For the past nine months, I’ve been hearing an invitation to listen closely to my heart to discover my needs, talents, desires.
Here’s a bit of a Spoiler Alert for Season 8, Episode 4 – the latest episode hinged on the idea that we talk to ourselves when we’re alone because there is something hiding just out of sight.
Isn’t the same true in most of our lives? There is always something just out of our sight that we keep being drawn to.
For me this has always been writing. I have notebooks filled with poems and short stories from when I was younger. I have an memory of being at a Girl Scout career event, probably in middle school. When I was asked what I wanted to do with my life, I replied that I wanted to become a writer. For the first two years of high school, I was in yearbook. But in between Sophomore and Junior year, writing became something that I pushed to the outskirts of my life and it has remained hidden ever since. In the last several years, I’ve heard the writing siren call many times. A couple times in the last several years, I tried to pursue writing but it always got pushed aside by the busyness at work and was soon forgotten.
Earlier this year I felt called to discern my role as a teacher, in addition to my roles in Young Adult Ministry, writing, Beachbody and volunteering. I finally started listening to my true needs, talents, and desires. I discovered that my role as a teacher was holding me back from being able to fulfill my needs, talents, and desires. I decided that I need to take a step back from teaching in order to discover how God is calling me to use my talents. It was one of the hardest decisions of my life, but I can see now that I was being held back from seeing my own potential.
I listened to the voices lurking in the darkness. I faced the scary monster underneath the bed. I am now learning to embrace the writer within me, and seeing where this journey leads me.
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