Have you ever noticed that sudden glow that comes over you when you stand firm in a decision made, following your instincts? When it happens, you feel a strong sense of assurance and joy in your spirit, and in those first few seconds, you feel the most confident that everything is well with the world in you. That is the glimpse into pure Happiness. Did you know that that feeling can be prolonged, indefinitely? It's true...
Usually, when I have my moments of revelation - epiphanies, if you will - I go on this extensive tangent of ideas and proposals to shift my inner world, as a means of ensuring that the feeling produced doesn't fade. Lately, I have been understanding the root causes of those revelations, as opposed to riding the by-product. What I mean is that when I realized that those feelings come from decisions made out of Love, and not Fear, I started relying more on my instincts and less on the curse of "What If." O' how much simpler Life has become.
In My experience, when a decision made was influenced by a series of "what if..." questions, it mostly turned out affecting me in a way that made me wonder what the opposite of that decision could have brought my way. I was afraid that those "what if's" would manifest and create a stir in my ambitious flow. Yet, I ended up feeling dull about the whole ordeal. Case in point: some years ago, I was planning a trip to Jamaica with a group of friends. All of the plans were laid out and all that was left to do was to pay up. One by one, the majority of the group backed out - for varying reasons - and I ended up cancelling the trip altogether, because I was convinced that it wouldn't work any other way. To this day, I wonder what would have happened if I decided to go solo. Nowadays, when I plan a trip, I still invite friend and family, but I also have alternative plans ready, in case I have to go it alone. Out of the Love of traveling, instead of the fear of "what if people back out again...," there is little to no space for wondering what would happen, otherwise. Then, I end up experiencing more of those glowing moments; either out of the memory of a decision well-made, or within the very moments of making those decisions.
I Say all this to implore everyone to come from a loving place, when living. Life is so much sweeter when we let go of the burdens of perpetuating the status quo.. Others may sometimes look at you with the confused, twisted expression, but that's alright, they'll find their glowing moment of release. If not, it's still not your problem. Life goes on, yes? Of course it does! Live in Love! Until soon...
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Donnell E. Smith