"God...what am I going to do? I don't think I can write. It's all I really want to do, and it's the one thing I don't have time for. The kids, the job, the dog, the house...my life is too hectic and too busy for me to write!"
His reply? "You are living exactly the life you were meant to live to inspire exactly the words I need you to write."
Is something getting in the way of the thing you feel most passionate about? Consider that maybe that particular stumbling block is there for a reason. Perhaps that obstacle will become the motivation you need to drive you to push through and reach your goal. The lessons you learn as you go through - or grow through - the challenge are the skills you'll be using when you make it to that next level. Maybe your triumph is the story we all need to hear.
I'm not saying it's easy. It's not. I'd rather be in bed right now, sleeping soundly like every other living thing in my house (including the pets who are most definitely NOT allowed on the furniture, yet snore loudly next to me on the couch). There's a part of me that wishes I could just go to work and take care of my family and feel in my core that those things are enough. And they are valid, important, worthy things. But inside this heart there is a drive to do more. To create something new, something beautiful, something meaningful. To write words that touch the hearts and souls of other human beings - to forge connection in this expanse of universe where, amongst the billions, some of us feel small and alone.
So I will not believe the lie that I don't have time to write. I will not believe the other lies either (the ones we don't really talk about, but most of us hear on a daily basis. lies like "you're not good enough. no one cares. you're wasting your time. you will never reach that goal. just quit.") I have no time for lies. Instead I will believe these words - "You are living exactly the life you were meant to live, to inspire exactly the words I need you to write." That's all I have time for. It's all I need to hear, all I need to believe.
What about you? What lies have you been believing? What's the one truth you need to believe instead - the one thing that would keep you moving forward and pushing through? Can I offer you some truths? Pick one and write it down. Put it where you can see it every day. Memorize it and repeat it to yourself 400 times a day if necessary. Then, when those lies start swirling in your head again, you'll recognize them for what they are, and you'll break through with your truth. Truth like,
I am smart.
I am creative.
I am capable.
I am kind.
I am open-minded.
I am healed.
I am loved.
I am free.
I am hopeful.
I am growing. I am learning.
I am making progress.
I am joyful.
I am blessed.
I am grateful.
And, get ready for a big one...
I am exceptional.
Which one speaks to you the loudest? Let me know in the comments, would you?