Donned with ferry lights , visual art , inspirational quotes and a kitchen door that much to my surprise screamed ” CREW “in bold green letters ( instead of a more conservative response , clearly I felt at home ) ,
This was one of a kind .
Everything about it was intimate and inviting , intriguing and inspiring .
Strolling through the marketplace abuzz with activity , my effervescent friend and Senior in Faith by my side along with her son , I was already feeling transported to a different space: a space that craved silence in the midst of the noise , an adventure within itself ( and how many of us really do feel that , I wonder ? )
My spiritual lens were already activated , and as such , it was only natural that not only this cafe , but even this peculiar quote would grab my attention.
And so it goes :
” if you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love , you have to find the courage to live it ” .
At first glance , it seemed to strike a chord and I was impressed .
Three words hit me :
Luck. Love. Courage.
Once home , I delved a bit deeper , only to realise that the one word that links it all up in a composition of exemplary symphony , without needless effort or striving ; was , in fact , missing .
I shall save the best for the last .
To quote Oprah , luck is literally when preparation meets opportunity. I concur , hence I quote .
Under the ordinary set of circumstances , this places us at an advantage . We work hard , and the Universe , mystic as it is , always conspires in the direction of our bravest , seemingly impossible dreams .
That’s luck !
From the looks of it , we got it !
Now if we are smart enough to know how to get ” lucky ” , I am most certain we are smart enough to discern our God given gifts and talents : things we are endowed with in spirit only to serve as instruments and catalysts shaping our God given Purpose and Destiny , things without which life seems a bit empty , a bit selfish , a tad bit too meaningless !
So we discern , with a lot of help from the Heavens !
Discerning however , is not enough . We follow through . Past the intimidation and rejection , the risks and the self sacrificial cost of it all , we follow through .
With what though ?
That special instinct for music ?
That penchant for jewellery designing ?
That body and soul you knew was designed to dance ?
That bent towards communications ?
That passion for justice ?
That innate ability to manage your calendar well ?
That gift of hospitality?
That inclination and drive to raise the next generation?
That inherent endowment of a personality so magnetic that people can’t fathom what it is about you they are drawn to ?
That intrinsic need to want to teach everywhere you go ?
Whatever your “that” is , I am here to remind you it is your “that” which is your “is” .
That IS your gift , your calling and even your commitment .
It ought to be your Conviction , and mine too ;
a conviction so deep and steely that it gives birth to God given dreams , visions , ministries and legacies .
For it is my firm belief that a life based on such convictions is a life not only based on the right foundations , but one that is unparalleled in the measure it brings you joy , peace , soul satisfaction; and of course , love !
That IS a way of life to LOVE indeed !
The courage to live the way of life you love ?
You will need the courage , the grit , the resilience and the tenacity to stand your ground in the face of all opposition and persecution . Indeed you will .
But I have some good news , folks !
And this is where I break the suspense .
The one strength that makes such a seemingly daunting task effortlessly possible is PASSION !
Because once you find that thing you truly love , PASSION takes control of your soul . Passion , in my experience , is the No. 1 driving force behind anything worth doing or achieving.
Passion , anchored in sound ideals and a firm foundation in Faith .
Passion , attached to a burning desire to positively impact the world around you .
Passion , grounded in humility , so it has roots to stand and wings to fly .
Passion , that stems from a wisdom to hone your gift and talent not only so you can enjoy the satisfaction it brings , but use it to spread joy and give back to the community in a way ONLY you can .
It makes you do things you wouldn’t perhaps take a chance on otherwise.
PASSION serves as the fuel to give you the COURAGE to tread uncharted territory in the pursuit of your Calling ; a journey , that in itself , is an evidence of your LUCK at having ” found” it , needless to say the LOVE that abounds within it , and the realm of endless possibility that is your Promise .
A lot can happen over coffee .
What say ?