“When nothing is sure, everything is possible” ~Margaret Dabble
Wherever I am, I like to surround myself with things that inspire me.
In my office at work, there are a variety of things I can turn to in a moment’s notice from my insightful word magnets, to my infuser air freshener in a bottle marked “love,” to my amethyst angel, to my smudge spray (believe me, it comes in handy).
And on my desk sits a set of cards with inspirational quotes. Everyday, as I settle into my seat, I pick a quote for the day.
A couple of weeks ago, I pulled this card:
As my day went on, it was clear that it was just going to be one of those days. You know the kind. It was a busy, non-stop, frustration-filled day where it seemed like nothing was going as smoothly as I hoped.
And yet, that quote.
It stayed with me, ringing in my head whenever I called on a deep breath to help calm me in the moment.
I thought of how comforting the words were and how I could have used them so many other times in my past—with other jobs, other relationships, other places, other people.
Those other times I was thinking of were, of course, not easy ones.
It was being in a full-time job day after day, long after I felt it wasn’t right for me.
It was struggling to hold onto a wreck of a relationship despite knowing it was best to let it go.
It was all the tough times I could think of—fights with loved ones, fights with myself and fights with life when things weren’t turning out the way I was imagining it would, should, could.
The reason the quote speaks to me (I’ve kept it out ever since I pulled it) is because so often we question what we are doing, how we are doing it, and whether or not it even matters. We want to see the value in our everyday existence, but sometimes we are not sure what to count or how it’s all adding up.
This is especially true for all you spiritually connected souls—the ones who want so badly to be in line with your true soul purpose.
We look around and question everything—every interaction, email, meeting, memo, look and conversation. It can be exhausting to be on analytic overdrive all the time. We want it all to matter. And when we feel like it’s not, we question that too.
But here’s the thing. Of course it matters.
It matters when all is going well and we deeply feel in flow with the Universe and our inner compass.
And it matters when it feels like our world is crumbling, everything is breaking and we’ve lost our way.
It all matters.
Somehow, no matter the circumstance, you simply have to find a way to believe there is a purpose to where you are, what you are doing and who you interact with.
Here’s why you have to.
In the not so good moments, the chances are you are learning a lesson that will impact the rest of your life. It could be the push you need to make a drastic shift.
And in the moments when it’s all going well, but you are just not sure what the point is, consider your very presence. Just by you being you and showing up in a conscious way means you are impacting those around you whether you know it or not.
Maybe you are the one who’s helping teach someone a lesson on her journey. Maybe the wisdom you share with another is life saving. Maybe the kind words or laugh you give so freely are actually a tonic to someone who needs it more than you realize.
Maybe all those things and a million more are your destiny, day in and day out.
And maybe the impact you’re making, or the ways it’s all coming together for you, won’t be felt for years to come or maybe you are not meant to know it all.
But it matters. All of it does: the seemingly inconsequential moments, the frustrations, the happy coincidences, the struggles, the aha moments, the tiny, beautiful miracles that unfold—it all matters.
Try to remember that when you are staring at a computer screen lost in space, or doing the dishes feeling anxiety about the future, or looking out a window wondering what it all means. It’s tricky to find meaning in the mundane, to see the beautiful in the ordinary. It’s hard to make sense of things that don’t come together all tidy, tied up with a bow.
But it means something.
It means everything.
It’s your life: your beautiful, imperfect, perfect life.
You don’t have all the answers so maybe you don’t know where you’ll be next, but whether you stay where you are or set off to a new adventure is irrelevant. You are where you are now for a reason.
“The place you are in needs you today.”
Repeat it like a mantra when you find yourself wondering. Repeat it like a mantra when you find yourself questioning. Carry those words until you become certain of them.
Trust in that certainty.
Let it anchor you when the tides are tough. Hang tight and keep doing the work. And let certainty fill your sails when you are ready to venture off to a new place. Have the confidence to know you can handle any situation you find yourself in because it is meant for you.
Hang onto this certainty.
Because sometimes it’s all we have. Look around where you are. Trust in your purpose of being in this place. Discover the reason why you have landed here… or don’t.
Trust that even if you can’t see it yet, at some point you will discover a deeper knowing.
Certainty has a funny way of creeping in a minute from now or days, months, and even years later.
No one can know what exactly the future can bring. But one thing is certain: right now you are where you are meant to be.
And that? Sometimes that really is all you need to know.