Don’t define yourself by where you are going, define yourself by how far you have come!~ Etta D Richards
The following blog is my submission to Debbie’s Forgiving Friday series, where she writes about and invite others to share their thoughts on Forgiveness, Self-Love and Personal Growth. Debbie, thank you and I am so grateful the opportunity to contribute to your blog.
At some point in our lives, we question our place in this world, “where do I fit in, in the grander scheme of things? What is my purpose here?” For me, these questions have popped up a few times lately, leaving me to literally stare at myself in the mirror and asked myself, “what is YOUR place in this world?” As my life unfolds I see a deeper meaning in my plight as a member of the human race. Some days I’m unsure of my path other days I’m just enjoying the journey and appreciating the opportunities life has present to me even if I sometimes don’t notice them right away.
In addition to paying attention to what surrounds you and looking at the world through fresh eyes, you also have to see yourself the same way. Look at the beauty and wonders within yourself with fresh eyes. Each time I ran my fingers across the scar on my belly I remember how strong my body is to have gone through, not one but two difficult pregnancies and complicated births. Remeber you change just as life changes, you have to constantly reevaluate yourself, seeing yourself not as society have programmed you, you have to see yourself as an individual with a purpose.
1-To truly define your place in this world you must think outside the box and stay there!
2-You must create your own identity, your own style of living.
3- You must sum up your achieved goals, your proposed goals and the dreams floating in your imagination, appreciate them. There are no failures only set back.
4-You must slay those inner demons. We all have them, that thing that bites into your soul!
5-Above all, look at life as a game that you get to restart each day. A game where you are given numerous chance to leave your mark.
When I think about defining MY place in the world, I’m reminded of the poem, Invictus by William Ernest Henley.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
©Etta D. Richards