Change often happens when really 2 things occur.
1.) Something happens in life that forces us to change or,
2.) We learn a new idea or a new learning comes along.
So, let’s tackle the first one, when something happens in life that forces us to change. Usually, these type of forced changes can feel like a blunt blow or an universal smack across the head. Sometimes it can masquerade as an illusion our life is literally falling apart. However, every now and then, maybe our life needs to fall apart to make space for something new. Maybe we need that person, that job, that bad habit, that lifestyle to fall away so that we can start paving a new path. It can be heartbreaking, sad, mysterious, confusing, maddening and paralyzing, yes all at the same time.
What if you can entertain the idea that there is a bigger plan in place for you. Regardless of your beliefs, what if the universe or God or whatever you want to call it does conspire in your favor? I’m going to call this universe for the sake of this post. So, what if the universe noticed you were playing too small in life. What if you are dimming your own light with the illusion of fear. What if you were meant to drive down a different path so that you could change the world in a bigger way, have those incredible experiences or meet the love of your life?
In my experience, every heartbreak, setback, paralyzing event in my life has either set me on a new & more amazing path or it’s helped shaped the person I am today. Experienced of all kinds give us a richer history and deeper context in life. With each heartbreak, I have gained a deeper level of compassion for others. With each set back, I’m reminded to check in with my ego & opportunity to reevaluate my priorities. Now, I have to honest, it’s not always quick, it’s not always obvious & good god, it can take years sometimes to figure this out.
So, for me, its about trusting in the process, trusting in the knowledge that it always works itself out. However, don’t be fooled in just sitting back and letting things just “work themselves out”, you may have to take some action, do some clean up & ultimately do the work.
Next, change happens when we learn a new idea or a new learning comes along. This one can come in all forms. We learn a new approach in life, we learn our health is failing unless we take massive action, we learn a significant other isn’t being honest or we learn a better way to expand our life. Now, ideally you are setting yourself up to be exposed to new ideas and not just sitting back waiting on new learnings to fall in your lap. Which, they will if you wait long enough. However, these aren’t the new learning I want to focus on. I’m a learner and I absolutely love discovering new ideas & exposing myself to different cultures, lifestyles and overall experiences. It’s personal development and honestly if you aren’t setting aside time for personal development, how can you possibly grow, expand and evolve in life? This is the ultimate experience in life. It makes life fun, it makes you fun, more interested & interesting. If you find yourself feeling uninspired in life, take on a new learning of some type. This is the ultimate avenue to inspiration.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
― Dr. Seuss,