I also had lots of dreams to travel to distant lands and learn others’ cultures, help those in need and of course be swept away by a handsome prince.
My reality living on a rural farm in Georgia at age 14 seemed far away from my dreams.
I was at the age where absolutely everything was dramatic and any hurtful or unpleasant situation seemed endless.
As time went on, I was able to see that dreams can come true.
However, it is not always on the time table or in the way we think it will unfold.
Life has a beautiful way to unfold and reveal the answers to our pondered questions.
Here are 6 KEY LIFE LESSONS I have learned through the “OLD BARN WINDOW”.
1. The struggles and trials of life are temporary.
The other many trials that have come along since then have also passed.
I am learning to lean on these trials with more grace and trust, knowing all things will work for my good if my heart is in the right place and love is my motive.
2. If you take time to retreat, dream and set your intention, the reality can come to pass.
As I continue to physically separate myself periodically from my daily routine, and get away with the intention to rejuvenate and get clear on my purpose and course for my life, it sets in motion the details necessary for the pieces to come together to manifest.
3. Loving and being gentle with yourself, instead of, self destructive behaviors will lead you to your dreams.
As I have been learning to truly cherish the gift of who I am and the choices to nourish my body, soul and spirit, my choices have positively shifted.
The more I truly honor and love myself, the more I can feel clarity and peace to love others, which ultimately has opened the doors to a clear path to knowing and living my purpose.
4. What matters most is not whether or not other people like or love you, but that you love yourself and others no matter what.
I remember feeling so nervous around the “in crowd” that I would have knots in my stomach, and almost felt like passing out.
Rerouting my thoughts to truly understanding the frailty and humanity in all of us has freed me from the attachment to others’ acceptance, while realizing and knowing I am fearfully and wonderfully made just as I am.
5. Going confidently in the direction of your dreams will light the way to achieving them.
Taking steps of faith towards what I want instead of staying in a neutral space has begun to open the doors to my dreams.
6. What matters most is not others’ opinions of you, but that you are standing firm in your truth and staying your course.
Realizing that no matter what anyone says about me really doesn’t matter as long as I am walking the path of truth and light.
Staying my course with confidence has protected that tender little girl in the old barn window that has wanted and needed acceptance from others.
The window of your “old barn” is waiting for you to re-connect to your dreams and help guide you beyond your self-limiting beliefs.