PASSION IS PURPOSE

What does it mean to live our purpose? What do we need in order to find our passion and accomplish our goals? Where do we find the strength to move forward? When we talk about these things there is a feeling we get inside of us that makes us excited and want to know more. We think, yes, tell me what it is so I can get it and know what to do. But, the problem is, that we have to find it on our own. Nobody can tell us what our purpose is or how to find it. It is up to each person to find their own path to their passion. It’s not as hard as we think, though. Its about connecting, connecting to our inner self that knows what makes us want to fight for what we believe in. Taking the time to quietly sit with ourselves and tap into our core and feel the fire of what is burning inside of us, that needs to get out. That’s what passion is. The only way we will have the strength to fight for what we want, is to live passionately.

I know that when we talk about passion we get excited and then when we’re told we have to find it on our own we get let down, but, here’s the thing, all we need to do is to take action. Not just any action, but, inspired action. Start searching, that’s how we can find out what it is we are passionate about. Just do something and even if we fail, that’s success, because we have found out what is not our purpose and we can move on to the next thing. Don’t give up, these days we have no excuse for not doing what we need to do to find our purpose, with the internet we can find out about anything, we can explore all our options, before we even take one solid action, we can take a step. Once we find our passion, then we can set our goals and tap into our inner strength and every day we can acquire the knowledge we need to achieve those goals. Setting ourselves up for success, is to tap into the true essence of our self and be a person who lives their purpose. We can do this by awakening the warrior within, its not about waring ourselves out driving towards that goal, so focused on it that we lose track of what we’re trying to accomplish, its about connecting to our purpose and tapping into that thing inside of us that we know, that we know, that we know, we are supposed to do. Once we understand where that passion comes from, research it and take action, it will take on a life of its own and lead us to where we need to go. Its not a head thing, its a heart thing.

Can we live our purpose and create the life we want without being a warrior? NO! Being a warrior means standing up for what we believe in. Its what gives us the strength we need to move forward, taking the steps necessary to accomplish any goal we set for ourselves and gives us the excitement and the enthusiasm to carry it out regardless of the obstacles that get in the way. One of the biggest obstacles we face is ourselves. We are the ones who will talk ourselves out of living our passion. We are the ones who tell ourselves we’re not good enough, we don’t drive a nice enough car, we’re not pretty enough, we’re not smart enough or we don’t have enough money. We go on and on telling ourselves how we are NOT going to accomplish our dreams. But, these are the obstacles that we can overcome if we just believe in ourselves and take the steps necessary to move forward, then, things have a way of working themselves out. I have never heard anyone who was successful that said they never had an obstacle to overcome. I am a writer, I love to write and regardless of what others tell me, I will write. In doing research on writing, I have found so many stories of rejection. Everyone who writes has been rejected by publishers, by the press, by other people’s opinions or by their own self talk. Rejection is what we need to push us and let us know if what we are doing is what we are passionate about, because without rejection we would not know what success is. When we are rejected by others or even ourselves and we do it anyway, that’s passion, that’s our purpose!

We can accomplish anything we want, there are no limits, only the limits we set for ourselves. Its not about having our heads in the clouds, its about waking up everyday and connecting with our inner self. We must make some time for ourselves or we will not know what makes us happy, excited about life, joyfully enthusiastic and enlightened. Wake up earlier than everyone else in the house, sit quietly and hear the still small voice of God speak. What a special moment that is, a moment that everyone experiences differently. Each of us is an individual with unique talents and gifts and no one person is exactly like another. We can chose how we want to live by connecting to our purpose, connecting to our inner power, connecting to our inner peace and connecting to our inner discipline. We are not going to war against anyone or anything, we are engaging in something bigger than ourselves, we are creating and we are standing for something. It’s more about surrendering than warring, we need to surrender to our passion and our purpose, living a life that flows freely. We do not have to struggle against the current, if we are being true to ourselves we will flow with the current of life. To know our purpose, is to be willing to give up everything to follow our passion. That’s when we know we are doing what need to do, that is being true to our self, that’s how we overcome obstacles. When we are willing to give up everything, then we’re concerned about nothing, which frees us and allows us to create whatever we want.

Be brilliant, shine and glow, there is a light inside of us that will only shine when we are lit up from the inside. The fuel for that fire is passion, a passion that comes from being uniquely ourselves. No one thinks the same way, moves the same way or lives the same life, no matter how close we are to others, we are closer to ourselves. We spend more time getting to know other people than we do ourselves, we believe more in others more than we do ourselves, we encourage others more than we encourage ourselves and we engage more with others than we do with ourselves. Again I want to say, lets embrace our individual uniqueness, and then we’ll be able to embrace the uniqueness of others. While we are trying to get people to understand us, let’s start by understanding others. Dare to be different by accepting the difference in others. Instead of competing with each other we can stand in our own space, a space that is unique to who we are, and allow others to do the same. We can work with others, instead of against them. Keep in mind that nothing happens overnight, everything takes time, but, we will never get anywhere if we don’t start somewhere. Taking baby steps each day will bring us closer and closer to our goals. Stay in the Now of each moment and enjoy life right now, don’t continue to look to the future for someday. Someday is here and now, each moment of everyday is the tomorrow we create, so make it as pleasant as possible, then, one day we’ll look back on today and say, “Those were the days”.

WRITTEN BY: SINDY WILLIAMS

NO MORE FEAR

I am writing this blog post today from the heart. I just want to say how excited I am about the upcoming year. I feel it is going to be an exciting one. There is so much to look forward to. I am aware that the media wants to paint a year of chaos and destruction, but that is only because it good marketing. We are living in a fear based society that craves a good doom and gloom story. Why do we love fear? It is very obvious that most people love the feeling of being afraid or roller coasters and horror movies wouldn’t be so popular. But what makes us want to live in fear? I have heard thrill seekers say that it makes them feel alive and gets their adrenaline flowing.

