Written by author and channel, Jodie Helm. (Ignore the “by Pete” line above. All I do is post Jodie’s articles to save her the trouble. – Pete)
I distinctly remember, in my early 40’s, feeling very disillusioned with my life. I was working more than one job, trying to get ahead and never quite able to, and I remember asking myself something along the lines of, “So this is my life? It doesn’t get any better than this?” I actually liked my career in education most of the time, but I was tired, I was overworked, underpaid, I was nowhere near retirement, and I could not see any light at the end of any tunnel. I’ve always been a hard worker, but I just couldn’t see the payoff for all the hard work I was doing and the stress that came with it.
Maybe that’s what they call a mid-life crisis, I don’t know. I couldn’t afford to buy a sports car, and I didn’t have any desire to find a sweet, young thing (I was happily married), so I’m not sure it qualifies as a mid-life crisis. What I do know is, I was pretty miserable, and the thought of working for another fifteen years threatened my sanity, or at least what was left of it. I can’t imagine how much worse it is for people who hate their jobs. I’ve been there before, too, and every day is drudgery.
I think a lot of us find ourselves in a similar position at one point or another. I always thought there would be more to life than just working all the time, and we barely had enough money to cover all our expenses, much less afford any extras. What I really wanted to do was write, but I had to work! There was no way I could think of to make a living writing and give up a reliable salary while I did it. It wasn’t until my dad died that I realized I wasn’t going to live forever and didn’t want to die wondering if I could get published. So, I wrote whenever I could when I wasn’t working and I actually did get published several times. Sadly, I didn’t make enough money that I could quit my “real” job and write full time, but I still felt good that I’d tried and succeeded in chasing my big dream.
I love writing. It brings me joy and satisfaction. When I wrote fiction, I had a blast, and it was so much fun! Now, I’ve traded fiction for non-fiction, and it’s not the same kind of fun, but it is just as rewarding and fulfilling. It feeds my soul, and when y’all send me your comments and questions, I feel like I’m making a difference and helping others, using my gifts in a way that I enjoy. It never feels like work.
I think so many of us choose jobs, not because they fulfill us, but because they offer some security in a seemingly insecure world. We spend so much of our time working, it should be doing something we enjoy and that comes naturally. I spoke to the Archangels about this, and their commentary follows.
Question: I’d like to write a hopefully inspiring article about living your life the way you want to; so many of us don’t do that. Can you please offer some guidance?
If you spend any time around little children, you rarely see them look or act defeated. Even those who are hesitant to try something new do not feel badly about themselves for it. They are usually at peace when they explore other interests, and they usually feel good about their choices. Most are not afraid to take risks. When they try something new, they assume they can do it, and if they can’t, they don’t feel like failures, they simply keep trying or find another area of interest.
Young children are curious about everything. They are constantly learning and always want to learn more. Then, society steps in and messes things up. Somewhere along the way, they are taught what is and is not acceptable, and most try to follow the rules. When they break these unwritten rules, they are made to feel shame as others point out their perceived errors.
Children start out confident, open-minded, and they don’t often notice differences of the other children around them, and if they do, they’re not bothered or threatened by these differences. Most of the time, they think differences are interesting. They do not make judgments, and they do not ostracize other children because they look or act differently.
Most children are born with psychic abilities and have a direct connection with their Guides, Angels, or even deceased family members for several years. They remain psychically open until someone convinces them that they are wrong or that their behavior is not normal or acceptable. In almost every case of a child who continues using their psychic abilities beyond early childhood, they have been supported by those closest to them and encouraged to continue using their gifts. Even so, many shut down their gifts when they realize that they are not “normal.”
We wish to tell you that not only is there no true “normal,” but also that “normal” is extremely overrated. It is not your true nature to want to blend in and remain unnoticed. You have all been given a unique set of gifts that you should be using. If you do, it will lead to fulfillment, whereas if you bury them, it will lead to frustration and dissatisfaction.
You were never meant to be “normal.” You were created to stand out and realize your greatness, your power, but you have forgotten this and been conditioned to believe that you are no one special, and that you are very limited in terms of what you can do with your life. Most of you cannot see your own worth, and you are afraid to believe in yourself.
