“Live from the heart of yourself. You have to make a living; I understand that. But you also have to know what sparks the light in you, so that in your own way, you can illuminate the world.” – Oprah Winfrey
What sparks the light in you? Are you living your full potential? Are you living your truth? These are great questions to ask ourselves and even if we don’t know the answers, you will know if you are living your truth by the way you feel, in your work, home and social situations everyday.
Standing up for what we believe in, for what we believe is right for us, is not always easy. If we worry about what others think or what may happen if we change direction, we may just stay where we are for too long and that could mean a loss of fulfilment and living the dream you thought may never happen.
Where are you silencing yourself? Where do you not take risks when expressing what matters to you? It does not need to be a life and death situation. It could be as simple as challenging a work colleague or family member about their behaviour or being willing to disagree when everyone else seems to be going in a different direction to you.
Below is a story of a woman who stood by her truth and intuition and believed she should not be swayed by the opinion and influence of those around her. In doing so, she discovered she could trust her instincts and was given the gift of life for her family.
Christina Lianos Story –
In April 2012, after serious intent to buy a home in a neighbouring town, after bidding on a property, I just flat-out and unilaterally decided against it in the eleventh hour. My family was beyond upset with me. The kids were excited about living in this town, but my gut told me to flat-out refuse. There was nothing to explain this feeling. The town was perfect, and the home was lovely. I just felt that it was the wrong choice. I am typically accommodating and flexible, but in this instance, I was adamantly against the idea.
We settled on a home within our own town. We moved in June, and the kids started school in September. On December 14, 2012, the unthinkable happened at Sandy Hook Elementary school. My youngest (a child I never thought I would be able to have and who came into this existence ever so unusually to begin with), would have been in that school on that day had I stayed the course and this would have changed my life forever.
Of course not every decision we make is the right one but when you practice living a life based on your truth, you can be assured that the universe will respond accordingly and you will begin to feel confident in your choices and trust your instincts, allowing life to meet up with your dreams.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved. – Helen Keller