I realize that there is such a thing as facing our fears. If we are afraid of something and do it we will find out that there was nothing to be afraid of in the first place. But, there is a difference between facing our fears and living in fear. There are those who live in constant fear of the unknown. It seems like every time we get past an “end of the world” date, someone makes up another, keeping us in constant fear. And the funny thing is we fall for it every time. It is as though we are looking at our demise as some kind of thriller movie. If the media and the people who are promoting and making money off of fear would spend the same amount of time and money on promoting love instead of fear, joy instead of sadness and peace instead of war we would have hope instead of fear.

I for one am going to stay out of the fear and stay in love. I refuse to let the media and the promoters of doom and gloom take away my hope. I pray for a world that will stop worrying, stop being afraid, and stop the chaos that is causing separation. I pray that we will come together as one consciousness and change the doom to hope, the gloom to light, and ultimately the fear to love. I pray that this year will bring us closer than we have ever been in the past, that we would see that our differences are what make us the same, and that we ultimately all want the same things in life, peace, love and happiness.

Happy New Year to you all,

Sindy Williams

Dove Chocolate Discoveries

It Christmas time! Oh how I love this time of year. For me this time of year is about dreaming a bigger dream, pursuing a bigger goal and setting a bigger intention. I do not go to the shopping malls or the the department stores this time of year. Any gift I give is from the heart and is hand made. But, I know that there are some people who make this time of year so hard on themselves. Most people have stressed out lives on a daily bases anyway, then add to it all the holiday stress and people lose their minds. But, that shouldn’t be what this time of year is about. This shouldn’t be the time of year that we dread or get stressed out about, it should be about dreams and visions for a better world. If we put the same energy that we put into buying presents, going to parties, worrying about long lines and sitting outside of stores at all hours of the night trying to get the best deal on this or that, if we put that same energy into birthing our dreams, what a wonderful world this would be. So, if we think of this time of year with the intention of dreams and visions for a better life and a better world, what would that look like? What is the meaning of having a dream?

Our dreams are visions that are given to us. They are what we jump out of bed every day to do with a smile on our faces. This is the time of year that we should actually be slowing down. This time of year is when we should be resetting our priorities and doing the things that bring more meaning to our lives. This is the time of year that we should be putting our families first by spending more time with them. This is the time of year when we deck the halls, string the popcorn, listen to Christmas carols, bake cookies and drink hot chocolate by the fireplace. This is the time of year that we dream bigger dreams for our lives, for our families and for our world. Our problem is that we have ignored the dreamer. We forget to include ourselves in the hustle and bustle of life. This time of year should be magical and bring forth the good inside each one of us. Why have we turned it into a hockey match where we are pushing and shoving each other for the latest gadget or toy? We have allowed the media and the department stores to dictate to us what is important and have lost sight of what is really important. What kind of legacy are we leaving for our children? What kind of example are we setting for them? Instead of going to the store at midnight on black Friday and knocking people over for stuff, why can’t we sit down at the dinner table with our family and write down our vision for the season. Why aren’t we pushing people out of the way to help others? Why are the shelves at the local food bank empty while we’re out buying useless stuff for people we don’t even like?

I heard a song with the lyrics, “You can ignore the dreamer, but you can’t deny the dream”. But, I think that is exactly what we are doing in our world today, we are ignoring the dreamers and denying our dreams. We have become brainwashed into thinking that we need things that we don’t, or if we don’t give the biggest and the best gift we are not worthy of love. What kind of world have we become that people have to be tasered to bring order to a department store on black Friday? Is this the kind of dreams we have for our society? We should be thinking of our dreams as living legacies. Something we feel good about everyday, not something we have to get. There should be more to our dreams than a wish list of the things we want. Our dreams should be about what we can do to make a better family, a better community, a better nation, a better world. This may seem like big dream, especially when we see the horror of what this season brings, but if we start with each one of us, one step at a time, it can be achieved.

What does it take to hold onto the vision of our dream? The first step is to take care of the dreamer inside of ourselves. Remembering that we are human “beings”, and that just being is good enough,we don’t have to do anything. Being our authentic self is enough. As our authentic selves we will take the actions necessary to birth our dream. Its only when we are in our egos that we get stagnant and do nothing or think that we have to do it all, today. Its our egos that tell us that we have to have the best or be the best or give the best. Our egos put up the barriers and road blocks that keep us from moving forward. The ego tells us that we are not good enough or big enough and brings up the fears inside us.

Underneath the chaos of the season we are fabulous people, living fabulous lives. Its when we stop thinking about ourselves and others, that we get stuck in stinkin’ thinkin’. Lets remember our power, because we tend to forget that we have what it takes inside of us to get us to where we believe we can be. To fill the gap between the dreamer and the dream we need to take inspired action and don’t forget to love the dreamer so we can support our dream.

My dream for this season and for seasons to come is that people will stop and think. Think about what is happening and take responsibility for our own actions. My dream is that people would remember that this season started as a season of love, peace on earth good will toward men. Not a knock down drag out fight to get the best deal on the latest thing. STOP THE MADNESS! We have to realize that the dream knows more than we do and that we are the servers of our dreams and we are the only ones who can bring it to reality. No matter how bad it looks on the outside, we can not give up, no matter how bleak the future may look now, if we believe in our dream for a better world, we will persevere.

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