Written by Desmore Samios, Public Speaking Coach, Inspirational Speaker and MC
We all encounter challenges, hurdles and obstacles at some point in our lives, we are so much stronger than we give ourselves credit for. In 2019 I had the honour of being one of the guest speakers sharing my insights on the topic of resilience. Throughout my life I have been pretty resilient, continuing to move forward, set goals, invest in my mindset and ticking off my accomplishments like a badge of honour, the constant doing was like an addiction. Truth be told I didn’t enjoy stillness, it made me feel annoyed, uncomfortable and unproductive. I would push myself to achieve my goals but I never really enjoyed the achievement, it felt like a tick in the box rather than a celebration. In doing so I had become detached from feeling anything, feeling joy, gratitude and treating myself with love, sincerity and kindness. In essence I had treated my mind, body and soul like a soulless machine.
Over the past couple of years, I had visited my spiritual teacher often, she had taught me so much about being centred, still and cultivating faith in my own intuition. At the time her words were inspiring but I felt like I was driving in a fast car, in the fast lane, on adrenalin and so focused on the external. Her words didn’t really sink in, because I wasn’t ready to receive the full extent of her wisdom. The events, changes and challenges that occurred in 2019 had me feeling like I was shedding my old skin. I felt an urge to go within, I felt like I was being pushed to rewrite my old script, this time with a deeper and richer perspective. I felt like I had become a “spiritual academic” I had listened to countless audio books, read books and journaled about my awakening moments of self-discovery, self-exploration and getting to know my own personal power from within. This process was filled with shedding tears, unleashing fears, challenging my old habits and ways of thinking and surrendering to another way. I felt my soul yearning for a deeper meaning to life, wanting to break out of my disempowering thoughts and self-sabotaging behaviours. I was ready to level up into a higher altitude of consciousness, rather than being among the daily grind.
I felt compelled to look at how I had viewed my own definition of success. What does success look like and feel like for me. I challenged myself to see myself through the eyes of love, self-respect, self-worth and most importantly to esteem myself from within. I want my voice and my work to make a difference in our world, my intention whilst creating a new path was to build an honest soul to soul connection with people I encounter. In a simple but brief encounter we can heal and change lives without even knowing it.
When we embark on an awakened journey of self-exploration, shedding our old skin and uncovering a new, we often feel pain, discomfort and a resistance to change. We are meant to grow, evolve and expand in our lives and our consciousness, leaving behind the old ways and stepping into our full potential. When we are ready to take a leap of faith, trust in the bigger picture and let go of trying to micro manage every step, we become more open to possibilities and unexcepted outcomes. Trust that your life is no accident or coincidence, things happen, events are taking place and the unfolding of your wisdom is as it should be, trust the journey.