Life serves us challenges that are for our highest good and gives us a choice as to whether we will align with that truth or not. We can choose to be bitter about our circumstances or we can choose to find the blessings in our current situations. When we choose to look at the blessings in our current situations it is a good way to measure our growth. Last night, I was listening to a podcast that sparked me to try a personal growth exercise that I will start using with myself and others. It is called the "Did Then and Do Now" exercise. You take a piece of paper and draw a line down the paper to create two separate columns. On the left side you write "Did Then" and on the right side you write "Do Now". Below, I will share my list to give you a visual of this fun process. It is a great way to stop beating yourself up for past mistakes and celebrate your maturity. When I was done writing out my list there was a sense of happiness that came over me. I ended my list with the overall lesson I was to learn from my current phase.
You can use this list in regards to any challenging situation you find yourself in. Sometimes when our heads are so much on getting out of something or we are in a rapid motion of movement because of life speeding up it is hard to see how far we have come. Then, when you take the time out to assess your growth it gives you a feeling of gratitude. It is't that our lessons are new skills given to us, but a reminder of what is already inside. Life is all about pulling your authentic nature outside of you. It is a matter of remembering who you are before the world told you that you weren't. In the podcast, Shannon Algeo said, " You are exactly enough where you are". That statement resonated so well in my spirit. In the end, you don't have to impress no one, but yourself. You shouldn't use that statement in an arrogant way and disregard others feelings, but you should use it in a way to know that you are worthy of your desires now.
We don't have to get to a certain level to be accepted. We all have the power to heal ourselves from the inside out. We can't search outside ourselves for that validation or we will continue to be disappointed. Your hardest challenges come from holding on to the ego's point of view instead of being yourself. The harder you hold onto that point of view, the more you suffer in life. Another quote he said was, " I am open to wherever this goes". It is so much work trying to control outcomes which only leads to blocks to your desires. When you are open to wherever life takes you by holding onto your vision and following your guidance, events usually turn out better than you intend. When you hold on too tight it is because of a lack of trust and a limiting of past experiences repeating themselves, but you only end up recreating what you fear.
I was beating myself up for not having the financial success and material possessions that I set out to have this year, but then I realize that I have gained a depth of spiritual insight and wisdom that is priceless. These tools will guide me to riches and rewarding experiences. When you focus solely on gain instead of doing inner work it will constantly leave you feeling unfulfilled and in search of more. Going within is a journey worth taking and a part of my life mission in life. I am proud to say that I am on the right track even if I don't have all the details.
So here the exercise below with my truths. Remember, you have to be totally honest with yourself to do this exercise in order to see your change. This is a matter of you taking responsibility for your actions only.
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