I do not want my job to dictate who I need to be and how I need to act so I can achieve maximum success and yield my power.
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I do not want society to inform me what I must do and what I must like so I will conform to social norms.
I do not want to feel the need to act in a certain manner so I can be liked. If I am liked I will feel good about myself. My esteem will rise.
I do not want to feel the need to have lots of Twitter or Facebook followers. This must mean I am popular. I have a following. If I lose my followers I must have done something wrong.
None of these programs for success are me. Quite honestly the more I think about it, it is just too exhausting. I have better uses of my time.
There must be a better way!
How does one become the authentic man or woman that they truly are?
Who am I?
Who does God want me to be is an even more important question?
God loves me! God wants me to feel comfortable in my own skin. God wants me to be the person I want to be. Not the one others want me to be. This is true freedom!
I learn how to become the person God wants me to be via my Centering Prayer practice.
I sit quietly with God. I ever so gently let go of all my thoughts, emotions and physical sensations. I open to and yield to God.
I believe God will act in me. God loves me! God will plant my true self seeds: confidence, wisdom, inner peace for a mission that belongs to me.
This is a mission that the Divine wishes to partner with me.
I sit with Jesus so I can learn how to walk with Jesus.
Thomas Merton sums it up so nicely.
“Our vocation is not simply to be, but to work together with God in the creation of our own life, our own identity, our own destiny.”
This is what I want to be!
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