It was a hard day. After many months of waiting to add two children to our family through adoption, we were given a background report on the siblings. What we learned about them is personal, but no matter, hearing information about two potential family members who have been without love for years is emotionally draining. The mama bear in me is left longing to fix, fix, fix! But thankfully, I had a life coaching session booked for later that night. My coach walked me through one of my favorite things — a visualization of my future self! She had me picture two mountain peaks and standing on one was my current self and on the other was my future self. This visualization got me out of my head and into a new perspective.
I first was told to observe my “current self.” This was easy as I am pretty self-aware. I saw myself standing tall wearing big, dangly earrings and vibrant lipstick (of course). My hair was pulled back into my signature messy-bun with a patterned headband to hold back the flyaways. I quickly grew bored as I waited on the mountain, so, naturally, I did some less-than-perfect freestyle dance moves to keep me entertained!
Across the way stood my future self. She was honoring her calling and had seen way more of life than I had. She had actually seen a lot of heartache and was left battered and bruised more times than she could count. But despite the brokenness she experienced, she was content. Her eyes were pools of wisdom and her plain appearance symbolized that she didn’t rely on her outward self to reflect her inner chaos. She was at peace.
There is more to the visualization, but I want to end here because what related to our adoption process is that the journey to my future self is going to be hard. Not only will I reluctantly wade through pain, but I’ll have to carry the pain of those I love, too. That’s scary! I’m not equipped! I selfishly just want to remain my messy-bun, bad-dancer self and call it a day! But the peaceful, wise woman reminds me of the beauty found in a simple, content life. And I am confident that life awaits me on the other side!
When you find yourself scared of the future, take a moment and picture your future self. Who are you? What are you willing to accept about the journey that gets you there? If you aren’t satisfied with who you see in the future, start making changes TODAY! If you love what you see, remain hopeful and keep walking in that direction! Though you may feel unequipped for God’s call on your life, know that He will supply you with what you need to become who He created you to be!
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