Often we wonder ‘what should I do’? There seem so many choices, so many possibilities. What job should I go for? Where should I live? Should I buy a new car? Should I sell everything and travel the world? Should I start a new hobby? How do I increase my income? How can I help my family? I don’t know what the questions are that you face right now. but I do know this..
You have the answer.
Somewhere inside, the answer already exists. Because if you didn’t have the answer, you couldn’t have asked the question. We’re each one of us actually connected to an infinite source of wisdom, and the reason that we don’t ‘know’ the answer is usually because we’ve got in our own way. We surround ourselves with noise and chatter, drowning out the still, small, quiet urgings of our inner being. Oftentimes we make things too complicated, looking for a complex answer when the solution is far, far simpler. Usually we don’t believe the answer when it comes – surprising ourselves with an inner wisdom that we didn’t ever expect we had.
We need to listen and trust that inner voice that speaks quietly within. Sometimes we need to talk it out loud – when I was facing financial problems a few years back I would get up early in the morning and walk by the river, talking the problem over. Was I talking to myself? Maybe. Was I talking to God? Perhaps. What I do know is that as I verbalised it, answers came. Solutions started to appear.
Often the whole solution won’t appear straight away. As Martin Luther King Jr. reminds us:
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
One of the things about learning to listen to the voice of our soul is that we don’t get all the pieces at once. We get the first step. When we act on that first step, the next piece of the puzzle appears, the next solution presents itself, the next answer comes.
And that might appear in the strangest of places. A chance remark from a friend. The words of a song. A billboard advert. If those words speak to a deeper place inside, then trust them. They are the external evidence of something already happening inside you – because if they were not, then you would never have noticed them – they would have skated past your vision like the rest of the flotsam and jetsam of modern life.
And finally, for those of you who are just learning to listen, a suggestion from Sonia Choquette – choose to wonder. Wonder what the answer might be. Don’t figure it out, don’t ponder it, just wonder. “I wonder if I should move home”. “I wonder if I should go back to school”. Wondering takes the pressure of, and let’s the creative brain take over.
Try it. Trust it. And see what will happen.