Finding My Life’s Rhythm

I just celebrated a birthday this past week. I’m at an age when stereotypically a woman starts worrying about aging. Funny thing happened though, instead of feeling old I felt/feel empowered! These past six months I have been focusing on launching Organic Soul Foods and it has ordered my life in indescribable ways. This weekend I came up with a name for this feeling. It’s my life’s rhythm! My life steps are ordered. With each step on this journey, what I need comes to me. Experiences just flow. There’s something about being blessed with a life work that gives my life substantive meaning. It’s the honor of my life to be endowed with this calling to bring SOUL (sustainable, organic, unrefined, and local) foods to my community.

Until next Sunday,

lillieth

Follow Your Bliss

This Saturday I was conversing with one of my sisterfriends, and we were lamenting the economic woes of some Generation Xers. We’re the generation after the baby boomers, but before the Millennials. We noted that some of our contemporaries are having a difficult time navigating the requirements for success in this economy. We concluded that our difficulties began with the shift best described by Thomas Friedman in his March 31, 2013, column entitled Need a Job? Invent It: “…there is increasingly no such thing as a high-wage, middle-skilled job- the thing that sustained the middle class in the last generation. Now there is only a high-wage, high-skilled job.” The article then goes on to say that motivation, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration are 21st century skills required for success. We can’t go back in time and change our upbringing that taught us that going to college was all we needed to have a middle-class lifestyle, so I’d like to offer my antidote to Generation Xers for navigating this economy. I figure since too many of us are in careers in which we are undervalued, underpaid and talents underused, we need to create our own paths. We need to follow our bliss!

Sunday’s Houston Chronicle offered a perfect example of why it’s important to follow your passion. It was a story on Colleen Hoover, a Texas mother of three making $9/hour and living in a trailer. She decided to e-publish her book, and to her surprise she had so many downloads that her book became a New York Times bestseller’s list. She has gotten a book deal to publish with a major publishing house. More importantly she was able to move out of the trailer into a real home. Following her bliss has brought her economic freedom that was otherwise unattainable to her. I know it takes courage to go after your heart’s desire, but I believe the alternative is even scarier.

Until next Sunday,

lillieth

P.S. Colleen Hoover’s blog is found on www.colleenhoover.com 

Thomas Friedman’s column referenced is http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/opinion/sunday/friedman-need-a-job-invent-it.html?_r=0

Invictus

For several weeks, much of my spiritual reading has been on the power of the subconscious mind and our ability to control it.  I thought today my post would serve as an exemplar of what it means to control your subconscious mind. What greater example than Nelson Mandela! A man who walked out of 27 years in prison with no bitterness, anger or vengeance. His only aim was to continue his steadfast goal to free South Africa from apartheid. Here is the poem Invictus that Nelson Mandela would recite daily.

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley
 
I think we would all do well to memorize these powerful words to empower our daily lives.
 
until next Sunday,
lillieth

Finding Your Voice

Intuition is the spiritual faculty that does not explain, it simply points the way. – Florence Scoval Schinn

Eating raw foods, Organic Soul Foods, vegetarianism, Christianity, Baptist, teacher, knitting, etc: my lifestyle choices! Lifestyle choices represent what we want our biography to encompass when we become “dust to dust”! It also represents our voice in the world. Follow a script or create our own script for our life is the question that we answer subconsciously or consciously by our lifework. “Scripts” have been written for humanity through cultural expectations, things humans are expected to do as we age, i.e. go to college, get married, have children… The scripts change depending on nationality, religion, race, or gender.  

This week I have had a stream of thoughts about what is significant about creating my own path in life. Why go against the grain? Why not do what society expects? For me the only conclusion I can come too is that creating my own script in life makes my life feel more authentic. I feel as if God created me for a definite purpose, uniquely designed just for me. I feel as if I am listening to the voice of God, and  guided by the will of God. It requires me to have faith in my choices, even when others say differently. Truthfully I find it to be a more interesting, engaging way to live.

Thanks for reading my ramblings this week! 🙂

Until next Sunday,

lillieth