Yesterday, an inspiring friend of mine, Toni McFadden, gave a talk about perspective. Her words swirled my head until well into the late-night when exhaustion finally claimed me.
This morning I woke up, made my tea, and read my devotional. Then I began my second journey with “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron. “The Artist’s Way” is a 12 week “Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity” that involves weekly objectives and lessons. When I did this for the first time last year, it made me realize for the first time in my life that I was an Artist. My mind was blown.
I have never thought of myself as an artist before. I came to understand that by stifling my creativity, I was depriving myself of my innate call to create. That thought spurred me into action with my writing at a very different level than I had moved before. It had always been what I was passionate about, but I never saw it as a life path. Until last year.
Fast forward to today when I opened “The Artist’s Way” again. I’ve been feeling some writer’s block and thought this would help me move past it. I began reading from the beginning, as though I had not completed the book last year. I got stuck on this sentence, “synchronicity: we change and the universe furthers and expands that change.” (Cameron, 2016, p.2) Wasn’t that strikingly similar to Toni’s talk on Perspective? I sat back for a moment, then re-read that sentence.
As the country seems to be plagued with negativity and violence, I have been caught up in it. I’ve been focused on the, “what if’s?”, and the “what happens?”. I’ve allowed the fear and anxiety of others to taint my peace. I do not say that fear and anxiety are not justified, they certainly are. However, I know who I live this life for. While I’ve been swept up in the negative, I’ve forgotten to turn my eyes to Him. I forgot to talk about perspective, my journey for synchronicity.
As I speak to friends, I find that many of us are in that situation. We’ve turned the focus to something that should only be acknowledged. We should know what is going on. We should have an opinion on it, hopefully, a nonviolent opinion. Should it be ruling our lives though? I think not. Years ago when my first husband left me I remember getting this piece of advice, “If you make things fearful for your children, they will learn fear. If you make things ok for your children, they will learn to be ok.” You have to embody that which you long to teach.
In my home, I long to teach love. I long to teach about God and the greatness that a life serving Him is. I do not fully understand that message yet, as I only truly discovered it a few years ago. Though I always went through the motions, I was not fully there yet. It’s my quest, and it is continually evolving. In that quest, I celebrate the wins, and I dare to understand the stumbles. These past few months have been a stumble. I think it’s been a stumble for many people.
Today I urge to seek perspective. Seek out your synchronicity. You possess the power to change! We’ve seen that quote, “To the world, you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.”- Dr. Suess. Often, people read that and do not swallow it. So take a minute, go back and read that again. You are the WORLD to someone, I would venture to guess it is more than one someone though you may not know it. That is a tremendous thing!
Having that magnanimous place in someone’s life, what will you teach? Will you teach fear, anxiety, worry? Or will you teach the ability to have peace in fearful times? The ability to understand anxiety, while practicing strength amidst it? Will you be afraid and teach acknowledging it and walking through it with courage and grace? Living this is synchronicity. The ability to see that it is needed is perspective.
Perspective is different for each and every one of us. Let’s talk about perspective. For some, it’s a spiritual call. For others, it’s looking a bad relationship in the face and coming to terms with your crossroads. Whatever your journey may be, wherever your perspective is needed, I wish you peace in it. I wish that inner peace will calm and strengthen you as you embark on this path. I pray for you that your path will be filled with enlightenment and support. And most of all I congratulate you on taking the steps toward your new perspective.
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