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What Your Genius Really Wants

Continuing thoughts from my last post: You're Pure Genius.

Recently, my husband and I were discussing our future plans which led to a conversation about goals and "wants." Kevin put forth the idea that perhaps we humans spend too much time "wanting." We live our lives in the future awaiting a hoped-for boon while experiencing a constant state of dissatisfaction and lack in the present. That may be true for some, but I wonder if anything would move us forward in life without the motivation of desire for a little bit more. It was the desire for flight that gave us air travel, the desire for connection that gave us social media, and the desire for colorful choices that gave us Target. Mike Dooley calls it "the divine sense of incompletion."

Feeling Incomplete does not make you so. It’s how legends are born, giants are made, and history is written. It’s why you’re here. ~ Mike Dooley in a Note From the Universe

What I'm beginning to realize is that what we truly want in life is actually not far out of our reach. We only need to use our unique genius as a compass and trust that the God who created us had a purpose in mind, and therefore wants us to achieve that purpose. It's we ourselves who put up barriers, usually built of fear or misunderstanding. We stay within our comfort zones because we're afraid. We insist on going after shiny prizes only to discover it wasn't what we wanted after all. And we are the ones who don't believe it's possible despite the genius we possess and the countless anecdotes of others, just like us, who have done the "impossible."

Often what we really want, once we drill down to it, is intangible. We may say we want to be successful, but what does that mean? To one person it may mean making more money. But is it really about money or the financial security and freedom the money will provide? Another person may want recognition, but is it really about praise or how it will make them feel more worthy or loved? It's precisely those intangible aspects that make what we want so much more accessible. It allows us to inch our way past our barriers. The key is first discovering what we really want under all the shiny surfaces. Then, following the guidance of your genius, find a way to get a hint of that into your life as soon as possible. That's what brings an impossible dream within reach.

In 2015, while recovering from surgery, this table was where I created 71 paintings in 3 months for a solo show.

According to the old aphorism, "necessity is the mother of invention." Rather than waiting for that mother to come along, find a way to create the life you want now. The tiniest bit of movement in that direction will create momentum as you've never imagined. It's right there, just a heartbeat beyond your fears, waiting to take your hand.

...and then came the day when the risk it took to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom... ~Elizabeth Appell

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Remember, All Creation Matters, including you. 💜



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