Life Image: what do you see?
Here I am loving on my wife and the joy of her living a
moment she had dreamed up for years……
We are in Italy, just arriving to a hilltop town of Montepulciano in the tuscan countryside (after an exhilarating 3 days in Rome) overlooking the vast wine country she had been yearning to see.
The air is cool and breezy, as we walk up the castle streets she’s hugging herself to stay warm but also I think the pure joy from the moment is holding her captive.
My joy comes from the fulfillment of my promise to get her to this moment.
….and how crazy it is that I am even able to deliver on that promise…..
You see, tho we are completely in love and true friends we occasionally joke how if we had meet when we were both 21, 23, or even 25 we probably wouldn’t of lasted more than 90 days together….
Back then, we both were searching for ourselves…..
For me personally, I was all over the place and my life felt it…..
-Physically Depressed [30lbs overweight]
-Mentally Exhausted [Struggling to Find a Career Path]
-Spiritually Poor [Unfocused in My Faith]
-Financially Empty [No “Real Job”]
I became terrified of my situation and my future if I allowed myself to stay fixated in the circumstances of how things had not played out “as planned”…..
At that point in life I was suppose to be [insert typical life path]….
….married [always thought 25 was my number] ,
…and living in abundance…Right?
Instead my “real” Life Image was starting to swirl into a flurry of sulking and self doubt….
I continued to live in this misery until I realized something….
I AM BLESSED.
I am blessed with a Physical body that is free of illness just lacked Discipline.
I am blessed with a Mind that is Educated just lacked Application
I am blessed with a Spirit that is Redeemed just lacked Invitation.
I am blessed with a Financially Opportunity just lacked Pursuing
The only thing that was holding me back from achieving my hearts desires was those cyclic thoughts of negativity I was allowing myself to focus on and pour into my life.
With a subtle shift in mindset:
I accepted my past,
acknowledged my present,
and became EXCITED about the future.
After that I began a journey for few months into a renaissance of personal discovery in which I began to develop a renewed Life Image with defined goals and a plan to achieve them.
Today, I’m writing this post because it didn’t seem too long after I completely PURGED my old self and felt I had mastered my own life first and was willing to share that love with someone else…..
Then,She came into my life. My Virtuous Woman.
I made her Shrimp and Grits and she was hooked ← which I will be making her again this weekend as we take another adventure.
We have since had many adventures like camping in National Forest, Skiiing in the Rockies, Strolling around NYC, Sailing in the Caribbean,Walking many beaches, Backpacking Italy, and Exploring many culinary delights….
This week will mark the 3 year anniversary of our first cup of coffee together.
I truly believe we have some much love and respect for each other because we first learned how to love ourselves first, set boundaries, and established a Life Image for what we desire and live it everyday.
We are blessed and so are you!
So, I’ll wrap up the mammoth of a post w/ a verse that has provided me with great inspiration to master my Life Image.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”- Romans 12:2
As I progressed in reshaping my LIFE IMAGE my mind began to see things in a new framework. This new outlook on life lead to immense actions. I had a renewed diligence to the gym, my job, and my faith. The new outlook slowly started bringing invaluable gifts into my life, none greater than the love of my amazing wife and the endless adventures we get to share together.
So, If you’re going through a tough time, a transition, or feeling unsure about the future…..
Don’t focus on trying to fix everything at once.
Instead, take a moment to look inward and ask yourself:
What is my Body, Mind, Spirit,and Financial Vision for my Life Image?
What are the daily actions I am doing to align with that vision?
What small steps can I do to make each day a step closer to the end goal?
You are Blessed.
….and Italy is awesome.