Originally posted on September 15, 2017 at ruizrealtygroup.com
About two years ago I woke up and realized that I was incredibly unhappy. My life was not where I had hoped it would be at this stage of my life. So began a lot of soul searching. What I learned since then:
I heard a couple of sayings that truly resonate with me:
“If you’re not growing you’re dying.” And, “Everyone dies yet not everyone truly lives.”
For far too long I allowed a tragedy to define me and limit what I believe I could achieve in life. It’s so easy to blame other people and circumstances about our lot in life. It’s far more challenging to take ownership of not only where we are in life yet also choosing to take ownership of where we want our lives to go.
What a humbling realization this has been and what an incredibly arduous, challenging and emotional ride it’s been! Contending for growth is not easy yet, for me, it’s been worth every bit of uncomfortableness it’s presented in my life.
I am much more aware of who I am, I am aware of my strengths and my weaknesses. I have, finally, embraced all that I am and for the first time in my life I am comfortable in my own skin. Am I perfect? Far from it! Do I make mistakes. Plenty! Now, I just refuse to allow my mistakes to define me. I choose to learn from them and move on. Sounds simple, right? Well, it hasn’t been for me … until now. I even make mistakes and ask for forgiveness and people have chosen not to forgive me. I choose not to carry that as well. People who choose to be unforgiving is just that … THEIR choice. If you own up to your shortcomings and people are still unwilling to forgive, let it go and move on. God knows your heart and if you’re real with yourself, so do you!
It is a work in progress for sure yet I intend to continue to contend for growth and I hope you do too! Too many people in the world need the gifts and talents you have to share!
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