Much time is spent being overly concerned with perfect outcomes. For example, a bride engrossed with minute details may fail to enjoy the wedding. Or consider the stage parent obsessed with their child’s execution, that they miss the delight in the performance.
To strive for excellence is admirable. However, it becomes problematic when the pursuit of perfection counters the gift available in the moment. Like an athlete in the zone, full immersion is the key. Show up fully and trust magic to come along for the ride. It inevitably follows presence.
Some days, you’re more attuned than others. Sometimes, it’s a moment to moment affair. And in those times when attunement wavers, comes the experience of worry, doubt, fear, envy, insecurity, boredom, stagnancy, unhappiness and even hatred.
Consider each of these states nothing more than a craving for connection.
Whether in the form of connecting to another human or nature or one’s own creativity, there’s a recurrent call to commune with spirit. Time and time again, you will be urged to remember your Divinity by recognizing it where it lives inside and outside of you.
Through challenges, we test the limits of our courage and strength. However, we have a tendency to think of pain as the “best” teacher. What we are subconsciously telling ourselves is that, life must be hard if we are to learn anything.
While our painful experiences hold valuable lessons, pain does not have a monopoly on wisdom. The lessons you learn from joy can be just as transformative.
Pain inherently gets our attention, but with growing consciousness, one can remain attentive regardless of the state.
Remember, joy isn’t an empty reprieve. Wisdom resides there, too.
To feel empathy for another requires some level of connection.
Unfortunately, many of us look for that connection only at the level of identity. As a result, we can only extend “compassion” to those reminding us of who we used to be, who we are, and/or who we aspire to be.
We reserve it for those we consider equals. Individuals outside of those parameters receive pity at best and scorn at worst.
True compassion arises from the level of the soul. What is recognized is the shared humanity, not shared identity.
Children have no problem living in a make-believe world. And the sheer joy with which they experience and recount their experiences is nothing short of contagious.
But there inevitably comes a time where we are shamed for dreaming. And as a society we dismiss dreamers for having their “heads in the clouds” or “dreaming their lives away.”
But what is a life without dreams? As an adult, you may not be battling giants or riding on unicorns, but you don’t have to forfeit imagination. It was your first show of creativity. Give yourself permission to reclaim that part of your nature.
Keep in mind that dreamers are the innovators. They are the ones who advance us. The protectors of hope and the ones that reach into and live in possibility.