Ingredients to Create a Blissful Life #35: Believe

Are you ready to bid farewell to summer? I know, many people don’t like this time of year but I must confess, I LOVE it! There seem to be cycles of starting and ending both at the same time and there’s something about the combination of those two energies that really gets me.

This week, your ingredient is: Believe

We’ve talked about a lot of things so far (34 to be exact), and every one of them excites me on some level. But there’s just something about believing that puts it right up there, don’t you think? It requires that we have faith and that we hope at the same time. There’s another yummy combination of energies that gets me going. Ahhh

If you’ve been following me or seen me speak, you already know that life hasn’t been very easy in my world. Here’s the thing though, if it had been I’m not sure this muscle would have gotten so strong. When you are living in utter poverty and there isn’t enough money to buy food for yourself and formula for your baby, when you have been beaten down and beaten down by people who are supposed to love you the most, when you have NO idea how you’ll find the strength to keep putting one foot in front of the other, THAT is where belief is born and nurtured. If you don’t believe it’s possible for things to get better, what’s the point? And if you’re in one of those situations or another that is equally challenging, I promise you, things can get better!! You may have to make some different choices and change some of your circumstances, but they absolutely can.

So I’m going to tell you, I have arrived at a space where I can honestly say that I am grateful for every single painful, difficult thing that has ever happened to me. I believe that life is all about growth and change. I also believe that what has happened in your life – every single thing – has led you to the place you currently occupy. If you are at all happy with your life, your circumstances, or with the person you’ve become that requires that you acknowledge the contribution every situation, every person, every broken heart, every laugh, every tear, every single choice has played in leading you to here and to now.

I’m also incredibly grateful that I have been able to learn that I have the strength, resourcefulness, and intestinal fortitude to make it through anything and everything that will ever be thrown at me. That is a gift that allows me to face my world with confidence, with a smile on my face, and with a belief that many don’t have. How blessed am I?

So let me ask you, have you already developed the belief that you are special and unique and amazing and that fabulous things are not only possible but that you CAN have them? Have you faced enough challenges that you know who you are and what you’re made of? If you have then I am doing a big and wiggly happy dance for you!!

If you’re still working on it, that’s ok. When life gets tough we can get really tired and when we’re tired it can be really hard to see how strong and smart and resilient we truly are. You may not even know that’s there yet, but it’s a birthright that belongs to each and every one of us. Here’s the key – you have to choose it! It is something that everyone who realizes the truth can have but only those who seek it can find it.

So here’s the question for this week. Would you be willing to start to see what is amazing and beautiful and special about you so you can step into your greatness? Are you even willing to believe that that is even possible? There’s no right or wrong, remember. Only choice.

What do you choose?

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