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A Letter to My Slowly Debilitating Soul

In Letters, Personal, Reflection on November 12, 2014 at 22:46

Dear AJ,

This is a wake-up call—a message for those times you lose sight of the things that really matter and wander off because let’s face it, we all have gone again and again through the struggle of keeping ourselves on track—it’s awfully difficult as we all may know already and I don’t think that even a single soul had been successful enough to stay on it. By some means, eventually, we will find ourselves losing our balance, losing our grip, losing our control over our own lives. I want you to know that that is completely okay, perhaps normal even. However, when you fall back, keep in mind not to linger in this horrid state for too long. Actually no, do not stay there at all. Pick up your feet, dust yourself off, and keep moving forward. This is an attempt to electrocute your soul. Yes, that’s what this is—a slapping in the face of your slowly debilitating soul. So listen up.

Today is your day. It doesn’t matter where you are now, doesn’t matter what you are doing right now, doesn’t matter when is now. But I am telling you—today is your day—your day to become more than the person you are right at this instant. Remember that you have every bit of capacity to become more. Don’t settle for anything mediocre. The world has loads of mediocrity already and you are not bound to be one of them. God didn’t make you to be just okay—no. He made you to be undeniably beautiful.

A quick exercise: Think about that one thing that you have seen or encountered in your life that you consider genuinely beautiful and I am not talking mainly about the outward show here. Think of that thing—a person, an event, a place, a whatever—but that certain thing that you consider utterly beautiful that it actually made your heart cry or better, made you literally cry just because of its being. And I want you to be specific. It can be this truly inspiring person you look up to. It can be the breath-taking sunset you just witnessed a week ago. It can be an unexpectedly kind deed from this total stranger when you absolutely needed it. It can be the sudden realization and legit appreciation that you are in fact alive in this very moment you’re reading this. It can be just about anything! And if you cannot filter just one, it can be a collection of all things beautiful that you have experienced—do not limit yourself—but do pull out only those which sincerely gave you that wonderful sensation. Take your time and find this thing in that powerful storage protected in that thick skull of yours. Now, I want you to focus your mind on it— focus on it hard enough that you are able to sense those delightfully unexplainable feelings again just when you first chanced upon it… Now, that—God created you to be that beautiful and to be able to give off that sensation to the world. You are created to take part of a larger cause—a cause that is far larger than yourself.

A part of what feeds your larger vision—part of what gives you a reason for being—part of what gives you your life is being able to give something back. You cannot say, “but I can’t afford to give something back,” because you cannot afford not to give. You can give your time. You can give your talents.

Moreover, when I speak of the world, I do not solely mean the people and the things around you—think about this, the world includes YOU as well. Yes, God created you to spread out beauty and goodness but when you perform certain tasks, it’s not just the world that you should make even a little better—God wants your soul to feel grand with these things you do—he wants your soul to grow splendidly. What things do you sincerely enjoy doing? What things get you excited to wake up in the morning? What feeds the fire in your soul? What are your goals? Figure out these things, continue to work towards that goal, and you will be deemed successful. Now, how you measure success may vary from person to person. I, however, find Earl Nightingale’s definition the absolute. From The Strangest Secret, he said:

Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal… A successful person is someone who says, “I’m going to become this,” and begins to work towards that goal.  I’ll tell you the successful people are. A success is the school teacher who is teaching school because that’s what he or she wants to do. A success is the woman who is a wife and mother because she wanted to become a wife and mother and is doing a good job of it. A success is the man who runs the corner gas station because that was his dream. A success is the entrepreneur who starts their own company because that was their dream – that’s what they wanted to do. A success is the successful salesperson who wants to become a top notch salesperson and grow and build with in his or her organization and sets forth on the pursuit of that goal. A success is anyone who is pursuing deliberately a predetermined goal, because that’s what he or she decided to do—deliberately.

So for you and as part of your tithing in the universe, do this and let this empower you to become the person you are originally designed to be. Still not convinced? What’s stopping you? Is fear getting in the way? What are you afraid of? Failure? Well, just keep this in mind: We become what we think about. If you continue to think about failing, then you are most likely to fail. But if you firmly believe in your capabilities and you firmly believe that you are made of greatness, then you will certainly do great things. Mark 9:23 says, “All things are possible to him who believes.” Walk through the fire with your head lifted high, and keep pressing on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called you. It does not matter how many times you’ve failed or how many mistakes you’ve made—take heart and say yes to your dreams—say yes to yourself. Believe that you are capable of doing wondrous things in this world. Remember that you are specifically designed to be first-rate—to be extraordinary, to be brilliant, to be excellent, to be magnificent, to be phenomenal. You are alive to be indubitably beautiful.

Now that we have ignited a spark in you, the next point is about you being aware of the people who you allow to be around you. The people who you have around you is a vital aspect of your journey to become more. Jim Rohn says, “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” So if you spend your time around whiners, you will eventually be a whiner. Spend your time with people who plan and do stuff, then you will most certainly develop the habits of these people, too. The people around you hold the power to enhance and enrich your life or to drag you down. So stay away from critical, negative, discouraging people, and walk with people who dream, believe, and do things—with people who sees the greatness in you—walk with people who enable your soul to be persistently hungry for growth. Your soul needs to be in constant flame just as your body needs nourishment in order for you to really live. Do not lose your fire. Preserve it. Stay away from people who are trying to put it out. Do not allow anyone to dull the sparkle in your eyes.

Again, I will tell you: Today is your day. Start today. Go into action. Do not wait around for things to be perfect, or to be just right—do not wait for the ideal situation because it will never be ideal. I beg that you get out of this kind of thinking, otherwise you will end up in your death bed full of regrets of the things that you should have done while your body still has the ability to do so. Grim comes without prior notice so make the most of your every day.

Sincerely,

Life