This small statement can drastically change your life. It certainly was true for me. Each one of us is actually on a journey to determine who we really are. We are, in reality, on a soul's journey: a journey composed of many lessons from which we can choose to learn--either asleep or awake. This choice is one that each of us individually has to make.
My decision to actually change my life happened in September 2012. I had come to a point where I was totally unhappy, and the only thing I could see in my future were more days trying to be what society said that I should be.
Looking at my life from the outside, I was a success. I was an executive with a nice salary at a major company. What more could I want? The thing I wanted was the thing that had eluded me for many years. What I wanted was happiness.
Being a practical person who had studied truth principles for many years, I made a decision that the only thing I needed to do was to leave my job (a negative environment) and God would lead me to a new position where I would be happy, well paid and secure.
When I left my job, I thought this would take a few weeks to accomplish. As you can probably guess, this is not what happened. The lesson I had to learn was that to actually change our lives, to reflect all that would make us happy, means that we have to actually listen. We have to listen to that still, small voice that will lead us to the life that we, deep in our hearts, have always dreamed about. We cannot only know truth principles, we have to live them.
After many months of telling God what was best for me and wondering why nothing was happening, I finally asked God, out of desperation, what I needed to do to change my life.
The answer I received was to let go of my ideas about what my perfect life would look like and open my heart and mind to something new. The reason this is so important is that in order to change our lives, we have to change our minds to be open to something different.
In other words, in order to have a different life experience than we are currently having, we have to be different than the person who created the life that we are currently living.
I learned a very important lesson that has helped me not to give up: I could ask God to help me. Only then was I finally able to see which thoughts and beliefs had resulted in my life being so unsatisfying. I came face-to-face with what it means to forgive both myself and others; I finally came to the point where I actually trusted God to help me.
Each person's journey to a satisfying life is different because each one of us is different. But there are a few generalities that I believe each person has to come to understand in order to actually change their lives.
We have to truly want to change. This usually happens after we are so very unhappy that we are willing to try something new and different.
We admit that we have at least some responsibility for the current condition of our lives. If we continue to believe that something outside of ourselves is responsible for our lives, we will not believe we have the power to actually change our lives.
We have to let go of the past. We have to come to a belief that our future can be different than our past. We have to develop a belief in the possibility of a brighter tomorrow.
We have to learn to forgive. To forgive means that we finally come to believe that all of our life experiences were good because each of those experiences brought us to where we are today. When we finally come to this realization, we can forgive both others and ourselves because we know that each person was just doing the best they could based on his or her level of consciousness or understanding at the time.
To change our lives, we have to finally forgive ourselves for all of the mistakes and wrong turns than we have made in our lives. We will be able to do this because we know that we have changed; we are no longer who we were, and we now know better and will not make the same mistakes in the future.
We learn to trust God to help us. We finally know that we cannot do this on our own. We now know that our trust is not in a God that is far off, but in a God that is with us at all times; our trust is in a God that will help us in all things. We finally learn that our trust is in a loving God that will be with us always.
Having traveled this last part of my journey awake, the only advice I will give to anyone that truly wants to change their life is that they must not give up. I know that self-discovery can be very hard and sometimes scary, but there truly is a light at the end of the tunnel. If we keep going, a life of happiness and joy might be just around the corner.
Laureen LeNoir is the author of "A Soul's Journey: A Personal Story" book series. Laureen describes herself as a student of life and a seeker of truth. The book series is available in paperback, hard cover and as an e-book through Barnes & Noble, Amazon, AuthorHouse online bookstores.
For more information about Ms. Lenoir or her book series, please visit LoirSpiritualProductions.com.
"A Soul's Journey"
by Laureen LeNoir
Hardcover Book, 296 pages
Publication Date: Dec. 16th, 2013
$4 - $18