Monday, May 19, 2014

Monday Quotable

Last night, I was catching up on shows I missed last week and Lifeclass (OWN) was among them. T.D. Jakes was on talking about his new book Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive (I referenced it here a couple of weeks ago). During the course of the discussion, the topic of naysayers (read: haters) came up, which launched Bishop Jakes into a metaphor.

He started out talking about giraffes and how hard their hearts have to pump to get blood up to their brains. They eat at tree level because when they lower their heads to the ground, they faint. Then, he talked about turtles. They are on the ground, slow and can't raise up any higher than the position they're in. The naysayers or "haters" in your life are the turtles. They can only see on their own level and allow themselves to be limited by that. They may not mean you any harm but when you talk about your dreams, they just don't see it as a possibility. Because of that, they discourage you.

The ultimate message is to ignore the turtles. We were meant to be tall and shouldn't lower our perspective because of experience based on "ground level" thinking. Dreams and vision are lofty for a reason. Our souls are in search of purpose. The only way to get there is by keeping our eyes up and focused.

The message struck me because I'm going through this whole "stuck" phase. I talked a lot about it with Ash over the weekend and discovered he's going through the same thing. We've talked about following our dreams a million times but this time, it was a really in depth conversation...all thanks to terrible traffic. In short, our dreams and plans have changed. We both came away from our conversation pumped up and refocused. Then we caught Lifeclass, which helped even more. There are no mistakes under the sun.

As I plan, there are discouraging voices-sometimes my own-that encourage the status quo. There are also real considerations that cheer for the status quo (bills, health insurance). It's tempting to fall in line but I don't want to look back on my life a 5 years from now and still feel stuck. So, for now, it's about the grind. Here's to lofty goals and tall vision.

p/s I am bringing back "What I'm Reading." I know it has been a while but I have 3 books under my belt for the year and starting a fourth. If you care to follow along, I've finished Bossypants, Everything is Perfect When You're A Liar and Cemetery Girl. Next up is  Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive. I had another book lined up but after all the inspiration I got from Lifeclass and Bishop Jakes' sermons over the last month, it really couldn't be any other way.

Happy Monday!

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