Something that Oprah said, has really stuck with me over the years. It is one of my favorite quotes and I have it saved in my notes.
“This is the lesson I hope you take away,” Winfrey writes. “Your life is not static. Every decision, every setback, or triumph is an opportunity to identify the seeds of truth that make you the wondrous human being that you are.
“I’m not talking just about what you do for a living,” she adds. “When you pay attention to what feeds your energy, you move in the direction of the life for which you were intended. Trust that the Universe has a bigger, wider, deeper dream for you than you could ever imagine for yourself.”
Over the years, I have evaluated my purpose...my dreams. Since a child, I never really felt like I had a "skill." In my family, we have the ballerina, the master chef and cake designer, the doctor, the singer, the teachers, the artists and the athletes. Sure, I studied art in college but I was never really good. I did theater but I was never really good. I played sports, but I was never really good.
In my 2nd job after college, I worked for a door-to-door sales company. Not one of my finest moments (even though, I met my hubs) and to add insult to injury, continued in this aggressive sales field by booking timeshare tours on the oceanfront in Virginia Beach. Yep. Ultimately, I have found myself in a sales position in one way or another. I learned everything I know about sales and people in these 2 crazy jobs. They were both humbling and invaluable experiences.
Over the last few months, I have opened a small flower shop and become a licensed real estate agent. And I have come to the conclusion that I do have a "skill"...my skill is people. Helping people, providing a good customer experience and giving them joy.
With only a little bit of experience arranging flowers, I put my fears aside. I took a leap, put my skills out for the world to see and judge and it has been one of the best decisions of my life. Sometimes I wish I had discovered my talents earlier in life but perhaps God allowed me to find my way at the ripe old age of 40...and I had to experience the last 20 years before I could completely realize my dream. Super cool and totally grateful. Maybe, just maybe, I can add Floral Design to my short list of skills😉
Get after it people. "Pay attention to what feeds your energy." XOXO