Stories of strength and perseverance have always inspired me. I love
hearing about life stories that describe the defining moments in someone’s
life, moments when an individual must overcome difficult situations and
make harsh life-changing decisions. These types of circumstances show us
who we truly are. Your reaction to the most challenging moments in your
life say a lot about you.
Do such moments break or liberate you?
In the year of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all been stretched
personally, emotionally, spiritually, financially, and politically.
So what can we make of all of this ‘slap me in the face reality’, that just isn’t
You Are, the Depth You Will Go
Life is made up of flat, humdrum stretches interspersed with some
pretty spectacular moments. Life becomes spectacular when you look
deeply and consciously into it. That is when those moments can awaken
a deep truth about yourself and the world you constantly create around
you. When we awaken to the power of living consciously, “circumstances”
become “choices” that we actively make. That truth invites us to know who
we are at a deeper level and the invitation is always there to go deeper.
How deep will you allow yourself to go?
Life is All About Contradictions
Your life story is a testimony to the enduring strength of your spirit
and soul. In the many life stories I have read and heard over the years,
there is an underlying common thread of determination that drives people
beyond their limitations.
I have also noticed that many of us are driven by a desire to be free and at
peace with ourselves. Some say that freedom is the key to happiness, but
maybe happiness is the key to freedom? Yet, many of us are not happy, nor
are we free.
The reality is that few of us will ever be truly free until we pass physically
from this world, and to pursue happiness is a path fraught with yet more
challenges. So, our world is full of contradictions and we often just say we
want things, without knowing deeply what that means.
Life is Much More than the Pursuit of Happiness
One truth I have learned in life is that nothing about living is easy, and life
isn’t meant to satisfy us—instead, life is meant to challenge us. The
challenge is to be spiritually awake while living one’s life with purpose and
presence that is not motivated by individual material gain. Understanding
this truth has effectively halted my pursuit of happiness, for life is so much
more than that.
Beyond what we see within ourselves is a whole world welcoming us to a
collective common good where there is no separation between ourselves
and others. We have far more in common with each other than we think or
may have thought. Hence, our world is full of truths based on our thoughts,
but is that the real truth? I think not. When we choose to wake up, it is a
most uncomfortable journey—yet that is the only way, the only path, to
changing our lives, relationships and our world for the better.
All you Really Need…
As you grow older in years, memories will marinate in your mind, tossing
and turning a million times over. A life lived with courage will challenge
your truth, push the boundaries of who you are and push you to question
why you are here.
At some stage, you will reach a point where memories will subside and
your truth will no longer be able to hide. You will know that this life is
not just about you but about all the people who have touched your life.
May that moment show you your courage and allow your heart to sing and
your soul to breathe deeply. In the end, when you focus peacefully within,
you will know that is all you need.
(reference, taken in part from the preface of my new book, “The Art of Finding truth…”)