Water your seed and give it time.
My last post highlighted a segment of conversation I had with my father about two weeks ago.
In that same conversation, my dad talked about how he was so thankful for the Lord allowing him to lose his job through the dissolving of a company. My dad talked about the fiscal lessons and great journey he traveled during that season. I remember that season vividly too. Both my mother and dad lost their jobs within months of each other. They both had given years of dedicated service to have my mom’s role phased out and my dad’s company be sold off (hostess).
Being laid off helped my father become very frugal. The lay off also helped my dad shift. He claims that this is the best thing that happened to him because his perspective changed. My dad spoke of the lazy financial mentality that sometimes comes with knowing you have predictable cashflow. It’s different when you are in the “wilderness.” I reference the “wilderness”(thank you TD Jakes) because that is a great descriptor for the transition from working for someone to working for yourself (chat for another day).
My parent’s journey prepared me for my current path. I am able to stand on my feet and rise up daily with hope because I know there is life after ‘comfort.’ It’s over time that I watched my parents transition from employment to unemployment to employment and eventually homeowners. That short cycle manifested during their time of discomfort. Being unable to rely on the ‘used to’ made my parents regroup and propser in the long run.
I’m proud to say that same drive has been surfacing in my own life. The very moments that make me want to quit one moment serve as the catalyst for deeper revelation and steps towards my biggest dreams. I’d be lying if I said every tough moment instantly inspires my soul. Far from it. I resist progress within the first five minutes of detecting it, just to surrender my will and pick up the journey (just ask my inner circle) yet again. But the most powerful lesson from this journey is the concept of ‘time.’
It takes time to reflect and gather the details to build the big picture. It takes time to learn how to get out of your own way. It takes time for these lessons to take root and slowly, surely usher you towards your destiny. Simply put no matter how microwave like or impatient I or you become—the journey takes time. Yet, the rewards are so magnificent.