Have you ever had a moment or walked through a season when you knew what you were called to do – a time when you understood how you serve best, shine brightest and live lightest?
What’s your beautiful design?
What are some activities that harmonize with whom you’re made to be? Not necessarily who you aspire to be (because that can change with seasons) but who you’re uniquely moulded to be. They don’t have to be glamorous or high-volume at all. In fact, they’re more likely to be things you can do without feeling the need to idly check your phone, look at the time constantly or measure its value by money.
Is there purpose in the pace you’ve set? If you haven’t thought much about that until now, doh stress – just an invitation to think about the bpm of your life, your to-do list and your innate essence. Here’s a post on re-setting the pace and volume of your life for the better.
A little example of something i remembered and another thing i discovered after growing beyond having a hustle mindset: i prefer writing over (lengthy) speaking…which is interesting since i’m a singer. I’m just as conscious about using voice as I am about enjoying purposeful pockets of quiet to read, write or recharge.
As a former (involuntary) plant assassin, it was a sweet surprise to discover (about 7 or 8 years ago) that I could be a part of and witness to a plant’s blossoming and flourishing, just by slowing down to enjoy time tending to something. Gardening, like picking fruits and flowers, cooking, going for a walk, swimming, or listening to birds singing gives me a front-row seat to creation in motion. It’s less about me doing this or that and more about being present to a witness what’s being done behind-the-scenes yet in plain sight for all of us. It’s refreshing, not dull or draining…but maybe it is for someone else.
What are 3 things you remember enjoying? How or why were they refreshing? If you’re writing those down in your journal, make room for 3 things you’ll hopefully discover that you can add to that list.
What’s your beautiful design?
- Do you cherish quiet mornings, long walks, country drives, daily siestas, wash days or evening sunsets?
- Does writing in your journal help calm your thoughts and stimulate your mind?
- Do you work best in short sprints or are you more of a marathoner? Is taking in fresh air an important part of your day?
- Is your career editing your character (and if so, is it in a good way)?
- Are you setting aside gifted time to connect with close loved ones or are you pressed to rest right now?
This isn’t an evaluation; just gentle questions. Asking ’cause I remember moving so fast in life that almost everything was a blur, including my purpose, eating habits and wellness regime. Not that that’s all figured out and at full volume at all right now, but some things are better understood and applied than before.
Are you being gentle with or rough on yourself? Comparing your growth to others’ is like comparing the patterns of two different dresses. They’re created differently – intentionally, even if they’re part of the same group.
God made each and every one of us with love. Whether we believe, embrace or reflect it is up to us, but love is embedded into our essence, hemmed into our hearts, embossed on our calling and woven into our walk. That’s why we ache, long and reach for it so. Our very DNA remembers and reaches for it. We intuitively know we’re designed to be handled with care and to pour out love to others; that’s why we feel a way when we see or hear the opposite.
If we live cluttered lives or set and keep an unhealthy pace, our purpose can become a blur…and that’s a trap…a patch of quicksand intended to freeze movement, stunt growth, sprout despair and stir up impatience.
When we recognize (and are internally honest about) our beautiful design, calling, intricacies, tendencies, triggers and best life tempo, a key starts to unlock something within that allows fresh purpose to overflow like sweet water into our lives, relationships, work and walk – all by grace.
Coming from a background of insecurity, shyness and trauma with some pride in the mix, I sometimes feel ‘uncomfy’ talking about having a beautiful design in the first place, but those intermittent feelings don’t mean a thing when examined under the constant light of the truth. Our feelings may inform, but they don’t define.
And so…without any pressure or rush but with ’nuff love, in your own quiet time…consider and remember your beautiful design. Then think of what activities match that melody, and connect the notes one step – one day at a time.
Shared with love,
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