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Listening to the Whispers Within
By Michelle C. Ustaszeski
Beginning in our younger years, and reinforced time and time again, we have beenencouraged to reach for the stars and to follow our dreams, yet so few of us actually voyage through such a beautiful, satisfying, and difficult journey to its end. It is the journey of finding our soul's desire, recognizing and following signs along the way,while listening only to the songs and the harmony of what our hearts sing. It isallowing our souls to find their way back to where they belong. to a place where wecan exhale and rest in peace once our time here has come to an end. We allow guilt toovercome, fear to overwhelm, time to discourage, and we give permission to our daily routines and current circumstances to imprison our own fate. We deny ourselves fromreaching our own destinies and from the true happiness that we all deserve.We learn many lessons throughout our lives. Some of these lessons may interfere,challenge, or overcome other, more important lessons. We have been told that focusingon ourselves, our own needs, and our own desires can be an act of selfishness. We'velearned that pleasing and thinking of others before ourselves is an act of heroism.Perhaps we feel that following our own hearts and dreams, doing what we love to do,and aiming for such pleasures is being selfish, but it's not. Perhaps we feel ashamedfor climbing the ladder of success when it demands change and possibly a level of discomfort for those we love the most who travel this journey along with us, but weshouldn't. And perhaps we feel we are to blame because with each step, each reach,we must leave something or even someone behind, but we aren't.While letting go of guilt and giving ourselves permission to follow our hearts, we haveto also be aware that fear dictates our every move. The fear of failure may be universal,but so is the fact that if we do not try, we are giving ourselves a life sentence of nothingness. a life where we will simply exist. Although it can be frightening to moveforward into the unknown armed with nothing more than faith and to gamble with thelives, people, and things we treasure the most, it is much more frightening to be awarethat if we don't, the fear that is holding us back today will transform itself into regretlater in life. The fear we experience should be regarded and compared to nothing morethan a mother's tender, loving, and protective embrace. Once she sees your strength, your courage, and how well you have learned to fly, she will set you free.In a world where instant gratification is becoming more and more rampant, the issueof time itself can become a discouraging factor when imagining how long our journeysmay take. Each dream and journey could take years, even a complete lifetime toobtain and travel to. Time is essential to the process as there are necessary experiences that we will need to endure and valuable lessons that we will have toextract in order to reach our destination. Do not allow the uncontrollable todiscourage you. Just as a mother cannot rush the birth of her miracle until it hasgone through each of its necessary stages, we must let our days unfold and go througheach of their own stages. If we continue to nurture our dreams, we too, will hold ourown miracles.