Have you ever had those moments you look up and wonder where the time as gone? The reality is, time has not gone anywhere - it's all a matter of what we do with the time we are given. The last 4 years of my life have been filled with a lot of loss of loved ones. At times, I would cry out why they could not have more time. It has made me realize how important it is to use the time I have right now, in this moment, for what matters most.
Do you know what matters most for you? This is a question you need to answer for yourself. But one thing I can say each one of you needs to prioritize yourself. You matter. This world needs you. We need you. I need you. The real you. There is something unique in you that only you can bring to this world. If you do not know what it is, then make it your priority for this coming year to discover it.
After the loss of my parents, I went through my own journey of self discovery. Who am I without the people who brought me into this world? What do I have to offer? How can I possibly live out the real me in a world that seems to want me to be so many different things? I am still on that journey and the answer becomes more clear each day. I am growing. I am learning. And I have discovered that I do not want to take this journey alone. I want to have others come along side of me and grow, discover, reveal who we are together.
There are many ways to take this journey and you have to find the path that works for you. For me, it has been in becoming a John Maxwell Team coach. I first heard John speak at a conference back when I was in college, about 25 years ago. I would occasionally add another one of his books to my library over the years until my mom passed away almost 4 years ago. After her death, I found myself drawn to learn more deeply from him and attended an event he held close to where I lived - where he went to college. It so spoke to my hurting heart and I have been getting more and more involved in different programs his companies offer. Each one has enabled me to reflect and discover the real me. The me that this world needs.
What are you waiting for? The real you is calling for you...