Faith in the Next Step…

This morning I listened to a song called ‘Lord You’re Mighty’ by a group called Youthful Praise. The lyrics continue to echo in my head as they repeatedly chant: “Lord you’re mighty”…

There are so many reasons that I could cosign with that tune, but right now I just want to hone in on one point – the Lord is MIGHTY because GOD IS EVERYWHERE! I mean literally everywhere! Just look for God in the church and out of the church. You will find God in the flight of the birds and the waving of the trees. God is even on our jobs and in our neighborhoods.

You may be wondering why I’m on this God Love Fest? Well… it’s because this weekend I was struck by the seemingly random yet synchronous events of life! Only GOD could take the seemingly accidental happenings of life and string it together so that it reveals a little bit more about this journey called life.

Let me share what happened.

On Friday, of last week, I decided to participate in a webinar on total body health. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a health nut and the eternal nerd, so I am always seeking to learn something new! While listening to the webinar, the speaker shared that true health involves not only physical health but also mental and spiritual health. She went on to elaborate that health begins with a desire to be healthy and even when we don’t know the next step we have to trust that our desire will guide us in the direction of the information that we seek.

Now fast forward a few days… I was spending some time at my sister’s house and decided to peruse her bookshelf. My fingers for whatever reason stopped on a book entitled The Magic in the Extra Mile by Larry DiAngi. Wasn’t familiar with author, nor his work but for some odd reason I decided to skim through his book. As I peered into the pages, reading some but scanning most, my eyes fell upon these words:

YOU WILL KNOW THE NEXT STEP

How odd! The phrasing of the words in the book was almost identical to the words spoken in the webinar.

It was as if those particular words were being repeated because it was intended for me to not only receive that message but to do something with it!

I now share these same words with you hoping that they inspire you to trust your life path, trust the journey, trust God to give you the next step!

Believe and never stop…

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Life According to Me,

Dr. Donna

www.donnadoctora.com

Twitter: donnadoctora6

The purpose of life…

This past weekend my maternal grandmother passed at the age of 87. The nurse that was with her in her last moments said she did 3 things: first she asked for her children, then she began to profess her love for God, and finally she stopped talking to the nurse and began talking directly to God. After she was done she said she was going to rest. The nurse left her to allow her to sleep. When they returned a little later to do a usual vital sign check, she was gone.

My grandmother’s peaceful passing has me wondering many things about LIFE, why we’re here? Why do we roll over and awaken to a NEW DAY?

There are some who say we live because we still have a PURPOSE to fulfill on earth or as the church folks would phrase it: “I’ve got work to do”.

About 7 years ago I came to the realization that we are each here for a larger and beautiful purpose. So in 2008, I made the commitment to myself that I would discover that purpose and then LIVE it out each and every day that I ARISE to a new morning! And that’s what I’ve been doing, since.

But that leads to me to question, are YOU living your purpose?

Author Srikumar Rao shares his thoughts about purpose in this quote:

“I believe that if you don’t derive a deep sense of purpose from what you do, if you don’t come radiantly alive several times a day, if you don’t feel deeply grateful at the tremendous good fortune that has been bestowed on you, then you are wasting your life. And life is too short to waste”

So, if you aren’t yet living your purpose – I encourage you to not waste another day. Life is precious and never guaranteed; so seize each new morning that you are given.

I have peace about my grandmother’s passing for she lived a long life and death is truly just a part of life. Our physical bodies may pass away, but our spirit lives on. As so eloquently stated by Author Guy Finley:

“Once something has outlived its usefulness in one area of life, its purpose for being in existence is no longer the same. The leaf that captures a stream of sunlight, and then transfers its energy to the tree, serves one purpose in the spring and summer, and another completely different one through the fall and winter.”

I wish you abundance, courage, and a purpose filled life.

Life According to Me,

Dr. Donna

www.donnadoctora.com

Find and Work your Purpose

Purpose is the reason for one’s life. It’s often said that our purpose on earth is to help one another. There are an infinite number of ways to help. But we are all different. Therefore, our unique purpose is identified when we find our individual way of helping others.

Purpose is such a central piece of who we are that most of us spend life trying to identify our purpose.

Do you know your purpose?

Do you know what special contribution you were created to do in order to help others?

If you’re wondering how to identify your purpose, the first place to start is to consider your gifts. For when we find a way to use our talents to help others, we have discovered our purpose.

Here are a few quotes on the idea of purpose:

  • The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others – Philosopher Albert Schweitzer
  • I believe that God has put gifts and talents and ability on the inside of every one of us. When you develop that and you believe in yourself and you believe that you’re a person of influence and a person of purpose, I believe you can rise up out of any situation – Pastor Joel Osteen
  • I believe that if you don’t derive a deep sense of purpose from what you do, if you don’t come radiantly alive several times a day, if you don’t feel deeply grateful at the tremendous good fortune that has been bestowed on you then you are wasting your life. And life is too short to waste – Author Srikumar S. Rao

I mentioned earlier that identifying one’s purpose is an important part of life. Not only because it allows us to help others, but also because with purpose we experience an increased sense of fulfillment, joy, and peace – in day to day life.

So are you willing to discover your purpose? If you’re needing a resource to help you figure it out, take a look at this quiz from Oprah’s website: http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Who-Are-You-Meant-to-Be-Self-Assessment-Quiz

This year, may you endeavor to find more fulfillment, joy, and peace in your life!

Life According to Me,

Dr. Donna

Are you enjoying life?

I have been in a very reflective mood today. It seems that I am divided between two different places, the me I am today (that is based upon past decisions resulting in my present circumstances) and the me I know I shall be in the future (that is based on the decisions I’m making now, even in this very moment).

