The world is brimming with ideas, but few act as vessels.

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Vision alone will not carry you to the mountaintop. Photo by JessicaJoseph/Unsplash

Ideas are like visitors.

At least, that’s the way Elizabeth Gilbert puts it.

To her, ideas are entities separate from the mind and self. (She’s also noted that the Romans used to think of “genius” as a disembodied, creative spirits that live in the walls of an artist’s home, but after the Renaissance, and we stopped saying we “have” genius, and started saying we “are” genius.)

That linguistic separation has led us to believe that we alone are the generators of ideas, but we aren’t. …


See life through your future self’s eyes, the way it might be.

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To become who we are, we must stop choosing what we aren’t. Photo by JessicaJoseph/Unsplash

If you want to have an entirely different life by this time next year, then once you are finished reading this, I will need you to do one thing and one thing only: I will need you to close your eyes and imagine the very best possible version of yourself.

I don’t mean the most productive, or the most physically perfect. I don’t mean someone else’s definition of who you are supposed to be. I mean the one you reach deep into your soul and allow to emerge. I mean your most peaceful self, rested self, aligned self. …


You are becoming the person who can finally take the leap.

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Photo by Fabrice Villard on Unsplash

The world isn’t withholding your future from you. The universe doesn’t delay. There are no purgatories in life, no waiting periods.

There is only the space between realizing where you’re meant to be and feeling you’re ready to go there. This is where you phase out of denial, release the anchors, the attachments, the false beliefs. This is not punishment for being unfinished, it’s a sacred part of your journey.

You are not stuck.

You are just becoming the person who can finally take the leap.

Your life is a self-paced journey.

You are where you are because you feel it’s where you need to be. …


Nobody was meant for one path.

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“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself” — Leo Tolstoy. Image by Charlie Wollborg/Unsplash

Your life will be a series of inhales and exhales, and I don’t mean how your body consumes oxygen and expresses carbon.

I mean that becoming yourself is a series of building and undoing, trying and failing, showing up and sometimes, turning away.

Because when we do not know how to gently start over, then we do not know how to live.

Nobody was meant for one path.

It’s only how we respond to the moment, how we adapt, how we inch closer to our truest selves, that we ever start to feel as though we know why we are here. …


Once the day has ended, and you are done talking about all that is wrong, what will you have done with your own life?

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“It is the task of the enlightened not only to ascend to learning and to see the good but to be willing to descend again to those prisoners and to share their troubles and their honors, whether they are worth having or not.” — The Allegory of the Cave, Plato. Image by Joshua Sortino/Unsplash

Once the day has ended, and you are done talking about all that is wrong, once you have settled into the dim quiet, what will you have done with your own life?

Once you are finished criticizing other people and the way they look and who they’ve chosen to be with and what they are or are not doing, what will you have done with your own life? Once you are finished waxing poetic about all the wrongs that exist, for which there are more than most can comprehend, what will you have done with your own life?

Will you have added to the noise, or will you have brought clarity? Will you have offered your energy up to the figureheads, the supposed saviors, or will you have harnessed it for your own? Will you have criticized others’ offerings, or will you have made something of what you were given? Will you have just noticed the bad, or will you have added any good? …


A poem about deep knowing.

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Photo by Dyu - Ha on Unsplash

One day

you will know the truth

of who you are,

and all things that are.

That truth will be simple,

and it will be beautiful


A poem about the power of slow steadiness.

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Photo by Ashim D’Silva on Unsplash

The water does not climb over mountains

It finds the easiest path

And it flows

Mother’s most shaping weapon

Is the subtle flow of water

That can corrode and carve and change

And the same is true

Of whatever flows through our souls


A poem about not letting fear stop you.

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Photo by Mitchell Trotter on Unsplash

The grasses don’t stop growing because they fear wildfires

or the stomping of wild cows to uproot them with their teeth

If it comes, it comes

You can’t hold your breath wondering,

What if I fall from the edge?

Well, what if you never see the view?

Which question do you want to haunt you?


A poem about remembering there is enough for us all.

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Photo by Jonas Weckschmied on Unsplash

The light does not choose who to shine upon

It beams, it radiates, it spreads to every open space

All of the grass on the entire earth

does not have to compete for the rays of sun that nourish it,

there is enough for every blade,

all the billions of them,

and that is the lesson.


They already exist, you just have to discover them.

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Unsplash/Akshay Paatil

A popular tool in psychotherapy is something called inner child work, or the process of imagining and reconnecting with your younger self. In this process, you can offer yourself guidance, even going back to certain traumatizing events and readdressing them with the wisdom you have now.

But more often, the process of reconnecting with your inner child is to let them communicate with you. It is how you can rediscover your inherent desires, passions, fears, and feelings.

The process is akin to reverse engineering, which is when you identify the end goals for your life and then work backwards to see what you need to do each day, week, month, and year to get there. …

About

Brianna Wiest

Writer. For my books and mentoring sessions, visit www.briannawiest.com, or reach me here: info@briannawiest.com.

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