I listened to Sue Monk Kidd being interviewed by Oprah and a few things really struck me. One, what is your heart's deepest desire, what are you longing for? She believes that this is the voice of your soul....I do too.
This longing, this voiceless voice, this plea that seems far behind our usual day, the distant calling, is what we need to try and hear.
Here is what I believe, we do hear the voice, often.
We hear the voice, the desire and the longing, but it often is in opposition of where we are and even who we are. It is the what Sue calls "your authentic self".
We long to be real.
We long for the courage to just say it. No matter what is.
We long to drop all the stuff that doesn't excite us or make us happy.
We long to be free.
We long for security and knowing.
Maybe the longing is calling us back to our true self.
We think we want to know and be certain, when we are not even certain of who we are and if we are living our soul's purpose. I think the fear of being uncertain stems from not being certain of who we are.
Once you are certain of yourself, you can let the other uncertainties be.
I am much more certain of who I am, now...than 10 years ago.
I know my voice and have the courage to speak it, especially in moments that will define relationships.
Sue said something else that caught my attention. "Failure of courage."
We can fail at being courageous, even in small moments.
It will take courage to follow your longing, to voice your authentic self, and to hear it behind the clamor of what others want or need.
We will often stuff it away in order to serve others.
It gets set aside for 'love'.
But what a great question today. "What are you Longing for?"
(I have Sue Monk Kidd's newest book "The Invention of Wings" downloaded on my ipad, to listen to as I toss mail!)