My name is Eric. I’m “the new guy“, and I’m thrilled to be here connecting with such sunny minds!
Being that I was recently invited to be a contributing author on this site, it seemed fitting for the subject of my first blog to be about Invitations.
Maybe you can relate to some of what I’m feeling right now. How do you feel when you receive an invitation and are contemplating taking that first step into something new? . . . Excited? Scared? Both?
If you’re anything like me, new experiences bring on feelings of mixed emotions — emotions that can be debilitating, energizing, and everything in between. Fortunately, there are many tools available to help me manage my emotions. One of the most helpful and fulfilling ones I’ve used is to simply label my emotions as “Gifts”. Yes gifts. All of them. Even the scary ones; even the messy ones. Why? Because doing so helps me to see my emotions in what I believe is their truest form – powerful gift-wrapped seeds, full of the most amazing energy and potential.
My invitation to be a part of this health enhancing blog was full of choices. I could have very well turned down the offer. It definitely would have been less scary for me if I had just remained in my safe and familiar “comfort zone”. I’m proud to say that I decided to be courageous and accept this invitation, and managing my emotions as described above helped to give me the strength I needed to welcome this change.
My decision to join you here now was also one largely based on love — my soul gravitated to all the love that I felt when reading the posts within this blog.
When given any invitation, I like to shake the box a little, to get an idea of what’s inside. Do I sense feelings of love? Will it help me to be more? Help me to give more? If yes, I joyfully open the gift. If no, I’m learning that it’s likely a distraction that I don’t have a need for.
I invite you to join me in trying something new today. What invitations are at your doorstep? Which ones will help nourish your soul? Do you accept love-based invitations? Do you accept invitations absent of love? Why? Are your emotions helping you to achieve your dreams? What gives you the strength to try something new?
The world is overflowing with invitations . . . How do you determine which ones you welcome into your life?