After a season of stress and personal loss, I can totally understand and respect my friends desire: "I feel like its time to reinvent myself. It's time to do things differently."
His comment has been on my mind ever since he said it. I can relate. After a season of self-loss, sometimes we simply must "go Popeye." "That's all I can stands, cause I cantst stands no more!" No more being someone I'm not to please someone else! No more letting this job that's not me become me! No more treating my body like it doesn't exist! It time for better health.. better fun... better relationships..better work!
As I've thought about my friend's comments, I've come to believe it's not about "reinventing me." It's more of "rediscovering me." Rediscover the truest me in me... that me I gave away or the me that was taken away... (though I must still bear responsibility.) A season of rediscovering me involves getting back to what I love, what I'm passionate about, what's important to me and what I was born to do.
The moth contained the DNA of the butterfly, but until he cocooned, the transformation to the best him (her?) was only "someday potential." Until you decide to let emerge the full expression of the best you, that best you may become corrupted by self-serving others, life's stress and pressures, or your own fears. Until you "go Popeye!"
Is this a spiritual journey? YES! A few hundred years ago, Dutch theologian Soren Kierkegaard put it this way, "Now with God's help, I shall become myself."
This may be your time to emerge - or reemerge! Some thoughts to think about or journal through...
What does that real you look like?
What does that real you love?
What's stopping the real you?
What will you do about it?
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