What My Soul Told Me Today
A year ago, I never would have written a blog with this title!
But during pregnancy and the little dude’s early months (ok, right now as well) things have been tough. I’ve been really challenged, gone through a lot of changes, and am now – finally – doing some work on myself to get me to a place that’s happier and more aligned with what my soul wants.
Sounds too woo-woo?
Think of it like Paolo Coelho says in The Alchemist; when you follow your right path,
“all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
“You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say.”
I’ve spent a long time ignoring what my heart has to say, embarking on a path that was “successful” (depending how you measure success, I suppose) but I certainly wasn’t happy. And the saddest thing? I knew I wasn’t going to be happy on this path right from the start. Let me tell you a little story…
I got a grad job at Deloitte, working in Corporate Reorganisation (insolvencies, administrations, bankruptcies. Yep, depressing at the best of times). I hated everything about it – the people I worked with, the feeling of being trapped in a cubicle, the work I had to do… I called my work ‘sifting’. I’d have to take all the files from a case, look through it to see what I thought was important, photocopy those important pages and then make up a summary file.
After two weeks, it was obvious this wasn’t the place for me, but I pushed on. After 6 months I told a friend I hated it. After 12 months I told her I hated it again, only this time I said I wanted to get hit by a bus on the way to work, and not die, but get really badly injured so I didn’t have to go to work anymore. That’s when she gave me the excellent counsel that it was time to get out. So I did, but I stuck on the corporate path and climbed that old ladder.
So even though I knew right back at the beginning that this path wasn’t going to make me happy, and these people weren’t going to make me shine or bring out the best in me, I pushed on. I pushed that little voice inside me down, and kept on swimming against my own current.
Well, I can’t do that anymore. It’s taken the biggest period of personal growth I’ve ever gone through to realise it’s time to listen to that voice, and make choices that make me happy.
I’ve been working recently with Samantha Nolan-Smith who I heart heart heart! She is taking me through her Soul Sessions, to learn to listen more to my intuition and find my flow.
The Everyday Adventure is all about spreading joy and connection. It’s going to me you and me happy and it’s my heart that’s going to make that happen. This is important work, people!
So Sam has spent some time unravelling me, and asked my heart some questions today. This is what came out:
There are lots of ways to let your light shine.
So there is no need to follow a path that isn’t going to make me happy, just because I can be successful at it. My light, my joy, is the best thing about me, so finding many ways to let that out and spread it around to everyone has to be my biggest goal.
Only when you’re happy yourself can you spread happiness to others.
My uncle used to say this as well. He thought the purpose of life was to be happy, as once you’re happy then you can spread that good cheer around you. But miserable people spread misery. I touched on this subject recently http://theeverydayadventure.com/put-on-your-own-oxygen-mask-first/ when I talked about filling your own well before you can provide for others.
Don’t let those old cobwebs dim your light.
We all have beliefs about ourselves. I have ideas about who I am meant to be, what success looks like in my life and where my abilities lie. But they don’t serve me any longer. To follow a new path completely, I have to let go of those old beliefs and build new ones. What about you? Do you have beliefs about yourself that you need to let go of?
You are not alone.
And neither are you. If you let your light shine out into the world people will try to let it warm them. So spread your light, connect, and let the joy around you grow.
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