At times it feels hard to reconcile those two Donnas, the one of yesterday and the one of tomorrow. The Donna of old is familiar but her life was stunted and without purpose. However, the Donna of new is propelled by a clear vision of things to come but she is still unknown. She holds great promise but the future is not yet here. So it leaves me with the unknown… The unknown, don’t we all fear the things we are uncertain about?

It is within these moments of contemplating an ambiguous future that I start to question: “am I enough to make it?” and “do I have what it takes?”

It’s so common to be hesitant about the unknown, but fear can cause us to drift back into old habits, settle for less than we deserve, and give up on desired dreams. And if the reaction to run or turn back is so typical, what will make me any different?

I don’t know.

But I am certain that I made myself a promise to never stop trying, even in moments where things are unclear and my future on shaky ground.

I share this hoping you get the message that you must keep moving forward, for each step (no matter how small) is a sign of progress, which brings you one inch closer to the finish line. Don’t waste today, for it’s your actions today (in this moment) that will provide the open doors of tomorrow (your future).

In the book the Untethered Soul, Author Michael Singer states: “… you have limited time left in your life, and what’s really not reasonable is to not enjoy life.” So what are you willing to do today to start living a life that you enjoy?

For the life you’re living today is setting up the life you shall live in the future…

I am still in contemplative mode – trying to exercise my patience muscle so that I can allow the Donna of the present to catch up with the Donna of my future. Until then I am going to work on enjoying the life I’m living right now.

Life According to Me,

Dr. Donna

Life Purpose: Tips from Besties Oprah & Gayle King

Recently, business had me needing to increase my airplane travels. During one of those flights, I decided to peruse the newspaper that my mother gave me earlier that day. As I glanced through the issue, I came across an article about Gayle King. The interview focused on her discussing her professional career. Although the entire conversation was interesting, what grabbed my attention most was her statement that “we all have to figure out what works best for us”. Ms. Gayle offered that comment when describing that in order to find happiness in life, we each needed to define that for ourselves. This one single line resonated with me because earlier that morning, prior to heading into the airport, I had taken an online quiz provided from the Oprah’s Life You Want Weekend resource library.

I have previously blogged about the Oprah Weekend, you can read about it here: https://donnadoctora.com/2014/09/08/oprah-life-you-want-weekend-entry-3-highlights-from-the-weekend/

Now, back to the online quiz that I took. The results of the quiz suggested that I scored highly in the areas of Self-control, Life purpose, and Self-awareness. I was able to rate well in these areas because at this stage of life, I am living with a very clear purpose. I must admit that it feels absolutely awesome that I rated my life purpose so highly and that I wake up each day invigorated because my life has meaning. I guess this is the fruit that comes from loving what you do!

But, isn’t it ironic that besties Oprah and Gayle King are so in-sync that within the same 24 hours – I was taking a quiz about my life’s purpose from one and reading an article about defining life from the other. I don’t believe in mere coincidence/happenstance, so I thought it was pretty cool that these two seemingly isolated events occurred on the same day!

And what was even more mind blowing was the fact that this was all taking place on the tail end of my participation in the NYC Pitch Conference.

I have previously blogged about the NYC Pitch Conference, you can read about it here: https://donnadoctora.com/2014/12/17/the-difference-of-a-day-your-american-idol-moment/

There I was completing a conference that validated the notion of me “the writer”, and then I received indirect confirmation from Oprah and Gayle that life is indeed about how we define it for ourselves!

In January 2014, I created a vision board and saved it as my laptop screen saver. Within that vision board, one image simply states “social-emotional leader”. Slowly, but surely I am working my way towards manifesting that statement. I feel blessed that I have discovered my life purpose and I am working within it!

It is what I wish for each of you – to be given the vision of why you are here on Earth… to discover what is your bigger mission… to figure out what you can do to leave this place, our world, a little bit better than you found it. Go OUT and define your purpose!

From Dreaming to Living the Impossible Dream (A Prayer to the Father)

This morning before rolling out of bed, to begin the day, I laid in bed and started speaking to God. My morning ritual typically begins with a word of thanks to God, but this morning the word of thanks included just a little bit more. You see I ran across a tweet by Sandi Krakowski, which stated “Ask God to put you in the right place at the right time with the right people and the right open doors! ASK ASK ASK that is the key friends!” I had no prior knowledge of Sandi Krakowski, but there she was telling me exactly what I needed when I needed it!

So back to this morning…

I thanked God for: 1) health, 2) life, 3) peace, 4) purpose… You see I no longer take any of these things for granted. I wake up each morning feeling that I am on solid footing because I am alive, I am well, I feel whole & happy (ON THE INSIDE) despite my external circumstances, and I know my life’s purpose!

After expressing thankfulness, I decided to take Sandi Krakowski’s advice; advice that I have heard previously while reading books about the Law of Attraction (e.g., Ask And It Is Given)…

So, I asked God for, 1) open doors, where they don’t yet exist, 2) open windows when doors are not there, 3) the ability to fully live out my purpose (i.e., Social Emotional Leader) to a level that even I don’t yet realize, and 4) to be in the right place, at the right time, with the right people so that my desires and my purpose can be fully borne out… Now That’s a TALL ORDER!

But, I believe in a God who does the impossible… so why not shoot for the stars! And because I truly believe this – why not take the action steps to make the impossible – possible…

Initially I said to myself: I intend to live the dreams that seem impossible 🙂  After some reflection I reframed that initial thought into: I am living the dreams that seem impossible! Now that’s a kick azz mantra!