I'll never forget one of my first professional mediumship readings. By all accounts, it was pretty amazing. No, it was really amazing! I had a great connection with a man in Spirit, and I nailed his personality, his sentiments, and the evidence he was offering to his loved one here in the earthly plane. It was a touching reading filled with love, tears, and healing.
A funny thing happened though. After the reading, I left feeling like an enormous failure. When I asked Spirit for evidence, he gave me personal messages. When I asked for personal messages, he gave me evidence. The nuts and bolts of a fantastic reading were all there, they just weren't quite arranged in the order printed in the instruction manual.
My pity party lasted only moments. Fortunately Spirit stepped in and made me look back at how far I'd come. After all I was the same girl who agonized for months just wondering if I was equipped to be a medium. I was the same girl who fretted and pondered my decision to pursue an education in mediumship. I was the same girl who longed desperately to offer healing to grieving hearts.
So here I was, that same girl, this time doing the work, and doing pretty darn good work if I do say so myself. Somehow, though, I had overlooked how far I'd come in a short period of time. I overlooked the fact that I had taken off the training wheels and was feeling the wind in my hair. I overlooked the fact that regardless of how far I had yet to go, I had already come pretty darn far!
If I hadn't taken just a moment to look back at how far I'd come, my progress may have been halted altogether.
My experience with New Year resolutions is the same. We have our eyes set so intently on the prize, that we neglect to reflect on and celebrate our successes. We become so focused on dangling that carrot a little bit further, and a little bit further, and a little bit further, that we don't allow ourself to pause for one moment to just nibble on the darn carrot.
This month (the month that most New Year resolutions fall to the wayside) I urge you to do just that: nibble on that carrot. It's great to have goals, after all, but don't lose sight of where you've come from and all you've accomplished. When you kick off those training wheels, give yourself time to celebrate those successes before you set right in on riding no-handed. Give yourself the proverbial pat on the back and feel free to throw in a "Wow, I did all that!"
The soul of the matter is that you are perfect. You are whole. You are loved. ... And you are successful!
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