3 Full Signs You’re Moving Forward (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 124)
“Purpose is the reason you journey. Passion is the fire that lights your way.”
Growth is a lifelong process. When we stop growing, we essentially stop living. Growth arrives in many forms and by a plethora of opportunities. If we are blind to those opportunities by the present activities of this very moment, we may never get to live the life we intend to live. Growth is always slow and never easy. You can’t see a plane move from 30,000 feet below, but you know it is moving. Sometimes, you have to pick your head up out of the project you’re working on long enough to see that you’re not on step A anymore, you’re on step E. That means you’re moving forward.
Here are three more signs you’re moving forward in life even if you don’t feel it:
1. When you begin to let passion drive you. The things you are passionate about will never go away. Passion gives life to ideas and draws a crowd wherever you dare to start a fire. Passion means you get up everyday excited (at least on the inside) about your goals, dreams, and aspirations. So excited, in fact, that you can’t wait to work toward them. You’ve made serious changes in your life so you can pursue your passion. You are aware of your talents, gifts, skills, and abilities. Because of this you feel empowered to connect with others and contribute to the world around you.
2. When you’ve stopped judging others. It’s a test that many people don’t pass. We seem unable to realize that all people are entitled to their point of view. No two people are called to walk the same journey. You’ve realized that it is easier to criticize, to judge, to compare, and to blame, and you know that such behavior and attitudes are never helpful. Instead of judging, you’ve learned to listen and try to understand the other person’s viewpoint and line of thinking. Being less judgmental makes space in your soul to be calm and leaves your energy reserved for seeking mutual respect.
3. When you intentionally focus on today. This is a big one, but you’ve learned to accept the fact that your real life is happening right now. It is okay to plan for the future and to reflect on the past but not to the neglect of living in the present. You know that every minute you spend worrying about the future or dwelling in the past, is a minute of life you will never get back in the present. You’ve realized that spending time intentionally focused on the moment you’re in alleviates stress and anxiety. Focusing on your life right now while working towards the life you want a year or two from now is the balanced sweet spot.
“Passion will move men beyond themselves, beyond their shortcomings, beyond their failures.”
— Joseph Campbell