Want a life changing gift?

photo (1)I received a life changing gift in a beautifully wrapped box. It was purple wrapping paper with a large pink bow on top. The card simply said, “Enjoy the journey!!” I could not imagine what was inside the box, full of excitement and anticipation I opened it. Inside the beautiful box was yet another beautiful smaller box. I took the smaller box out of the first box. The card on this box said, “Do not open until you have completed a thorough and honest search of your inner self.” What? What kind of person sends a crazy gift like this? Actually, someone who is much wiser than myself. I started my inner search. This took quite some time. I didn’t even know how to do an inner search. I had to research how to do this before I ever started. Needless to say, it took some time to get back to opening my present. Once I completed this step, I went back and opened my present. Guess what was inside the box? If you guessed another little box you are correct.

The card on the next box said, “Do not open until you learn to face your fears.” Having done my inner search, I was now very aware of what my fears were. I did learn to face my fears. It’s not that all my fears went away, I just learned to face them and do what I feared while being afraid. Yay!! I got to open the box.

Inside that box was another box. The card on that box said, “Do not open until you learn to walk in others shoes.” What does that mean? I stewed on that for a bit. I discovered this meant to be compassionate for others. Be kind to them no matter where they are in their life walk. Be considerate and respectful to all. Now I get to open the next box.

As I opened the last box, guess what I discovered? My true self. I was given the gift of self-discovery, the courage to face my fears, and to love others where they are. This was my true self. I didn’t have to live a life I felt others wanted me to be. I now get to live an authentic life and love those around me the way we are created to love. What an amazing gift!!

You have this same gift sitting in front of you every day. Are you going to decide to open it? You will love what you find in that last little box. Choose to Invite Excellence into your Life today. Go open your gifts.

Dare to be yourself.

I haven’t always been comfortable with who I was. I was certainly not comfortable in my own skin. I would see others and be envious of who they were or what they had. I wanted to keep up with the Jones’ so to say. I wanted to brag about things I had or did. It made me feel like somebody important when others envied me for a change.

Little did I know that being comfortable with myself had anything to do with things. It has to do with looking inside and figuring out why I think the way I do. I had to find what I was lacking as a person. I lived with a lot of insecurities for a long time. I believe it had to do with my childhood and being around kids that belittled others as sport. I always wanted to fit in and would follow the crowd to do so.

I have come a long way, but still struggle with these things at time. I like who I have become and have found that being the real you is much better than pretending to be someone else just to fit in. I love who God has created me to be. I found my true self when I allowed God to teach me to forgive myself and others. I am not perfect, nor will I ever be, but I will try everyday to be the best me that I can. I want to be honest with myself for the first time in my life. I don’t want to live in fear anymore and hide behind what I think others want me to be.

Are you being your true self? Are you living the life you want to live? Decide today to forgive yourself and others, love yourself and others, and be all that God created you to be. You owe yourself that.