harmony. We can stand strong, united in love. Our heart holds the key and our script for our part in the play is placed inside us. So how do we get out of our head and into our hearts? How do we shift our perspective and open our minds to receive guidance from within? It is about tuning into your heart and being truthful about how you are showing up in life. I encourage you to ask yourself the following questions. First, take ten deep breaths. Yes, right now. Stop and take ten deep breaths. Imagine yourself in your mind knowing that you can take an elevator down into your heart. Go down, down, down deep into your heart space. As you read the following questions, let the answers come from deep within. Go with the first answer that pops into your awareness and write it down (even if it doesn’t make sense). • How am I shrinking, hiding, and dimming my light? • How am I playing small? • How am I trying to fit in? • What role am I meant to play? • Am I willing to play full out? • Am I willing to play my part in the grand plan? • Am I willing to stand up and stand out and be a full authentic expression of myself? • In what areas of my life am I showing up fully to play my part? Many of you may be wondering how to know what your part is. You can’t know in your head, but I guarantee your heart knows. As long as we are using the limited programmed filters of our minds, we will never truly know how we are meant to stand out. Our mind is full of fear-based filters, judgment, and the fear of judgment, along with a long list of perceived limitations of the world. If we drop into our hearts, we can tap into a knowing that goes beyond our mind. It is a knowing 30
that resides in our hearts. It is our heart that holds the key and specific directions to our life script. All we need to do is get out of our heads and into our hearts and let the directions come. As with a recipe, each ingredient will be given, and each direction will be provided one step at a time. The world doesn’t need you to fit in. What the world needs is for you to play your part—stand up, stand out, and stand strong. You have a unique role and an essential part to play. The world needs you now more than ever. Are you willing to play your part? Say YES! Just say YES! Stay tuned next week for chapter 12 ~ When We Fight to Be Right, We Will Always Feel Wrong ***This is an excerpt from Sue Dumais’ book “Stand UP Stand OUT Stand STRONG ~ A 30 Day Guide to Navigate Life When the SHIFT Hits the Fan” Published on atfortyfive.com with permission from © Sue Dumais (Printed in 2018) LEARN MORE Read more articles from Sue Dumais If you’ve enjoyed this article share it. Do you have expertise, knowledge, or a life experience to share? Visit the Contributor tab for more information. 31
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