Finding our purpose. Living our dreams. Being the person we want to be. These are strong notions that need deeply instilled values to implement.
The oak tree has huge significance to me as it probably does to so many people. When my son was in the hospital battling cancer, this poem was sent to me. It was a daily prayer to Nick that he would never break from this disease. His spirit never broke, but unfortunately his body did.
Then this poem and all that it signified became my personal mantra, symbol, and prayer to keep going without one of my boys. I have bent, lost my way, cracked branches, had holes drilled into me, have bared my soul, but I have never broken.
Through my journaling and becoming self-aware through yoga, I have learned what I stand for, and not only how deep my roots go, but also what I value in this life. As part of that knowing, my purpose is to share with others, so that under the worst possible circumstances, you have hope. That is my purpose, that is my impact word–HOPE. We all need it.
Over the next couple days, I will share this process with you. It began with my last post of writing about your personal awesomeness. Start there if you please.
You can use this image of an oak tree, draw your own or find another image. The point is that the oak tree symbolizes ourselves and our foundation.
Step One: Journal on the following questions:
- What are your core beliefs and values?
- What is important to you?
- Why do you have these values, where did they come from?
- How were they instilled in you?
- How do they impact your life?
- How do you live by them?
Step Two: Write your values in the roots of the oak tree. Words such as honesty, trust, dependable, etc. are words that you will have chosen to describe your values after you journaled. There are no wrong answers. It is whatever is right for you.
Be honest with yourself as this is the path to your purpose and you want it to be true.
Let me know how it goes for you. Keep it in your journal as we will come back to it tomorrow.