June 20, 2008

No One Is Coming

When facing difficulties that seem to have no end, it’s natural to wish for a break or a helping hand. And though sometimes a break may come, it never eliminates the core issue. So we’re left holding the same belief that created the trouble in the first place.

Meaning, of course, that trouble will rear its ugly head again.

I remember the day I realized that no one was coming. Broke and reeling from years of self-destructive behavior, I sat on the sofa wishing someone could save me from the mess I’d created.

Something shifted in me that day. I had what alcoholics call a moment of clarity. There was only one person who could come to my rescue, and though I didn’t know how it could happen, I knew it had to be be me. I took my first real step into fully realized adulthood that day. And I’ve never looked back.

Perhaps you face trouble now for which there seems to be no answers. You may have difficulties on the job. Perhaps you’re struggling with anxiety and depression or fighting addiction. Whatever problem lies before you now, the fact is that you do have the key to unlock it.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t ask for help. But always do so knowing that, in the end, no one is coming. That you are both the problem and its solution.

Your true, essential Self knows what to do.

Exercise

Sit comfortably with a pen or pencil and paper and speed write around the following questions:

  • What do I truly want from my life?
  • What price am I willing to pay to get it?
  • What action can I take in this moment to move me one step closer to living my vision?

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