Signs & Symbols: Honoring What You Love

I've spent the week reading the wonderful stories and examples of how people are paying attention to the signs, symbols, and experiences that reawaken their passions. The stories are varied and provide great inspiration for paying attention to what shows up in your life every day!

One reader realized that her passion for watching Elvis Presley movies was a sign that she needed to sing and dance a lot more often. Another could now see that a love of National Geographic Magazines reflected a hunger to be in the beauty of nature on a regular basis. One woman admitted that she feels terrific after cleaning out her car and that she loves creating order and cleanliness (I suggested she open her own auto detailing shop!). Here are a few others:

  • A commercial for helping injured dogs sparks a need to do something more concrete to support the care of animals.
  • Watching the movie "A Little Romance," inspires a trip to Paris to fulfill a childhood dream (and who knows where that will lead!).
  • A reoccurring dream of running a wellness center challenges one woman to honor her love of teaching healthy eating habits to kids.
  • Beautiful earrings found at a craft fair reawakens a love of architecture and a passion for the energy of space.

As I read through these wonderful emails, I find myself thinking, "We are such unique, creative beings who long to express our hidden desires, so what gets in the way?"

Okay, I know that many of us feel like there's not enough time, we can't afford to quit our day jobs, or that we're missing vital training or experience. But, I think it's something else...

1. Forgetfulness. We get lulled into a comfortably numb place by the busyness of our lives and forget what matters to our soul. Instead, we need to *remember* to keep our eyes and ears open
for clues.

2. Not enough space. Yes, most of us do lead busy lives, myself included, but ask yourself: "What small thing might you let go of that would create a little space in your life to pursue the desire that tugs at your heart?" I say "small" because too often we imagine having to make a huge life change to accommodate this need. Anything big feels scary -- and undoable. So, make it
small. Easy. Doable. Where might you find a little space to breathe life into your passion?

3. Lack of faith. What if I told you that there was a Force greater than any fear you possess that will open doors and windows that lead you to do what your soul longs to do? Well, there is, but you'll need to take action to ignite this Force and operate on faith until you see the evidence of its presence.

All it takes is one little step to get started. If you love animals, visit a local shelter and volunteer for one hour. If dancing is what makes your heart soar, make a CD (today!) of your favorite ten songs
and find a place to let your body move. If you love the energy of space or the beauty of architecture, buy a magazine this afternoon and read it cover to cover! Just get started...

Finally, while our community is largely made up of women, we have many wonderful men who also follow along. I received the following email from Dan and wanted to share his story with you. It echoed what many of you shared in your emails -- a realization that upgrading your wardrobe was important to your soul.

"My name is Dan. I loved your story about the hat that awoken your inner 18-year-old. I thought that your story was very unique for me. It struck a chord. In the two weeks prior to reading your
story, I had gone shopping for new clothing and accessories. I had decided that I was going to make myself happy. I had been wanting a new wardrobe. I bought some shoes and some shirts that I really wanted. On the way home, I stopped at a local Mongolian Barbecue restaurant. I got out of my car and started toward the door and stopped myself. What was I doing?? I returned to my car, got out my favorite new shirt and shoes, and changed them in the car. I went inside and it felt super to look and feel great! The only thing that would have made this experience better would have been to have had a special someone with me. That wasn't in the cards that day, but I will say, the moment was priceless for me. Alone or not. Thank you again for sharing."

Bravo to Dan for taking one small step... will you follow his lead this week?

Take Action Challenge

One thing. That's all it takes to keep your passion alive. What one thing will you do this week to make your soul happy?

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Cheryl Richardson

Cheryl Richardson is the author of The New York Times bestselling books, Take Time for Your Life, Life Makeovers, Stand Up for Your Life, The Unmistakable Touch of Grace and her new book The Art of Extreme Self Care. She was the first president of the International Coach Federation and holds one of their first Master Certified Coach credentials.

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