A couple of months ago I was on the phone with my dad. I was explaining my ‘situation’ and how it was hard for me to comprehend certain classes and that I was almost sure I would fail. I also mentioned that someone had ‘advised’ me to drop it or retake it as an option. I’m not a daddy’s girl and with that being said, the kindest thing my father ever said to me was “No one knows you more than I do, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You can do anything you set your mind to. I know you can.” I was in shock! Long story short I passed.
In his bestselling novel ‘The Alchemist’ Paulo Coelho writes,
“It’s what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their personal legend is. At that point in our lives, everything is clear and everything is possible… They are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives…because there is one great truth on this planet: wherever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth.”
I am convinced of two things:
- One of the biggest mistake some of us often make is to allow other people to tell us ‘who we are’ and have that alter our own beliefs. There’s nothing wrong with other people’s opinions about us but if it becomes a barometer with which we measure our knowledge of self then we are in trouble.
- No one knows us more than our ‘source’. The ultimate secret of Apple does not lie in the hands of Bill Gates. As human beings we adjust to situations so if they were to ask you childhood friend who you are they might say stubborn and if they ask your high school friends they might say cool. However, your parents will say the same thing anytime, any day, any year. They know you, they know your ‘heart of the matter’ because you come from them.
In her book ‘ A return to love’ Marianne Williamson wrote,
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us.
When 20 people tell you that you cannot drive for example, but deep down you know you were made for ‘it’ It can be hard to overlook all those opinions and stand on your grounds, but it is necessary. Realize the fear in this case that you may have is not necessarily that you can’t drive but rather that you can drive and all those 20 people thoughts are in fact wrong and you’ll have to confront them.I say go for it! If not you, who? If not now, when?
What is our origin? What is our source? To whom do we belong to? The Universe. Instead of waiting on people to tell us what we can and cannot do, may we go back to the heart of the matter and know that we can do more, be more, go further, change lanes, switch gears, etc. If all else fail, may we remember to run back to The Universe ask ‘Who am I?’ Let it remind us. We are brilliant!