Right now your power and freedom
lie in your ability
to define a new future rather than
 to linger on a past
that cannot be altered.

Your life is about so much more than what you do.
You are also here to become.
The potential for that transformation
lies hidden within the problems
you encounter.
And so your problems and challenges
are not here to hinder you,
But for you to
realize your Life Purpose

The care you give yourself
Reflects your belief
Of what you deserve.

Could it be that your Life Purpose
is to meet your hardship,
your problems and your suffering
with dignity?

Your shadow
is not there to
create darkness,
but to enable you
to find your light
behind it.

Defining moments,
though sometimes shocking and traumatic,
are moments when you can re-define
who you can be.

In this life,
our ultimate task may not be
to find pleasure,
but to find meaning.

Your life belongs to you.
not because you do not deserve
any better, but
because you are the only one
in the whole world
who can make something of it
and in so doing,
fulfill your life purpose.

In truth, your destiny lies ahead of you like a path of sleeping seeds,
waiting for you to tend them with the water
of your consciousness.
You do not have to do that,
but then you must accept a life without flowers.

Defining Moments

Many years ago, arriving in Africa from the green pastures, the waterways and gentle forests of the Netherlands, I was fascinated by this world of rocks, vast skies and heat. To me, the ancient people of the Southern deserts lived as if on another planet, between red sand and blue stars.

Reading about their customs and means of survival, I learned that during their long journeys on foot through the endless wastes, every so often they would come upon buried hollow eggs filled with water and some basic food. Little caches offering means of refreshment and moving on, buried there some time before by themselves, or by others.

Defining moments in our lives are very much like that: spiritual caches that we come upon once in a while, buried deep within our subconscious. Hidden.  Until some time during our journey an unexpected event knocks our stability, our soul gets stirred and the gift is unearthed. A defining moment offers the possibility for us to (re)define who we can be.

Sometimes such a moment presents itself without mercy, relentlessly carving right across the course of our life and from then on dividing our biography into ‘before’ and ‘after’.

Traumatic events such as a serious illness, depression, loss of job or a divorce can suddenly place you on a threshold. But events that are a normal part of life’s passages, such as empty nest, retirement and old age can also present a crisis.

But the event is the hard shell. Only when you have the courage to open the egg, by accepting that this event too, may have been placed there by yourself, will you find the water that offers means of renewal and moving on.

If you currently find yourself in such a situation you may need some support in the process of integrating your experiences. As a start in your quest for meaning and renewal you will find the counselling of HEART AND SOUL to be especially caring and helpful.