During my childhood, I used to read about people, places and things in our encyclopedia set that my parents had purchased from a door-to-door salesman. I was a sponge for knowledge then, as I am today. As I got older, I found myself being fascinated reading biographies and autobiographies. It occurred to me several years ago, my interest in the lives of other was actually me seeking information on turning points in the lives of others.
How did they do it?
How were they able to turn that around?
What makes them tick?
When did they actualize their achievements?
I was looking for their choices and their moments that revealed the next phase in their Path. These men and women were following their unknown Path toward achieving their authentic life. Choices were presented and they continued to move forward.
In some ways, these stories provided surrogate mentors for me. The largest impact of these stories continues to show me how people keep showing up to find their most authentic expression of life. These stories, these people, became proof that anything is possible.
As I reflect on different times in my life, I see particular moments of opportunities for change. Many times, my choice had been to hold on to the way things were. To find ways to keep things the way they are. I subconsciously defined this as safety. My pattern had been to hold on to the things that were not a part of the next phase. I would encounter a turning point and respond with resistance. And not just resistance, I would follow up with action to keep things the same.
If we are working toward a goal, we have to let it unfold. We can truly examine who and what will be a part of our lives as we achieve these goals - as well as, who and what will not be a part of our lives. This means we need to be open to new people and things in our lives, just as we need to recognize we are going to have to let go of some areas of our current life.
Turning Points in life can be difficult. These moments can reveal unexpected information that make us aware of new realities we can ignore or accept. In accepting these new realities, we can courageously proceed toward our authentic life. It can be painful. It can show us missed opportunities. It is a moment in time to choose love, not fear. They are invitations to Personal Growth. Turning Points are our chance to live life to the fullest.
What is your turning point?