I’ve spoken to many of you over the last several months and especially over the last week, and there is a whole spectrum of emotions and challenges. Some of you feel stuck, some of you feel guilt, some of you feel like you just want to do “something!” Some are heartbroken. Others are angry. There is a range of emotional spaces that we inhabit. But no matter where you are, the lesson in MLK’s quote is to just take a step in A direction. When you feel like you have no idea where to begin, you begin.
And where does the faith come in?
The faith comes in saying to yourself, “I’m going to take this step and if it leads me to something even more expansive, great. If it’s a dead end, I have the choice to pivot and go in a different direction. But I won’t know it until I take that step.” The faith here is the faith that you have in yourself to know that you are constantly at choice. You have the power to shift course. You have the intuition to say “this feels right.” You have the openness to learn from your mistakes. You have the love and compassion to treat people kindly. You have the strength to stand up when you really have to.
For some people, this kind of faith is the most challenging because it means looking at yourself in the mirror. For some of you, it’s much easier to have faith in others than to have faith in yourself. But who better to have faith in you than YOU? After all, no one knows you better than you do.
Ask yourself: Am I willing to shift gears if the step I take doesn’t pan out? Can I differentiate between what is right and what is wrong? Am I open to making mistakes and trying again without judgment? Am I loving and compassionate?
These are good questions to ask yourself. If you don’t have faith in YOU, it may be that you haven’t explored these questions yet or enough. Faith CAN be acquired. It just means that you sometimes will have to ask yourself some vulnerable questions.
As we go through this journey, I’d love for us to be able to share our experience.
Love you all!