Rebecca Born, LISW-S, MSW
|Posted on 10 August, 2017 at 19:25|
Remember the question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Did you want to be that fireman, or that nurse? I wanted to be a teacher, mostly because I thought it was the only option for me. I had no concept of authentic identity or the idea that I carried within me a recipe for what I should be.
And then I met victims of childhood sex abuse and discovered through their desire to overcome, the concept of being restored to authentic identity. Each of us has experiences in life that cause us to make adaptations in what we believe about self. These beliefs overshadow the truth of who we were created to be. The victim of sex abuse may believe they are disgusting and disconnect from a sense of value. The person who thinks creatively may disconnect from that attribute believing it gets them in trouble. The person who is curious disconnects from that attribute because people get tired of dealing with it. Yet, all of those characteristics are absolutely part of what makes that person whole. AND those attributes are exactly what are needed to accomplish destiny, or the purpose of one's life.
Your internal blueprint, your authentic identity, holds the key to walking in destiny. The title of the recent bestseller, "The Purpose Driven Life", resounds with the desire we all have: to live a life that has purpose and meaning. It is natural to want to make an impact, to accomplish something that brings a sense of fulfillment. You were designed with purpose in mind. Your authentic identity contains everything you need to do just that.
Unfortunately, often we end up living out of fate. Fate is the path we take that is defined by the circumstances we live. Destiny is the path we take defined by our authentic identity. It takes hard work to override some circumstances. Poverty, neglect and sex abuse are circumstances that can be very challenging to override. Restoration skills, such as recognizing the impact, recognizing your internal strengths, internalizing new truths, and using your power of agreement can absolutely shift you from fate to destiny!
And that means you live a purpose driven life!