In these final few weeks of 2021, take some time to sit with yourself and just be.
Settle your heart and accept all that has been and
Renew your hope for all that could be.
Seek wisdom and listen to wise counsel; then trust yourself and that muse in your soul.
Some dreams are so big and some callings so powerful that you’ll be paving the way into unfamiliar territory; so of course everyone won’t understand.
Trust the seed that God has placed in your heart.
Drown out your fears and ignore naysayers’ worries.
Believe that even in a pandemic you can deliver something amazing.
Envision the future you desire, and even as you keep climbing, start living in expectation.
You’ve got this. Trust yourself. Get ready to receive.
Our two greatest opportunities in this life are to love unconditionally and to discover our purpose.
In discovering how we’re meant to move through the world with our gifts and talents, we also discover how we’re meant to serve; and embracing this revelation is also an act of love.
So live, love and laugh. Look within and keep stretching past your comfort zone. Be a reflection of what you want to add to the world and what you want to receive in return.
I am all about practicing self-care and being as gentle as we can with ourselves during this pandemic; but make no mistake – it’s just as important to honor our life’s calling day to day, so that when we’re on the other side of this darkness, we’ll appreciate both how we’ve grown and the tangible wins from having done our part to build a bridge for others.
Not sure what your purpose or calling may be? Sit with yourself and ask what truly brings you contentment or leaves you full.
Intentionally nurturing your kids or others? Leading from behind or having a seat at the table? Making people laugh?
Praying for and with someone? Baking to fill stomachs or to show others that they’re loved? Supporting someone’s dream in an administrative (wind beneath the wings) role?
Being a good listener or hand-holder? Standing up for the voiceless? Creating safe spaces for others to be themselves? Giving hope to those who have lost their way?
The list could go on and on, and your manner of execution could be simple or sophisticated. What matters is that you “do you” – which becomes an act of love to yourself that also graces the world, with powerful ripple effects that may extend far beyond your sphere, even unto future generations.
–Stacy Hawkins Adams