Beginning in our younger years, and reinforced time and time again, we have been encouraged to reach for the stars and to follow our dreams, yet so few of us actually voyage through such a beautiful, satisfying, and difficult journey to its end.
It is the journey of finding our soul's desire, recognizing and following signs along the way, while listening only to the songs and the harmony of what our hearts sing. It is allowing our souls to find their way back to where they belong. to a place where we can exhale and
rest in peace once our time here has come to an end. We allow guilt to overcome, fear to overwhelm, time to discourage, and we give permission to our daily routines and current circumstances to imprison our own fate. We deny ourselves from reaching our own destinies and from the true happiness that we all deserve.We learn many lessons throughout our lives. Some of these lessons may interfere, challenge, or overcome
other, more important lessons. We have been told that focusing on ourselves, our own needs, and our own desires can be an act of selfishness. We've learned that pleasing and thinking of others before ourselves is an act of heroism. Perhaps we feel that following our own hearts and dreams, doing what we love to do, and aiming for such pleasures is being selfish, but it's not. Perhaps we feel ashamed for climbing the ladder of success when it demands change and possibly a
level of discomfort for those we love the most who travel this journey
along with us, but we shouldn't. And perhaps we feel we are to blame
because with each step, each reach, we must leave something or even
someone behind, but we aren't.
While letting go of guilt and giving ourselves permission to follow our hearts, we have to also be aware that fear dictates our every move. The fear of failure may be universal, but so is the fact that if we do not try, we are giving
ourselves a life
In a world where instant gratification
is becoming more and more rampant, the issue of time itself can become
a discouraging factor when imagining how long our journeys may take.
Each dream and journey could take years, even a complete lifetime to
obtain and travel to. Time is essential to the process as there are
necessary experiences that we will need to endure and valuable lessons
that we will have to extract in order to reach our destination. Do not
allow the uncontrollable to discourage you. Just as a mother cannot
rush the birth of her miracle until it has gone through each of its
necessary stages, we must let our days unfold and go through each of
their own stages. If we
hold our own miracles.
What is in front of us today may
actually be our hearts most dangerous keeper... a master in disguise,
concealing the truth while imprisoning us within an easy dwelling and
comforting zone. Although our prison cells are made up of nothing more
than a layer of haze placed before our eyes only, for all of our other
senses know, we remain motionless as if surrounded by an indestructible
barricade. The circumstances we live in and our daily routines hinder
our dreams from moving forward and prevent our desires from taking
action without even being aware of it. We sometimes confuse an eventful
life with a fulfilled one. We allow our days to interfere with our
destinies by focusing most or all of our emotions and actions on
insignificant and irrelevant matters. We are all born with dreams and
desires and have places we want to go. Do not let the longing to find a
place where you can stop and rest cause you to settle down short of
your destination. Extract your lessons and continue on with your
We need to step away from the world we
live in from time to time, sit in silence, and hear what our hearts and
souls are whispering within us. We need to remove ourselves from the
everyday sameness and think about where it is that we want to go. We
need to follow our hearts by closing our eyes and becoming aware of our
inner surroundings. We all have an imaginary sanctuary that we travel
to when we close our eyes to rest at night or when the world we live in
is not in harmony with whom we really are or who we really need to be.
Why not close your eyes, visit that place as often as you can, and
listen to each and every whisper. so that one day. when you do open
your eyes, you will know exactly where to go and how to get there. Then
you, your mind, your heart, and your soul can finally all rest as one.
Go now, sit back in silence, and listen to the whispers within.
By Michelle C. Ustaszeski
Michelle C. Ustaszeski is a writer
and photographer of inspirational and motivational art. She believes
that if you can prematurely feel the emotions of your desired outcome,
simply a matter of time.
In 1998, Michelle created Sam-n-Nick's Inspirations, named after her two children, and located at soulfuel.com when she combined her love of writing
together with the digital camera. Sam-n-Nick's Inspirations produces
and sells scenic and enlightening framed art, bookmarkers, stationary,
music, books, candles, bath products and other comforting gifts to warm
the hearts and souls of her customers through private home parties.