How did I get here?

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How DID I get here?

Where is here?  Right here. Right now.  Doing whatever I am doing?

How did you get where you are? Right here. Right now.  Doing whatever it is that you are doing?

It takes some looking back. Some looking around.

It takes an imagination and a memory.

It takes honesty. humility. courage.

It takes a stepping back. a stepping apart from who you are.

So, How did you get here?

It has been a long long road with a ton of twists and turns, tunnels, stops, backing up, going forward, looking ahead, looking behind, looking around.

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Here is where I am.  Seldom do we take the time to assess, truly assess where and who we are right now, and then look back on how we got here.

The more I do that, the more I am absolutely amazed at how far I have actually grown and changed and become more of what I want to be.  When we focus only on the present or the future, we may get discouraged because we aren’t where or what we want to be.  But have you glanced back there?

Have you looked at who and where you were? last year? five years ago? ten? Longer?

I look back and see someone who thought they had it all under control on the outside.  Hurting on the inside.  Someone who had many vices and crutches, wishes and dreams, someone who was scared and desperately wanted everything tied up neatly in a list of how and what to do in order to do life right.

I look back. And the places where I see the most positive growth are either the really hard places when life fell apart and I had no idea how to get one foot in front of the other, but I knew I just needed to keep plodding along.  And those scary places that were partly exciting because they were new paths with no clear end or set of rules.  New beginnings when I felt a call to move in a direction and without having all the answers trustingly took that step forward and waited for a call to take the next step and the next.

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What do these two different types of experiences have in common?

I was not in control!  I was blind and trusting.  I was leaning on my creator as my loving guide.

This God-sized dream has those same qualities so, I am excited to see what God has planned.

 

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5 Responses to How did I get here?

  • Mandy says:

    Looking back as encouragement for the future–a great exercise in moving forward! As I was reading, it did make me stop and think back to how I responded to tough situations. A good exercise:) Keep dreamin’!

    • Heather says:

      The past few years I have often found encouragement in looking back. It really does help to see how far we have come. I’m glad you found it helpful. Thank you for your encouragement and for sharing your dreams as well.

  • jennifer says:

    Looking Back? For years I refused to dwell on my past..I created a brick wall mental block! It was too painful, to hurtful, to shameful or too darn embarrassing! Now slowly..as God empowers me too…I look back and I see ahhh…If I had not gone thru THAT I would not be THIS! Or I am better suited to handle a situation because of my past..How did I get HERE you ask? Ha Ha at first my cynical mind threw out a bunch of remarks to that question…then my quiet self answered…”I got here because God wants me to be here, and I am pretty joyful her, trusting Him!”
    Loved this..thanks a lot I needed to be reminded my past only made me stronger!

  • What a great message, Heather! It’s so easy to get caught up in the things we’re lacking even when there are so many things we already have. Thanks for having (and sharing) this terrific perspective!
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