Happy Monday to you!
I hope that your weekend was enjoyable and restful. With all the opportunities available to us, it can be difficult to say no and just relax. Nevertheless, rest is vital. Perhaps, I’ll dedicate a future post to discussing its importance to our well-being. For this moment, I want to head in a completely different direction. I am going to get somewhat personal, with the intent that I can be a source of encouragement. So, let me get on with it…
I have always been an introvert. As the years pass by, that part of myself grows more prominent. Perhaps, it is a result of some not-so-great experiences. Who knows? Anyways, that characteristic has caused me to find comfort zones and remain stagnant in them. Whether it be clinging to my family and best friends or staying too long at a job, I am often too cautious when it comes to taking steps forward.
For the previously stated reason, when I made the decision to leave an unhealthy work environment and pursue some personal aspirations, it came as a shock to many. To be honest, I was filled with much emotion. First, I felt joyous, free, and grateful. However, as time moved along, I felt worried, trapped, and frustrated. Nevertheless, I was content with my choice because I did not make it haphazardly. In fact, my decision to become an entrepreneur was made after years of incessant prayer.
Since starting the process of pursuing these new endeavors, I have been met with countless forms of opposition. The most difficult opposition to surpass has been the mindset of: “IT CANNOT BE DONE. IT’S TOO UNREALISTIC”. That perspective comes from a spirit of fear carried by persons who also love comfort zones. In moments when I’ve subscribed to that mentality, I have been crippled to the point of lying in bed for days (of course, not consecutively…but you get the point).
Fortunately, I have an intimate relationship with my Creator and Heavenly Father. (In addition, I have support from my family and best friends.) Since, I have made this uncharacteristic choice, God has reminded of His constant presence in my journey. His Holy Spirit reminds me that I CAN and I WILL thrive because it was always a part of God’s plan for my life. I am traversing unknown territory. Nevertheless, I remain encouraged by the great patriarchs and matriarchs who did the same in centuries past. Most importantly, I am strengthened by God who has never let go of my hands.