Sunday, April 22, 2012

Unearthing the Inner Empowerment Zone

The complex world in which we live is woven by our finances, our jobs, our relationships and our families as well as by our home, our health and our wellness. At any given moment, some of these threads act to strengthen our life; at other moments, some of these threads can weaken us.

Learning how to strengthen these threads is difficult but essential in empowering our lives. If we wait for some external force to do the strengthening, we are waiting for added weakness.

Strength truly originates from how we use what we have and what is happening around us. We must begin to see what we have and what is happening as useful; we need only learn how best to wield what we have. Using a toothbrush as a hammer doesn’t work toward our success. Imagine using a hammer as a toothbrush.

We could inventory the weaves in our life basket, keeping score of what we have and what we do not have. Finances, never enough. Jobs, not good enough. Relationships, tough stuff. Home, a mess. Health, not the best. Wellness, certainly not.

Keeping a life inventory usually leads to superiority, frustration, anxiety, depression, even anger. It isn’t about enjoying any of what we do have. It does highlight what we desperately want to keep and what we most desire to have under our control. We may gain temporary relief by seeing what we have, but immediately the anxiety of losing it or having it taken away takes over our mind. This darkens our vision and limits our creative potential. What we need is to be empowered.

True empowerment starts inside of us. Empowerment is inside of us, right here, right now; it has always been there, and it will always be there. When we feel inspired by others, that feeling of empowerment is only being unearthed.

When we feel empowered, everything is useful, and we have all that we need.
When we feel empowered, we don’t see obstacles, we see opportunity.
When we feel empowered, we don’t let our lack of limit us.

When we feel empowered, we let go of what has happened and focus on what is happening.
When we feel empowered, we do.
When we feel empowered, we create.
When we feel empowered, we give.

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