“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” – Melody Beattie

images-1Just recently I was thinking about moments of clarity in my life. Times when without question I knew that there existed something greater than myself. It happened in moments when I felt helpless. Whether it was the death of a loved one, illness or financial difficulty. I even felt it when something positive happened like, a dream job or something loss but found.

In those moments my life was changed and I realized then that all those things that I usually worry about didn’t matter at all.

I realized what really matters in life. For a small window of time I reflected on how I could use those moments of clarity to forever change the course of my life by allowing it to change my perspective.

A lot of us are guilty of allowing these moments to fade. Once faded our old habits return and we become preoccupied by things that don’t really matter.

I must admit that it doesn’t always take a slap in the face for me to realize when life is telling me to change course but there are situations that I need an extra kick in the bottom to get it. From prior experience I must say that it’s best practice to embrace your moment of clarity and commit to learning from them. You will be amazed how your perspective shifts as a result of your moment of clarity.

One of my clarifying moments came when I found myself without work after working 12 plus years. This was a Yay! Moment of clarity I must say 🙂 In hindsight I realized, for ALL of the 12 years I worked, I was not fulfilled. I felt restricted. I wanted to be free to do with my day what I pleased. I longed for the day I would be able to do so.

When I let go of the old pattern of working without fulfillment I began to live more freely. I savored the days ahead of me. I focused on living and embraced the newness life presented to me at the time. Suddenly the freedom I longed for presented itself daily.

What I learned from that experience: I don’t have to wait for the kick in the bottom to live. I have a choice.

After months of taking all of this in I began seeking more fulfilling opportunities career-wise. My volunteer opportunity became a part-time paid position. This opportunity gave me a fresh beginning and I was able to make an impact within my own community.

I want to encourage you not to allow your moments of clarity to slip away. Rekindle the spark from your moment of clarity and allow it to produce a meaningful change in your life today.