Last night, I listened to a young man speak about dreams and the self-imposed barricades that keep us from our dreams. I loved it. He is young, just beginning the journey of defining his life – and he spoke with heartfelt passion.
His words resonated with me. It was a huge step for me to begin this blog. I had a barricade that needed to be taken down. I knew I had to somehow push words out of my introverted soul. It was daunting and terrifying. But I have enjoyed this new-found expression of my voice – and at times I have been surprised by the words that have appeared before me.
I have a friend, who trusted me enough to read me words from her journal one evening. I encouraged her to be courageous and share her words with the world. Maybe I was cheering her on to do something I was fearful of doing myself. But I DID believe in her, and her words – and she trusted me. So she forged ahead! I bounce up and down with excitement when I hear how her words are reaching out – EXPANDING – and touching more lives than she ever thought possible. Tandy – you ROCK! She pushed past barricades – and is enjoying the fullness of living ON PURPOSE.
The words I write are not the same as what my friend pens. My words reflect a different purpose and path – but I share the same JOY with my friend. It is the joy of stepping out of my comfort zone and taking a chance. When I began writing – I was afraid. But I kept hearing “take the step – just take the step….” It was like stepping off a cliff!
I think our hearts know the path we should take in our lives. I believe my heart has always held the truth. But I have erected barricades to keep me safe. I have viewed previous failures as proof of my inadequacy rather than opportunities to learn. I have listened to my fears about the risk of failing. I acquiesced to the voice whispering, “what will people think?”
The barricades I placed in my life have kept my heart imprisoned. To follow my dreams and my purpose, has meant – and CONTINUES to mean – taking risks, being vulnerable, and being open to unexpected new directions. In the past I would have said it meant being willing to accept failure. But really, what is failure? Maybe it is just an opportunity to do something different. I used to believe that success was the absence of failure. But I have changed my perception.
For me, success is pushing through the barricades. It is being committed to an ongoing pursuit of dreams. It is letting my heart express its purpose – and touching hearts along the way. Success is being committed to THE PROCESS – taking another step!
I am in a time of transition in my many areas of my life. At one point – not so long ago – the thought of “the next step” would have filled me with paralyzing dread. But I am learning to embrace the rush, and the uncertain tremble inside. The next step is calling – woohoo! Here I go!
As for my friend who inspires me so …. here is a link to her blog timewithtandy.com