lola guerrero

50-something empty-nest-search-for-God-and-happiness with more than a dash of humor

You Are Not Here To Take Up Space, Part 1

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Have you read The Alchemist? Yes, you. I’m asking you.
Oh, well, you have to read it.

This book has been around for so long. Finally, I bought myself a copy. Certain books and people come into my life when I am open to receiving their message.

In this book, the message is about finding your personal calling. Our mission to search for this calling like its a lost gold coin.

So, what were you meant to do here on Earth?

I know you were not here to take up space. I believe each of us is here to fulfill this calling and God is there to guide that fulfillment.

I also believe that we have more than one purpose in life. One of my purposes has been to raise two boys as a stay-at-home mom. When the boys were 4 and 5 years old, I felt certain that I had to have a career outside the home.

I wanted to join the 30 million tired and frazzled moms of America who strive to have it all–career and family–and do a great job at it all, too. A lot of moms can pull this off. It depends on the individual.
I was not one of them.

It wasn’t till after my youngest son, my baby, went off to college that I began to better appreciate raising my two boys as one of my callings and my career.

But, one moment showed me that I was meant to stay home with the boys.

I was getting my boys ready for school. As I was taking Eggos out of the freezer to toast, my inner voice said, “You are meant to stay home.”

A feeling of calm came over me. I didn’t fight it  this time. Usually, I would.

And so, I stayed home for over 20 years. I was at peace making that decision.

A personal calling is from God. That calling puts you on a path that was meant just for you. On the path, you use all your gifts, talents, and personality.

A personal calling is about doing something with your life that lifts you up, grabs you, gives you energy, and enthusiasm.

It is a blessing from Him.

Today, I know that I’m like every other 50+ empty-nesters out there.
The kids are off to college and the husband is at work. My job–this career and calling–has come to an end. Now what?

Ask yourself what are my desires? Where can my talents be used for God’s glory now?

I leave you with this beautiful passage:

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

― Paula Coelho, The Alchemist

Author: lolaguerrero

50 something, mother of two, married, grandson named Napoleon. Love to go to the gym, watch films, act, write, jog, walk 10 miles with my husband, wine and travel. I"m a double tall, NF latte with half a pump of mocha with whip cream.

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