With Valentine’s Day approaching, the topic of love is beautifully highlighted, and lovely expressions for those we cherish are emphasized.
Similarly, there are often feelings of longing and lack as well, depending on our situation.
However, no matter what our circumstances may be, there is one person who can always use our attention, love and support and that is ourselves, especially during times of change when we are feeling our most vulnerable.
Below is a personal journal entry, written by New York Times bestselling author Cheryl Richardson, during a transitional period in her life when she needed extra encouragement and comfort.
Thankfully she shared it with us to use as well.
Take a deep breath. Big change is on the way.
It’s all good even though it may not feel that way right now.
Remember what happens when change starts brewing…
You become cat-like curious about new worlds.
You have an intuitive sense that something wonderful is on its way but you mostly feel nervous.
The more nervous you feel, the more the things you’ve outgrown become attractive again.
You catch yourself hanging onto what’s familiar.
The anxious, fearful voices in your head get louder.
You question yourself – your thinking, your motives, and your decision-making ability.
You feel a growing sense of excitement and relief in knowing that you’re about to set yourself free from an outdated prison.
But the relief and excitement are not strong enough yet.
So you teeter on the edge between what you know for sure and what you secretly desire.
Ride the edge of uncertainty for a while.
Become cozy and comfortable with doubt.
Fall in love with ambiguity and chance.
The edge is a place where trailblazers live – brave men and women who are incapable of settling for less.
Even though they try.
Don’t shortcut the process.
Otherwise you end up with good instead of great.
Stay on the edge long enough for the next, important stage of your life to unfold. And unfold it will.
It always does.
You just need to remember to Trust Life.
Be willing to sit in the darkness waiting for something solid and true and soulful to reach out and grab you.
And then the next adventure will begin.
I have your back every step of the way.
Love, Your Wise Self