You all know by now how smitten I was with Oprah’s The Life You Want Tour and how inspired I felt after I left the show. In honor of that fab weekend, I figured I would share some of that inspiration with you!
One of the things that she said that resonated the most with me was:
“Listen to the whispers.”
We all have those whispers, I am sure of that. And I am also sure that all of us will have a different opinion on where those whispers come from. Perhaps you believe that they are your subconscious speaking to you, your gut, your heart or maybe they are even coming from your God. There is no right answer, it is whatever you believe to be true.
What is most important about those whispers, in my opinion, is that you are listening to them. And that they are truly your whispers, not the whispers of your family, friends, society or any other voice that sometimes gets mistaken as our own.
I know I have certainly have had my share of times when I listened to the voices of others instead of my own….and that didn’t lead me any closer to living my best life. Trying to please others was often at the expense of my own happiness and that is no way to live.
I think every person has to find a way that they can get in touch with the whispers inside themselves. For some it might be meditation, going for a walk, writing in a journal etc. For me it has always been running. Running helps me clear my mind so that it can be open and ready to receive my truest thoughts. (Which is one of the reasons I am probably the best version of myself when I am running consistently.)
Once you get in touch with your whispers, you then need to LISTEN and ACT on your whispers. If you don’t listen and act on them, eventually you will find yourself hitting a brick wall and the whispers will turn into yells that say “I told you so!”
I have certainly hit many bricks walls in my life. My marriage to B’s Dad turned into a GIANT brick wall. I ignored the whispers for a long long time and ended up at the brick wall wondering how I got there…but deep down I knew how I got there. I think we all know how we got to those brick walls.
Outside of the brick wall debacle, I would say the most challenging thing about listening to the whispers is that they don’t always offer a clear direction. Perhaps your whispers are giving you a destination but the route to get there isn’t clearly laid out. I know I have a few of those types of whispers in my head lately and I will share two of them with you.
The first is that my heart really wants to have a job where I can drop B off at school and pick him up after school instead of having to use latchkey. I know that it would make both him and I happy but at this time, I am not sure how to get to that point.
The other is that my heart keeps on telling me that it wants to run a marathon. Not just any marathon but a trail marathon. My body keeps on trying to tell my heart that we are not conditioned to do such a thing at this time nor do we have the time to commit to such training. The whisper doesn’t care. It is still there.
For now, I just recognize that those whispers are there and keep an eye out for a route that will get me to those destinations.
So tell me, are you listening to your whispers?
What are they saying?