This past week has been one of extreme stress, loss, pain, death, and tension. Although not all of the incidents happened to me personally, they all affected me greatly. Let me begin by telling you a little about me. I am a sponge that soaks up the emotions and vibes of others. Being this way at times has served me well, especially when the individual was in need of an encouraging word, a hug, an ear, a shoulder---I am naturally a nurturer. But, being this way can be very taxing on me spiritually and emotionally. I sat and thought about where my life is headed and where it currently rests and have come to realize that the life cycle is very cyclical in nature, as is the universe and in order to move from the current wavelength, I have to master the lesson at hand.
When I was growing up, my grandmother used to tell me that if you “travel the same dirt road, you will end up at the same place”. She was so right! In reviewing my life currently, I realize that in some areas in life, I have not progressed because I have traveled the same road. I felt unlucky, used, stupid, all at the same time but, none of those things hold true. I have been misguided and simply needed to change paths.
Life itself is a series of events, some beautiful, some scary, some painful, some mundane. And with life, there will be lessons that each of us must master before progressing to the next level in life. The tricky thing is when you are living life, is the fact that the lesson is learned after the event, almost in what we see as reverse. But, as we navigate, we must analyze each situation and not only see the lesson but apply the outcome. Now, you are probably thinking: what lesson did she learn? Well, I learned that in matters of the heart, always follow your gut instinct about a person, you should only allow a person once to correct a major issue, repetitive benefits of the doubt are a sham, and always identify and address red flags. If I had only read the writing on the wall, I would not be in this predicament. But, again, now I know and to know is to be free. Mastering a lesson provides peace of mind, even if you are not totally free of the situation, and to have peace is be powerful.
Andre’a “The Tru Lioness