Can you find inspiration from the times you’ve lost your way? The other day, as I commented on some of my favorite freelance writing sites, I came across this post by the beautiful, Erin Feldman of Write Right: Why You Need to Get Lost. In the post Feldman talks about the feelings associated with literally getting lost. But she goes, cleverly, and weaves a word-picture that shows readers why getting lost may actually represent the only way we can truly ‘get found’ figuratively as well.
Find Inspiration in Your Broken Paths
You can indeed find inspiration in the broken paths and lost dreams of your journey through life. I don’t believe dreams ever get broken – just lost. When we move on from our little girl fantasies of emulating Taylor Swift and the like, or little boy dreams of becoming Batman, pieces of those magical dreams remain.
When we get a little older and can’t decide what to do with our college education or our experience from the proverbial university of life, we might get a little side-tracked. These jaunts down unknown paths and confusing choices can act as the catalyst for achieving true success if we let them.
The leftover pieces of these broken paths fit together to make a beautiful mosaic of sorts – a virtual objet d’art that tells the story of our journey to personal success.
How to Find Inspiration Down in the Rabbit Hole
You can find inspiration that serves as an amazing epiphany for your life even when you’re down in the rabbit hole. These times of uncertainty and confusion really represent a recipe for positive change, rather than a chaotic end to your vision. Here’s a basic outline of things I practice to find joy and growth in times of adversity and chaos:
- Self-awareness – when our thoughts and focus become dominated by our adverse experience or current challenge, we often lose sight of our own part in the puzzle. Self-awareness is something we must continually strive to achieve and maintain. Start to consciously recognize how your reaction to challenges and situations affect others and may end up exacerbating the negative environment.
- Observe – this is difficult for someone as verbose and social as me, but it’s vital to finding inspiration in all things. To put it bluntly, shut up for a moment and look at your surroundings and the people immediately around you. Silently and openly observing the world around you will give you clarity and emotional power – things you’ll need to change your perspective and outlook about a situation.
- Gratitude – give thanks for the littlest things, the mundane, the ordinary. It’s in these little things that we find the extraordinary truths and epiphanies that help us to connect with others on an unspeakably deep level. Prayer and meditation that focuses on cultivating a gratitude for everything – even the challenges – in life has the power to transform your personal and professional world in ways you wouldn’t have thought to entertain as possible before.
- Get Outside Yourself – Finally, let yourself breathe a little bit. Bask in overcoming the hardships you have overcome – in your victories. Eliminate self-limiting thoughts and open yourself to the needs of others. Ironically, by focusing on helping others and removing focus from your own issues, you’ll receive great reward and incomprehensible peace.
With a centered frame of mind and a humble, but positive attitude, your future will arise out of the ashes from any challenge, any setback, any hurt like a glorious and fiery Phoenix. How do I know? I know because I’ve been there, done that and my Phoenix is soaring. Yours can too!
Have you had setbacks and challenges, both personal and professional, that you thought marked the end of your dreams? How did it turn out?
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