Long time, no see. I know I have needed to jump back onto the bandwagon. I also know that I owe you a continuation of my last article. It's extremely cruel to leave people hanging over the edge of a cliff without a rope. I ask you to bear with me for a moment however.
Graduation has come and gone. I thought that I would initially feel differently when I returned but I did not, at least not at first. My arrival was met with people asking me how it felt to officially be a minister. I began to tell them that it hadn't officially sunk in because it hadn't. I returned home to an extra day off of work. That day was met with some rest and relaxation. The following day was met with me walking back into the office. The few people there that know about my journey asked me how the graduation was. We chatted about the experience and then fell back into the job and the things that needed to be done. First, I had to pour through my work inbox and respond to probably about 25 out of the 157 messages that sat there. Next, I had meetings to attend; meetings talking about how we, as a company, had met our financial quotas and goals. While I'm happy for the company and the many, many people who work there, I found that my mind was on other things. I also found that although I was there physically, I was far away mentally (and spiritually).
As a New Thought minister, I have studied extensively about living in the present moment. I do believe in that with all of my being. I believe that the ability to simply bask in the present moment is a major key to happiness but, I also realize that this spiritual path isn't always an easy one. I realize that this too, is a part of my journey and that leaving the graduation festivities and returning home would force me back into my office environment, at least for a little bit longer.
My personal inbox explodes everyday with sound advice on how to leave the office environment (or any environment or situation that makes one unhappy) and to never look back. I used to think that the people who provided such advice, that people who had actually accomplished this were somehow better than I. Perhaps they had something I did not. What that was exactly, I did not know but, they had to have something that I did not. I eventually realized that this was simply not true. The truth is, is that I am one of those people. I have the power to do anything that I desire and so do you.
For some unknown reason, many times we tend to just kind of give in to the circumstances of our lives. We somehow fall into the false notion that certain things are happening and that those things are beyond our control. We somehow believe that perhaps it's just maybe the "way things are" or "the way life goes". We believe that this or that is happening to us and that we must simply succumb to it or that we must pick ourselves up by our "bootstraps" or to "suck it up buttercup". This is that false notion that life is happening to us rather than from us.
It's important to remember that any of us can fall into this false way of thinking at any moment. This provides a rather important example as to why we must stay ever vigilant of our thoughts.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. The spiritual path isn't always an easy one. It's not something to be dabbled in as a hobby. It's not something that we walk occasionally when the mood strikes. It requires vigilance and awareness. It requires the need to constantly remember who you are and the power you have within.
You aren't a helpless victim that must succumb to whatever life throws your way. It's been very difficult for me after graduation and yes, it did finally sink in. I stood in front of a congregation as a guest speaker last Sunday. It was my first official talk as a minister and it did sink in during that moment. It was very difficult for me to muster up the “gumption” to walk into my corporate office the morning after that talk however I now do this with a new awareness. I am one of those people who realizes my truth. I am a powerful force. I am no longer that helpless victim who must succumb to the fact that I sit at an office every day, while only a fortunate few are out living their dreams. No, I am one of those people. I may still be in an office for now but, I am well on my way. I am well on my way to making my dreams come true and to living the life I have always dreamed of living.
So are you. If only you will allow it to be. And in the meantime? I'll be right here in the bleachers cheering for you and waiting for you to join me over the finish line.