The Pain Pushes, The Vision Pulls

When I first moved to Atlanta, I worked at a boutique, making eight dollars an hour. It was a survival job that allowed me to pay a few bills, but it certainly wasn’t what I planned to do for the rest of my life. I felt dread and despair each time I drove there, and each time I was degraded on the job. I lasted less than two months, and I quit after I cast my vote for Barack Obama in the 2008 election. I knew I had more potential, and I refused to waste it any longer.

In an interview on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, Dr. Michael Beckwith, spiritual teacher and founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, says that one of his favorite statements is “Pain pushes until the vision pulls.” That pain, that daily struggle is the Universe pushing you towards your purpose. It will keep pushing you until you start choosing the right direction.

If you’re thinking, “I don’t have time to worry about my purpose. I’m trying to figure out how to keep the lights on and put gas in the car,” you have not yet embraced the fullness of your potential. Once you understand that your potential is limitless because it comes from a Creator without limits, you will break out of survival mode and lean into your divinity.

You have all the power to change your life. There is no magic wand, but you can begin to activate your magical mind. You know you deserve more, but fear has made life more painful than it needs to be. That pain you feel is the imminent danger of living a life unfulfilled and settling for second best.

You are not alone; everyone has to experience some pain to give birth to their full potential. Understand, the pain is not meant to be eternal. Stop playing it safe and get out of the boat of mediocrity. The vision is pulling you into greatness.

Love and Grace,


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