Recognizing life lessons along your journey
In last month’s issue of Downtown Zen I talked about “The Journey.” This month I want to start looking at different things you will discover along the way.
Discovery can also be called life lessons. I have heard this saying over the years and found it to be true: Life lessons will be repeated until you learn the lesson, then you can move on to the next one. Remember, it’s not the destination it’s the journey. The destination will change in life, but the journey is the reward.
There is so much to discover along the way, so many life lessons. When we pay attention to what’s inside of us we can discover different things about ourselves and other people who are in our lives. For example, sometimes we don’t realize that we do not have empathy. Once we discover that about ourselves, we can change that mindset. By doing so, it will help us understand what others are going through at a particular time and place in their lives. It may be something we can relate to as well. Lee Iacocca said, “The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.”
Some things we discover about life and our purpose include our goals and dreams, choices we make and the consequences (good and bad), realizing we are stronger than we think and discovering what our higher purpose is and how it can impact our lives.
Here’s a rule of thumb: choose what’s right. If it feels wrong, it probably is. I recently was going to accept an offer to work for a certain company as a coach. Somehow, deep down, I felt like it wasn’t the right choice for me because I wanted to coach using my methodology, but I would not have been able to with this particular company. So I decided not to accept the offer. One month later, another client made the same offer, but allowed me to coach using my method.
There will always be an opportunity to take a leap of faith, which is different than making a poor choice. Pay attention to what your heart tells you and remember when you learn the life lesson you move on.
Here are some questions to ask yourself: What will you discover about yourself today? What will you do with what you discover? In what way can you learn and grow from discovery? How can discovery impact your personal and professional life?
If you have specific questions, please write me and I will answer them. Questions will be made anonymous so you do not have to worry about being vulnerable.
Augusta Scott is a certified life coach, downtown denizen and a person to know within the downtown community. Email her at DowntownAbby@dtZEN.com. For coaching opportunities visit Augusta’s website: www.AugustaScott.com.