
you should do for a living, how much money you should make, what
you should drive, how and where you should live, who you should
marry, the importance of having and raising children, and what you
owe your parents, family, and friends.
You learn to open up to new worlds and different points of view.
And you begin reassessing and redefining who you are and what you
really stand for.
You learn the difference between wanting and needing and you begin
to discard the doctrines and values you've outgrown, or should never
have bought into to begin with ... and in the process you learn
to go with your instincts.
You learn that it is truly in giving that we receive.
And that there is power and glory in creating and contributing and
you stop maneuvering through life merely as a "consumer"
looking for your next fix.
You learn that principles such as honesty and integrity are not
the outdated ideals of a bygone era but the mortar that holds together
the foundation upon which you must build a life.
You learn that you don't know everything, it's not your job to save
the world and that you can't teach a pig to sing. You learn to distinguish
between guilt and responsibility and the importance of setting boundaries
and learning to say NO. You learn that the only cross to bear is
the one you choose to carry and that martyrs get burned at the stake.
Then you learn about love.
How to love, how much to give in love, when to stop giving and when
to walk away.
You learn to look at relationships as they really are and not as
you would have them be.
You stop trying to control people, situations and outcomes.
And you learn that alone does not mean lonely.
You also stop working so hard at putting your feelings aside, smoothing
things over and ignoring your needs.
You learn that feelings of entitlement are perfectly OK...and that
it is your right to want things and to ask for the things you want
... and that sometimes it is necessary to make demands. You come
to the realization that you deserve to be treated with love, kindness,
sensitivity and respect and you won't settle for less.
And you learn that your body really is your temple.
And you begin to care for it and treat it with respect.
You begin to eat a balanced diet, drink more water, and take more
time to exercise.
You learn that being tired fuels doubt, fear, and uncertainty and
so you take more time to rest.
And, just as food fuels the body, laughter fuels our soul.
So you take more time to laugh and to play.
You learn that, for the most part, you get in life what you believe
you deserve...and that much of life truly is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
You learn that anything worth achieving is worth working for and
that wishing for something to happen is different than working toward
making it happen.
More importantly, you learn that in order to achieve success you
need direction, discipline and perseverance.
You also learn that no one can do it all alone...and that it's OK
to risk asking for help.
You learn the only thing you must truly fear is the greatest robber
baron of all: FEAR itself.
You learn to step right into and through your fears because you
know that whatever happens you can handle it and to give in to fear
is to give away the right to live life on your own terms.
And you learn to fight for your life and not to squander it living
under a cloud of impending doom.
You learn that life isn't always fair, you don't always get what
you think you deserve and that sometimes bad things happen to unsuspecting,
On these occasions you learn not to personalize things.
You learn that God isn't punishing you or failing to answer your
It's just life happening.
And you learn to deal with evil in its most primal state - the ego.
You learn that negative feelings such as anger, envy and resentment
must be understood and redirected or they will suffocate the life
out of you and poison the universe that surrounds you.
You learn to admit when you are wrong and to build bridges instead
You learn to be thankful and to take comfort in many of the simple
things we take for granted, things that millions of people upon
the earth can only dream about: a full refrigerator, clean running
water, a soft warm bed, a long hot shower.
Slowly, you begin to take responsibility for yourself by yourself
and you make yourself a promise to never betray yourself and to
never, ever settle for less than your heart's desire.
And you hang a wind chime outside your window so you can listen
to the wind.
And you make it a point to keep smiling, to keep trusting, and to
stay open to every wonderful possibility.
Finally, with courage in your heart and God by your side you take
a stand, you take a deep breath, and you begin to design the life
you want to live as best you can.