Patiently Seeking Wisdom

The search for wisdom is both enlightening and should be always active along our shared journey. In the coming days and weeks we’ll be taking an indepth look at wisdom and our inherent ability to seek and find it. 

I’ll talk more about that in a few moments, however first I ask for some patience as in preparation for this undertaking we first need to review the week that was, here on “Becoming Today”.

The week began with us Falling Into Change

Without a doubt seasons change. This is true not only on the calendar but for each of our lives as well. This week, Wednesday (September 22nd) marks such a passage in time. We will welcome the Autumnal (or Fall) Equinox. 

This day could be perceived as when the darkness starts to win. I’m not giving that deep meaning, rather I giggle asI type it, because it’s the day when we start to have less illumination in our day – for the next three months, the number of hours of daylight will continue to grow shorter. 

Do not despair, it’s not all about darkness in growing cycles, Autumn gives us ripeness and maturity. The harvest season is associated with abundance, prosperity, wealth and maturity.

It’s part of our circle of life, the Sacred Hoop, another revolution along our shared path that if we choose to allow it can be a time of learning, growth and further development.

In the Scriptures,  the passage often referred to as “A Time For Everything”, outlines the many changing seasons we all experience in life. It outlines the constant cycle of “Becoming”. In fact 28 specific times or seasons are mentioned  in this one passage. 

Now on “Becoming Today”, as part of our examination of ourselves and our shared paths we’ll  take note that not included in those examples is a very important aspect;  none of the 28 mention a time to quit.

Much of “Becoming” involves embracing the need for change, it is the only way in which we can truly grow, develop and realize our potentials.  Life is a process. A repetitive one. We learn, grow, become then question, learn, grow and continue “Becoming”.

Waiting…

Changes can be quick, sudden, even unexpected but  more often than not they are gradual and develop over time. This process also involves effort, dedication and commitment.

Now on “Becoming Today” we’ll discuss what to do when you’re waiting to embrace change. 

Expectancy

The act or state of looking forward to some occurrence; example ‘that feeling of optimistic expectancy that fills theatergoers as they wait for the curtain to rise”

The state of being expected occurs with an expectancy slightly greater than usual

Synonyms for expectancy:

anticipation,

contemplation

expectance

expectation

prospect

assumption

assurance

belief

calculation

confidence

conjecture

expectation

hope

likelihood

outlook

prediction

presentation

presentiment

presumption

Probability

prospect

reliance

supposition

surmise

suspense

trust

view

waiting

looking forward

An example of expectation is a belief that you should behave in a proper or fitting manner.

In terms of “Becoming” it can also affect our momentum as in ‘A looking forward to; anticipation’.

It is also, ‘a reason for looking forward to something; prospect for the future, as of advancement or prosperity.That which is expected or looked for.’

Living expectantly is trusting in faith, obedience and patience that we can be all we ever want to be “Becoming”.

So then you need to quit being a procrastinator. If your first response to this is, ‘why would I want to do that?’  Well then this is not a post for you. For the rest of us, overcoming procrastination and sometimes procrastinators is something we all have to address in this process of “Becoming”. 

To begin with, procrastination is not being lazy. Procrastination is a choice. It is an active process. The individual is making a conscious decision to choose to do something else instead of the task that they know They should be doing. Whereas laziness is an attitude. The lazy person  is often apathetic, prefers inactivity and generally has adopted an unwillingness to act.

Procrastination can involve not only ignoring an unpleasant task or a difficult decision but always involves  failing to undertake a more important task, instead opting to do one that is more enjoyable or easier.

Like all poor decisions there are ramifications. Serious consequences including feelings of guilt and shame. It can also lead us towards a pattern of reduced productivity and failure to achieve our goals, thereby restricting us from “Becoming”.

Extended periods of procrastination can also lead to a complete lack of motivation, disillusionment and depression. 

Overcoming procrastination and living an expectant life are keys to waiting. They ensure your days are “Becoming” more fulfilled, productive and rewarding. However they are not quick fixes or things that are ‘ one and done”. Repetition of these behaviors to the point of them “Becoming” habitual are needed. That’s where we’ll continue our discussion of this changing season on “Becoming Today”.

Invest In Yourself

Before we can accelerate into our future, we need to carefully and thoughtfully put things in reverse for a moment, back up, and unload, so we can continue on with plenty of space for our new attitudes, understandings and development.

You can not create a state of “Becoming”, if you aren’t willing to let the former or current  realities go. Letting go of the old  is our shared focus now on “Becoming Today.”

It’s something we have all had to ask ourselves, multiple times. Some more than others, but nonetheless it is simply a part of the human condition.When we suffer emotional pain, how do you let go of the past and move on?

First you need to accept that it is a conscious decision. One that involves taking action. Holding on to the past is just like letting go and moving forward you decide . It’s your choice. Once you make the decision then you take action to make it happen. 

To me it seems the best way  to heal is by learning a lesson from the situation, then using it to be “Becoming”.  Channel your thoughts, intentions, desires and energies into focusing on growth and building that momentum that moves both forward and upward. 

Do not get stuck in the “coulda, woulda, shoulda” mentality. Hanging onto what should have happened, what could have happened, or what you wished would have happened, give yourself motivation to get over it. Release it and heal. Or keep a grip on it and be paralyzed; immobilized by feelings of pain and bad memories.

To let go of past hurts, you need to make the conscious decision to take control of the situation. However, this can take time and practice. Be kind to yourself as you practice refocusing how you see the situation, and celebrate the small victories you have.

Beginning tomorrow and lasting through the end of October we;ll be focusing on the search for wisdom. What it is. What it means. How to seek it and find it.Plus how to incorporate it into our daily living on this shared path we call “Becoming Today”. 

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