Brave Girl's Club online course, and we are in the thick of it now. Last week, our task was to create a timeline of our lives marking the most significant and life changing moments we remember, good and bad. I have never considered doing this before and why would I? Though I have visited the past often, the emotions that arise from there are not ones that I want to sit with for too long again and again. I feel that I have done my work there, so why revisit? Well, if there is anything that I have learned for myself, it is that there are rarely coincidences for me, only signs, and I was about to get a big one.
I had posted that I began reading Women Who Run with Wolves the same week I started soul restoring. At the very end of this book, the very same day I received my timeline project, the author suggested for readers to create their own timeline of their life, from birth to present day. This was the same exact assignment I had just received from Soul Restoration. It took me a a few days to process these messages, this sign, and take it all in. One thing was for certain, I had to do it, and I did.
I did not find anything of what I thought I would. I thought I would feel pain or regret, but perhaps I truly had come to terms with all of it, because they didn't show up. Instead, what had unfolded was a story greater full of triumph than of tribulation. I found that I had greater moments of resilience than moments of weakness, more joy than of sadness, and more success alongside trepidation. What I found was I had not given my journey justice. When I had thought of my past, I primarily thought of the difficult times, the times where I have been hurt, wronged, or lost. I put heavy weight into those times as I knew I gained something from them, but I now know those parts are truly small in comparison to the entire story itself. The role these dark places played contributed more as shifts, shifts for the greater purpose to find light, and never should they define who we had become. With this timeline, the light gave me the ability to see that what I've had all along was a brilliant, beautiful, magical and epic story, more balanced than I ever thought. Everyone has this same beautiful, meaningful story, and I encourage anyone to really *see* their own, in its entirety.
(In case you are interested, the Brave Girl's Club has put up the dates for the next Soul Restoration online classes. Go on, you can do it :).)