a Breath of Fresh Air

Is what you are .

Having withstood all you have , you’re still standing . Upright and bold . Proud yet humble . Joyous yet melancholic . Bright yet somber . Certain yet unsure . Loving yet guarded. Mighty yet meek .

You walk in like a breeze , a gait so gracefully deceptive that the ones that see you cannot possibly fathom the extent to which you endured , stood your ground , and battle after battle , emerged a different colour , a more victorious hue each time . Though  still very much a work in progress , you stride  through each situation with the confidence of being  , as Scripture says it , “more than a conqueror “.

Is what you are.

You know you have the victory even before trouble rears it ugly head , you smile with the innnocent confidence of the believer you are , and sail through the storm , oblivious to the scars you may have incurred along the fight , only to reach the end of it , and acknowledge them as marks of victory, marks of faith and an assurance of the Promise of Grace on your precious life .

And that’s who you truly are !

Precious in the eyes of The One who created you to use you to let His Love and Light shine through you in a world that very much needs it . You ARE precious .

A melody in the making , a rhythm so distinct that you alone possess the copyright to your own life . You  march to the beat of your own drum , yet cautious to ensure that it’s in sync with The Ultimate Rhythm of The Universe . Once assured , there is no stopping you.

Is what you are .

Unstoppable.

In the face of fire and flood , you stand firm in Him , and day after day , as He continues to breathe into you , speck upon speck of the dust you are ; you transform, you change , you metamorphosize.

You are the lion that roars , the eagle that soars , the lotus that blooms , the bird that sings . You uphold the Majesty and Wonder of The Most High . You are old yet new , mature yet child like , authentic yet accepted .

You are a Breath of Fresh Air .

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The World is your Oyster 

Since college years , this has been a catch phrase between my friend and I , as she would , with ever so buoyant a spirit , remind me , ” Simran ! The World is your Oyster!”

It always resonated.  It shall continue to.

And I firmly believe the same holds true for each and every one of us .

What does the World mean to you? To me, it literally means the world.

It’s our little abode in the Planet , where we have been specifically positioned for a designated assignment . We all come from diverse places and different ethnic backgrounds only to show that the diversity that is visible on the outside only  culminates in a unity of Purpose on the inside . We are here for a reason , and while in the pursuit of finding and fulfilling that nebulous , non descript thing called “Purpose ” , I believe in our God given right to take the time to smell the roses along the way and enjoy the journey !

The journey along every crevice of the road , savouring the beauty of the moments that pass by way too swiftly .

It is this journey that forges us into the Pearls we are destined to be !

Just like a natural pearl begins its life inside an oyster’s shell, we too begin our walk in life within a vast canvass of a shell called the “World”. Inherently imbued with love, life, joy, colour , vibrancy , possibility , dreams , affirmations, signs , wonders and miracles , The World is a truly astounding place to be!

It sure isn’t all rosy. There are harsh realities to contend with too. But it is within our strength, that is in sync with the Ultimate Strength, to be able to transform even the cruelest of winters into a cause for growth , learning , contribution, service, truth and the irrefutable joy that is a natural result .

A simple analogy.

A grain of sand enters the oyster’s shell and in response, the Oyster begins to cover the “uninvited visitor” with protective layers of mineral. Little does it know that layer upon layer , the deposits are unitedly culminating in the formation of a beautiful gem: the Pearl .

Only time will reveal the marvel of the story.

Likewise, I believe that we are all rare , unique pearls , still in formation to reveal our full potential and power, within the shell that is the World itself . The World is not a scary place , contrary to what your news broadcast may tell you . It is a protective covering of The Most High within which He chooses to train us, teach us and prune us till we are conformed to His Image as His Children , so that  , in due time , He may exalt us to a place that is truly praiseworthy!

So tell me , what is there to fear ?

You are covered. You are protected . You are under construction , and even when it gets too trying to bear , you always have your Promise in front of you to spur you on , to urge you to see the realisation and manifestation of The Pearl you were always destined to be !

Take heart today.

The world needs you : your gifts , your talents , your treasures , your time , your attention , your presence, but most of all, your heart.

Determine to live , laugh , create , explore, serve , dream , build and advance The Greater Cause of being in this fascinating oxymoronic place called , ” The World”.

I know you will.

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destiny

Often confused with fate, Destiny is actually quite the opposite .

Destiny is the pull, the tug at your soul that draws you out of bed each morning. Destiny is that certainty that there is more to it than meets the eye. Destiny is the assurance that The Highest Source has a plan and purpose so absolutely divine and surreal that you just can’t give up. Destiny is your biggest teacher, imparting lessons in a fashion that the finite human mind simply cannot fathom.

My own experience tells me we often confuse it with fate or a sense of hopelessness. It’s much the opposite really!

Everyone has a role in the Earth that ONLY they can play. Every individual is The Designer’s Original : endowed with such gifts and talents that no other person can ever duplicate. Yes, that includes you. It includes me. Our finger prints are all unique , yet we have a common DNA of The Most High running through our veins. We are all Different , yet One ; and the accomplishment of one person’s destiny has an inevitable impact on the world around them, and consequently, on the World itself.

It’s imperative we not only understand but KNOW that the plan laid out for us does not depend on our History ,though the lessons are definitely drawn from it , which is why one can never despise affliction: the very thing that has afflicted you, I can tell you, is the very thing that will catapult you into the fullness of your Destiny.

Your role, whether it is that of a home maker, mother, teacher , lawyer, doctor , a CEO , artist ( and I can go on !!) is something you have been specifically designed and ordained to play. Your Destiny or your Mission in the role you play is far greater than anything you may have encountered in your History! Your Greatest days are ahead of you, not behind you !! You are loved, accepted and chosen for the fulfilment of your mission that will bring such nourishment and satiety to your soul that no amount of money or worldly comfort can even hope to come close to.

Now THAT is reason enough to make peace , be grateful for the wonderful product in time you have become by Grace , and offer your Whole Self to the work and days ahead of you.

There are times in the Walk to Destiny that you will hit  a wall. But, Do not fret. Trust in the lesson behind it , and as soon as you get it , the situation or circumstance will automatically dissipate.

It has to.

I personally believe in a passionate , purpose driven life myself , a Life More Abundant , but I do know that it’s not a smooth road lest it be boring and mundane !! Challenges and adversity not only shape us towards our Unique Destiny but also prepare us to have the capacity in our hearts to Receive all that is in store .

I do hope that today you will prayerfully determine to take yet another Destiny Step.

Believe in your Person , your Promise , your Potential , your Purpose and Press on!

As you do, I cheer you on!

All my love !

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