It’s that little voice inside of me that tells me I’m doing exactly what I’m meant to do. Funny how something so quiet can speak so loudly. But it does.
I even hear it when I’m sleeping. It comes to me in the quiet of the night, slipping into my dreams, nudging me on. I feel it with every part of my being. It’s how I know that I’m doing exactly what I’m meant to do.
When I was a teen, I thought I had life all figured out. But the older I get, the more I realize how little I knew. Decades later, I’m still learning and growing and figuring life out.
There is one thing I have figured out, though, one thing I’m certain of. Each of us has a gift, a talent. You just have to find yours.
When you find that gift, that thing you are most passionate about, don’t let it go. Too often it’s a whisper, fighting to be heard over the noise and chaos of life. Nurture it and protect it from the naysayers of the world. And believe that it will lead you to do that which you are destined to do.
I am reminded of an adult Sunday school class a few years ago. Each of us had to share what we thought was one of our gifts. When it came to Evelyn, she shrugged her shoulders and said that she didn’t have any gifts. That there was nothing about her that was special and certainly nothing extraordinary.
Soon, everyone in the class started to share all of the gifts that they thought Evelyn had. Someone mentioned her contagious smile. Another that she made the best whoopie pies. It went on and on around the room until everyone shared something special about Evelyn. She couldn’t see what everyone else saw.
I’d like to think Evelyn’s heart was a little lighter when she left class that day. I truly think that believing in yourself is more important than knowledge, training or schooling. As Richard Back says: Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.
Part of winning is listening to that voice, knowing deep inside that despite all the obstacles you face, you’re on the road you’re meant to be on. Life isn’t easy. In fact, most of the time it’s darn difficult.
But it’s the mountains we climb and the obstacles we overcome that make reaching the top that much sweeter.
My sons and I were talking about this recently, discussing how the things we want most are most often the things that are the toughest to get or achieve or do.
But, as Hubs pointed out, you don’t get to the top of the mountain right away. You have to climb.
I think the journey up the mountain makes us appreciate reaching the top. We wish it were easier, but deep down inside where we don’t dare lie to ourselves, we know that few things worth having are.
I hope that you hear the voice and that whatever mountain you climb it leads you to a life well-lived.
Buffy Andrews is Assistant Managing Editor of Features and Niche Publications for the York Daily Record/Sunday News. She’s also its Social Media Coordinator.