Every week, a theme emerges in my healing work with clients. This week, many of my clients seemed to feel disappointed. They wanted their lives to progress faster. They felt unsatisfied. They wanted more money, more freedom, and more fulfilling life experiences. They weren’t sure what to do about their disappointment and they just wanted to move through the heavy feelings as quickly as possible.
Disappointment teaches us about our needs and what we expect to receive in our lives. We all have expectations, hopes, and desires about what we will experience in our relationships, in our job opportunities, and in daily lives. When we don’t get what we desire or need by a certain point in our lives, we feel disappointed. Perhaps you feel that you should have met your soulmate by now. Or maybe you have been working very hard for years to become more financially secure, but that big payday still hasn’t come yet. You feel restless, like you’re waiting for Life to present the next clue or opportunity, but that clear guidance hasn’t yet arrived.
When you feel restless and disappointed about your life, it’s a sign that you need to slow down and see who you’ve become. Rather than looking at a slow down in the progress of your life as a set back or negative development, take advantage of this time to reflect on how far you’ve come in your life.
I challenge you to look in the mirror and ask yourself “Who have I become?” Observe your own eyes in that reflection. Have you grown? Have you matured in some way or developed a new skill? When the pace of your life is moving too fast for you to self-witness, then you won’t fully appreciate your accomplishments and the strides in your personal growth. But this isn’t because Life hasn’t provided you with enough stimulus to grow, rather it’s because you haven’t valued yourself enough to take a few moments to look in the mirror. See the shiny being that resides behind those eyes.
This week’s challenge exercise is to take 15 minutes to look in the mirror and ask yourself the following questions:
- What do I see when I look into my eyes?
- Who have I become?
- What have I accomplished in my life?
- What do I long to experience next?
Extra credit if you write down your responses and share it with a friend who does the same exercise with you! It’s time to slow down and acknowledge how far you’ve come in your life.
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