“I believe success is achieved by ORDINARY people with EXTRAORDINARY determination.” ~Zig Ziglar

The Spiritual value of pausing

Red lights, closed doors, and sitting idle no longer hinder my dreams or derail my determination to succeed at the very thing I whole-hardheartedly believe GOD has created me to be, and that is a writer with an unbridled passion for creating new energetic beliefs with words. I am alive to breathe written life into those who feel forgotten, invisible, unheard and less than. Why do I know this, because that is how I felt my whole life until I learned to see my own value and stop looking for it in the eyes of those who don’t see the world as I do, for many reasons. I learn from everyone, but I am taught by my life experiences because they are the lessons and blessings that hold the most value for me. I have found that I cannot be in faith and fear simultaneously, therefore its all part of my divine destiny to have fallen down only for the opportunity to rise to the top of my own limitations. I will do my part and show up everyday as a believer who is willing to momentarily “pause” in order to gain the strength to keep going in the correct direction. 

By following the voice within, I have surpassed my own expectations and rendered statistics useless. I have accomplished things in life, and in recovery, that still leave me with a lingering scent of astonishment. I cannot claim victory for these successes all of my own doing because I have been given a power to succeed that defies earthly logic and human strength. From the very moment I surrendered, in faith, my world was energetically transformed. This transformation allows me to accomplish any goal while shattering mental images of “I am not good enough” far beyond what I ever believed to be possible.

Believe You can & You Will

Mental limits are no longer allowed to act as the invisible fences that hold my imagination captive to the false narrative to what someone like me can achieve. Many things were taken from me throughout the years, and many things I have given away because I did not know of their true value. In sobriety, I have found that not all that glitters is gold and that which seemingly holds no value to the common eye will, undoubtedly, be refined into beautiful wisdom. The mark of beauty that I speak of, is the mark of imperfection which breeds pure grit and the resiliency to overcome all odds without losing myself in the process of becoming.

I was made to be who I was born to become. And, who I am is what sets me apart yet also connects me to the core of others. I find true life value not in the ordinary, but in the extraordinary experiences that leave my mind in a state of serenity even when in the midst of chaos. My surroundings are safe, my loved ones are blooming, and my life has taken on a whole new meaning as I shatter the persona of my success. I no longer have to endure habitual routines that steal my peace or falsely manufacture joy for fear of never arriving to my destination. Courage guides me when I cannot see.

Trust Where YOUR Inner GPS is Taking YOU

By staying the course to my dreams, even while sitting idle at red lights and passing by closed doors, I rebuke the idea of selling my soul for less that its true value or short of my goals. My lesson is to learn that I do not need to receive validation from anyone who does not know the value of my lessons. The definition of success is truly in the soul of the beholder and it is a beautiful thing.

What dreams are trapped in YOUR head? 
What passion sits idle in YOUR heart? 
What are YOU afraid to do the most? 

Go and DO that thing, you’ll never regret it!

Cemeteries are full of unfulfilled dreams…countless echoes of “could have” and “should have”…Don’t choose to walk the well-worn path to regret.”

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Contributing Author on Thrive Global.com as Rebecca L. Edwards

Originally published at www.rebeccaledwards.com


  • Rebecca L. Edwards

    A sober author and passionate advocate dedicated to helping teens move beyond the stigma and shame of childhood sexual abuse so that they may find their purpose in healing and recovery.

    Learning how to THRIVE and move beyond life's most difficult challenges with childhood sexual trauma and addiction is incredibly powerful. My new book The NETT, New Evolution in Thinking for Teens, is rooted in transformational awareness that only comes through mastering and now sharing my lived experiences to help those who may still be suffering in silence. "Far and away the best prize life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work that is worth doing." ~Theodore Roosevelt