Tuesday, October 29, 2013

desire ...

[I'm continuing my series of posts on this incredible, eye-opening, soul-searching book... a million little ways by Emily P. Freeman]

"Uncovering desire is the practice of learning how to look farther beneath the surface than we may be used to doing.  It may require time, space, and solitude to allow our souls to become quiet enough to settle into what is most true.  Learning to look beneath the surface is an important step in uncovering the art we were born to make."  [p41]

"But if those desires become rights you clench in your hand, demanding they be met in your way and in your timing, you will never receive the satisfaction from them that you so desperately seek."  [p42]

"When we aren't able to translate what makes us come alive into our own language, the temptation might be to dismiss it altogether.  Many of us have spent our entire lives editing out our first thoughts.  We do this for all kinds of reasons ~ to avoid critique, prevent failure, please people, or simply because we can't see how they will logically fit into our lives.  So we tuck away our first thoughts, or in this case, our deepest desires, and we cover them up with more acceptable pursuits."  [p44]

"You have to uncover the art before you can release it.  The problem for most of us is, we have let the negative emotions decide for us that the art isn't worth uncovering.  We have allowed the terror of exposure and the risk of failure to out-weigh the truth of our remade identity."  [p46]

"Could it be possible that the thing you most long for, the thing you notice and think about and wish you could do, is the thing you were actually made and are being equipped to do?"  [p47]

Could it be?
The life I've always wanted ...
is the life I was meant to have?
And all I have to do to get it ...
is believe in it.

"For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. 
They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."
~ Jeremiah 29:11 TLB ~

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