November 15, 2014

Reflective moments — Shifts

Photo credit: Your Coffee Break
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word Shift? For me is working a nine-to-five on a job in the office, or working twelve hours in a healthcare facility. Amongst nurses, you hear them talking about shifts assigned, like Day, Evening, Night shift. I could be diagnosed a Shift-work Insomniac (true story).
A "Paradigm shift" can be described as "notion of a major change in a certain thought-pattern — a radical change in personal beliefs, complex systems or organizations, replacing the former way of thinking or organizing with a radically different way of thinking or organizing" - Wikipedia

I can say for sure that my life have been through a paradigm shift, a complete make over in my thought process, outlook on life. My way of thinking previously laced with fear, sucspition, bleakness and negativity have been replaced with those of courage, optimism, hope, faith. With this shift comes some life adjustments, with this shift, my history keeps trying to put me in a certain box where it's comfortable, part of the reason is my history is all it knows. My history finds it hard to relate to me, it claims it doesn't understand me, threatened to sever ties if I don't return to my box ASAP! (One experience in particular cracks me up everytime I think about it).

Ever heard the term "Don't forget where you come from?" Sure you have. Comedian, Actor, Talk show host and Best-Selling Author Steve Harvey eloquently stated that on the journey to your path to success, some folks would have to drop off your wagon--dead weights, to lighten the load. Some folks in your life have no purpose except to attach, leech and guilt trip you with the afore-mentioned phrase, however, they are not contributing in anyway to your path to success. Some folks in life feel entitled, since they're blood, a childhood friend; known you since you were in diapers and not sure of yourself. When a paradigm shift moves you in the direction of your calling, you no longer have questions as to who you are, your life's purpose, you'd know. You'd start to feel the dead weights get heavy—your demons, shadows, emotional baggage. Your dead weights make zero contribution to your journey, some are simply distractions that only a laser-focused vision can see past, it will be very necessary to drop this weight and lighten the load.

“You’re not the same woman you were a decade ago; if you’re lucky, you’re not the same woman you were last year. The whole point of aging, as I see it, is change. If we let them, our experiences can keep teaching us about ourselves. I celebrate that. Honor it. Hold it in reverence. And I’m grateful for every age I’m blessed to become” - Oprah

A shift such as mine is making things clear as the light of day. My life has a clear purpose, my path is evident. My life has taken off in a direction I couldn't dream of. Opportunities keep opening up to me without a hinge, it seems like suddenly I can do anything. As I walk in my path I'm not afraid anymore, even now when shadows of my past keep lurking behind me, trying to get me down, I just close my eyes, clench my fists, open and release my fears to the universe. With my palms wide open, I can recieve my blessings. So far my blessings keep coming with no signs of stopping. I know I'm blessed and a vessel of God who's destined for great things.

Until next time...
Msada.

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