By: Jamie Len Cumbo
Your life is a series of defining moments.
Whatever you choose to call it: a “defining moment,” an “AHA!” moment or an “epiphany”… almost everyone has had one (if not many of them), in their life. Some people even choose to call it ‘hitting rock bottom’. Regardless of what you call it, a defining moment makes us evaluate things like: what direction we are going in, who we are surrounding ourselves with, and what we want in life. Many times our priorities change, as a result.
Ironically, very few people actually change the way they are doing things when they experience one of these great moments in life.
Defining moments are usually not an easy process to go through, but in the end they build our character.
Most recently, I experienced a defining moment in regards to my health, like never before. The past several months I have had terrible side effects from the autoimmune I was diagnosed with, Sjorgren’s. Each day that went by, I would put a smile on my face and think that I would get rid of the symptoms with the power of positive thinking. But, it was undeniable the misery my body was in on a daily basis.
Of course positive thinking is a big part of the equation, but the law of attraction won’t work if everything else you are doing is not in alignment with what you are asking for. For example, I thought I could think positive thoughts to make myself feel good again, even though I was drinking alcohol, was eating fast food (I hate to break it to you but Subway is fast food), was drinking diet soda every day, and I was not making the best food choices.
Then, I realized something drastic had to change. If I was going to refuse to get on medicine daily to help with the symptoms, I had to take 100% responsibility for my health. So I did. I am currently on this journey to cleaning up my health from the inside out. In just a couple of weeks of completely revamping my diet and exercise routine, I already feel dramatically better and the symptoms are almost gone.
When you can look at what used to be a problem in your life and say to yourself “I finally get it”, you know you have experienced a life changing moment. It doesn’t mean you are an expert in that area and think you know it all, but something has happened in your life and has motivated you to make appropriate changes to get you closer to your goals and to the person you are working so hard to become.
Remember…life happens. Unfortunately, it usually takes a negative experience in your life, before you have a true defining moment. The goal is to change the way you view major obstacles you come across. You must embrace those times and recognize you are in the process of creating another defining moment (and that’s a GOOD thing)!