There is an inherent, indisputable, and indispensable tension in you. A tension that lies within all of us.
It is “the tension between what one has already achieved and what one still ought to accomplish, or the gap between what one is and what one should become.”
That quote is from Viktor Frankl’s most astounding book, Man’s Search For Meaning, which I am currently reading.
Frankl goes on to explain that in order to achieve growth, fulfillment, and happiness, one must not eliminate, avoid, or “discharge [that] tension at any cost,” but rather embrace it and allow it to drive him towards “the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.”
He says: “Everyone has his own specific [and unique] vocation or mission in life to carry out…which demands fulfillment….”
The tension within you between what you have already achieved and what you still can, and aspire to, and are meant, to achieve; that gap between who you are and who you can and want to and will become, is the very essence of why you must realize your dreams and become your best self – whatever they may be and whoever that is.
But, too often we try our damnedest to ignore that tension, or to deny it, avoid it, and/or replace it with false notions of success, achievement, or power. We do that for a myriad of different reasons at different times depending on who we are and what our situation is.
Most often, it is because we are scared we won’t succeed in fulfilling our true calling and realizing our deepest and most authentic dreams – the ones which that very tension exists to drive us towards.
And sometimes, it is because we convince ourselves that we are not worthy and/or that our dreams, our calling, our mission, is just not worth it. We aren’t good enough, we can’t, it’s too late, or too hard.
I’m here to tell you; no, I’m here to remind you that you are worthy, you are soooooo worthy! And your dreams are totally 1000% worth it!!
Why? Because life is freakin’ short, and there are no do-overs. And because there is no other you.
Said another way, by Frankl again, “Live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now!”
Don’t avoid or ignore or deny your inner tension. Listen to it. Heed it. And, allow it to empower you to go out there and Seize Your Passion!
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