Through the storm
At times it can feel impossible to move forward, as though we’re stuck in a storm, with strong winds keeping us in place. However, these difficult times won’t last forever, and you’re not alone, and you will get through this. The storm will pass
How far you've come
While working towards our goals we often lose sight of what we’ve accomplished along the way. Often we’re so focused on what’s happening here and now, and the challenge at hand. But when we stop and look around, we’ll see how many things we’ve overcome since we started. This also gives hope, as things might get hard, but you’ve conquered difficult challenges before, and you can and will do it again.
It can often be easier to help others than it is to ask for help, but doing both is quite important. No one says that you have to go through your journey on your own, that there’s some kind of competition, or that helping others means you’ll lose out somehow. Allowing yourself to be inspired by others can create new ideas and paths you never would have thought of on your own. Sharing your own journey and experiences can help others learn in similar ways.
Leap of faith
Throughout our journeys we’re likely to have to do several leaps of faith, as the path we’re on no longer serves us, or we’ll need to take a chance on something that can bring us closer to our goals. It might seem, and feel like, we’ll have no idea what we’re doing, but in fact, we’re relying on previous experiences and skills we’ve built, which will help us stick the landing. The leap will still be scary, but you’ve got this!
What you leave behind
It can seem as though we’re moving through barren landscapes as we’re forging ahead, finding and taking new chances. Though, the landscape doesn’t stay undisturbed, the ground you touched is filled with your creations. Meaning, you can look back you’ll see all the things you’ve done, but you’re also creating a path for others to see what is possible.
Light your own way
Believing in yourself is hard, but it’s such an important skill to have. While it feels good when others cheer us on, we still need to dig deep and make sure that we’re doing what’s right for us, not what others think we should do. We’re so used to being our worst critic, to push ourselves to do better, but we also need to be our own cheerleaders, and encourage ourselves to keep going, even when things are tough.
Eyes on the prize
This is where the Torii gate ties into the story: It appears as a goal. Sometimes we can see it up ahead, though other times it’s disguised by things we’ll need to do. Knowing what we want, is often more important than knowing how to get there, as life has a way of leading us down unexpected paths, but we will get there eventually. Remember: You are free to change goals if the one you have doesn’t serve you anymore.