Even though I am mostly Irish I don't generally celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the traditional sense. For some of you it's a break from suffering through lent, however for most today is a good excuse to drink copious amounts of green beer and indulge in corned beef and cabbage.
St. Patrick’s Day is actually here to remind us of the story of Patrick. Who after being put into slavery received a message from God to flee his captures and head for the coast where he was able to take a boat to freedom. My takeaway from Patrick’s story is that God is trying to lead all of us to our own personal freedom. It is that desire you feel to make a difference. In some of us it's to make a difference by being of service to others, while others want to make the planet a better place or raise happy children. No matter what your heart desires we all have a choice. We can follow Saint Patrick’s lead and follow that small voice to freedom in spite of our fears. Or we can choose to ignore our deepest desires and stay in the same place because we are willing to remain stuck than take that leap into the unknown. It is easy to get comfortable with our current level of struggle so that it keeps us from greatness.
Set your intention today. Find a quiet place to listen for what your heart is telling you. You do not have to be enslaved to want to be free. When we ignore our true calling we might just miss out on the experience that will bring us the most happiness. I have always liked the saying, "Feel the fear, and do it anyway".
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