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Today's topic was inspired by a phone call with a friend. Thank God for friends who are life savers! As I am going through multiple challenges right now, big changes, she mentioned the rising of the phoenix.
The phoenix stems from Greek mythology and portrays a bird that regenerates or is otherwise born again. You have all heard the phrase: 'Like a phoenix, rising from the ashes."
The longer I am on this earth, and the more I talk to people, the more I realize we all have ashes. We all have experienced something that "died" in our lives. A job, a dream, a relationship, a business. Big or small, we all have experienced something like that. Maybe even multiple times. The fact is, you are still here. You are still breathing. You are still living and dreaming and working towards your goals.
You are indeed a phoenix rising from the ashes.
My friend mentioned that to me; that I am like a phoenix rising from the ashes. As much as I love that encouragement and analogy, the first thing that came out of my mouth was, " I feel more like a turtle sticking it's head out asking, 'Is it safe?'" We had a good laugh at that. Don't you sometimes feel the same? Like you just have enough energy to do one step? And one step only? Or just enough energy to poke your head out? That's okay, too. No one is forcing anything on you. You move forward with the speed that is right for you.
Some people do a New Year's ritual where they physically leave behind something from the old year. They write it down and burn the paper, for example. You can do that throughout the year, too. As always, journaling, writing things down helps tremendously.
At this moment, what is one thing you want to let go of? What is one thing you need to let go of?
Big or small. Is it something you said? Something someone else said? Something you did or didn't do? Something someone else did or didn't do? Do you want to release a feeling? How about an expectation?
Is there an experience, an old belief, a memory?
Something for sure came to mind. Sit with yourself for a while and write it all out. It's time to release it.
When you let it go, make sure you replace it with something.
If you have identified the ashes, the thing you want to let go, then what is the result you wish for?
What is the phoenix?
Who is the phoenix?
What does she believe?
What does she feel?
What is her core?
What is her intention?
What is her vision?
We all have things in our lives that were hurtful and "burned' us. Believe me, even the women who seem like they have it all together experience this.
The question is, are you holding on to the pain? Or are you ready to take the lesson and let it go.
This is not a magic "Three steps to a better life" scenario. Honestly, it takes work, and lots of time; over and over again. And when you think you have mastered it, boom, here is another scenario and you are right back in the old familiar pain. Been there? Stay the course dear friend. Keep going. Keep sticking your head out. Keep rising.
Your affirmation for this week:
I am letting go and I am rising to new heights.