Another mistaken belief you have been convinced of is that there are so many others who are better, smarter, stronger, more creative, more talented, etc. than you, and nothing could be further from the truth. You are all equally important and powerful in many ways of which you are unaware. There are certain things that you are naturally and exceptionally good at doing better and more easily than others, and each of you were given these gifts to help you meet your goals and accomplish your purpose while on Earth. All purposes are part of a bigger plan that eventually benefits mankind, and all purposes are equally important.
Because the Earth resided in the third dimension for so long, you live your lives in fear, and most of your actions revolve around the desire for security and survival. Many of you recognize your special gifts, but you cannot fathom that they could ever lead to a secure future or livelihood, so you toil away at jobs that do not fulfill you, that add great stress and unhappiness, and at some point, you become disillusioned with your existence. You wonder if this life you are living is as good as it gets, and you cease to entertain your dreams. You grind along, believing that there is nothing you can do to make life more bearable, and you are stuck. And you are stuck, because you have given up the ideal of living a life that is successful, fulfilling, and important using your gifts. You have given up on yourself, because as you look all around you, everyone seems to be living in the same way you do, equally unhappy and believing they do not have the power to change things.
We tell you, it does not have to be this way. Yes, we know you have to make a living and pay bills. What you do not believe is that you can use your divine gifts and natural talents to do those things. It is not that you lack the resources or ability to be successful. The problem is two- fold. First, you lack the courage to believe in and trust yourself. You are afraid to break away from what is “normal” and make your own way.
Secondly, most of you would do well to reassess your view of success. Some people are so caught up in making more money, they continually add more stress to their lives, thinking that eventually they will have enough. Enough money, enough power, enough security, and it is never enough. It will never be enough, because you do not believe that you are enough.
You need to make yourself the priority. Why spend decades of your life working at a job you hate, so you can supposedly enjoy the last years of your life? What about the decades of happiness, peace, and fulfillment you threw away, so you could be “normal,” doing what everyone else is doing? There is nothing “normal” about you. You are a divine being of light with special talents that are important and useful. Use those talents, if not in a career, then outside and in addition to a career, simply for pleasure. If you do not indulge in enjoying and using your gifts, you will never feel completely fulfilled.
The COVID virus had a positive impact on many in that you had more time on your hands, and many worked from home. Some of you reevaluated your life and did not feel happy with how you were living. Some of you used that time and realization to make your life better, either changing jobs, training in a different field, or striking out on your own, taking a leap of faith that you could redesign your life in a more joyous way, using gifts you have always had and trying to use them in a fulfilling, profitable way.
Not everyone succeeds in the way they had wanted or planned, but there is fulfillment in trying and in believing in yourself. When you do that, you have already reached success, because so many never do. Some people may never find a way to make a viable living by doing what they love while using their gifts, but that doesn’t mean you should forget about yours or quit practicing them, for they are part of your purpose; they will enable you to accomplish your purpose.
We would add that more and more of you are and will be looking for a way to escape society’s “normal” and seek your own path. The new energetics will help you find the courage to believe in yourself and to dare to live life on your own terms, based on what you enjoy and what you are good at doing. Many of you are realizing that happiness and fulfillment are just as important as money and power. You can escape from the life society has laid out for you.
Life should be enjoyed as much as possible. There are enough difficulties you will likely face without adding misery and hopelessness originating from a job you spend decades doing that you hate and dread. If you choose to do this, at least invest in times of indulgence and fulfillment from doing other things outside of working. Your happiness and health are important. You spend so much of your lives working, it should include doing something that is fulfilling and rewarding for you. If you cannot find such a career, find fulfillment and reward yourself in other ways.
My late husband was very musically talented, especially with his guitar. He told me once that he’d had dreams of playing music for a career, but eventually decided to teach, including teaching others how to play and enjoy music. After I got published, he was inspired to write and record his own music professionally. He didn’t try to go further with it, but he felt so fulfilled that he had taken his gift and had given it permanency. He had honored himself and his dreams. That was enough for him.
To a certain degree, we are trapped in society’s views and expectations, and we’re used to being afraid of what the future holds. It’s a habit that has become comfortable and, like most habits, it is hard to break. However, you don’t have to quit your job today and hope that you can make a living by pursuing your dreams tomorrow. There are some who are brave enough to do that, but that’s not the only way to feel fulfilled. If you excel at something, it probably brings you enjoyment, so make time for it. Honor yourself and your gifts.
If you’re brave enough to go further, that’s great! But it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Believe in yourself and do things that you love. That in itself is its own reward.
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