Given my long daily commute, I spend allot of time listening to books on CD courtesy of Naperville’s wonderful public library system. Earlier today, I happened to be listening to a book by Deepak Chopra. Now I must confess that I enjoy a wide variety subjects, but after a long day I’m sometimes lucky to hear every 4th or 5th word as I navigate C-88 (“C” is for “Construction”). However, today a particular thought captured my attention and that is the notion that “to love is to create”.
When we look within ourselves, we will find that love enables us to create all that which is uniquely meaningful to us in our lives. In my mind, love is the essential ingredient to achieving true purpose and success, for love in itself is often the only natural force which enables us to overcome the adversity we must face to achieve our dreams.
It is also this principle which might just explain unhappiness and dissatisfaction in life. More specifically, should we choose to ignore our soul’s calling in creating a life which is driven by anything less than the unique love which resonates within us, then we risk living the struggle of becoming someone outside of ourselves.
Make no mistake… money is not a measure of a lasting and meaningful love. Granted, money enables us to afford experiences and opportunities, but the pursuit of money for money’s material sake in my estimation is ultimately a dead-end. Further, if the pursuit of money seperates us from our sources of love then it becomes nearly impossible to create the life of our dreams.
The hard part is we often succomb to many external pressures in our lives to go down certain paths for nothing more than the fleeting pride and validation of others. Even more, how often are we left to believe by others that the life of our purest dreams is impractical or unachieveable. Regardless, the power is within us to use love as our compass in creating the truest and most rewarding version of our life. SM
On this day after the most historic election day we will ever see in this lifetime, which unfolded against a backdrop of crumbling economic well-being, I’ve been doing allot of thinking about the promise of life regardless of our circumstances. Regardless of how you feel about our new President-Elect, I hope you will pause to bring into focus the limitless possibilities that surrounds us in our daily lives.
I was listening to NPR on the long drive home this evening after a late afternoon Board meeting and was reminded of something extremely important… that is the notion that epic challenges in life create the opportunity for greatness. I encourage everyone out there, especially those suffering life-altering financial and professional setbacks to keep everything in perspective in realizing that the end of one life chapter gives rise to the potential that something even greater is on the way. You might even find that greatness has little or nothing to do with size of your house or balance in your bank account. We truly succeed in life, not through an abundance of material wealth but rather through the promise of realizing our true meaning and purpose in life.
Personally, I’ve endured a number of major life-altering setbacks, tragedies and transitions in my life and I can report with great confidence that they were each personally transforming experiences in which I emerged from the darkness to discover newfound wisdom, confidence, perspective and understand. The universal reality is that all that truly matters in our life is with us at all times, regardless of how much or how little we might have. Living the truth of your life will set you free from the exhausting frustration of playing what you perceive to be your “role” as if you were an actor on your life’s stage.
Let us make good use of these uncertain economic times and place our faith in ourselves and the extraordinary example set yesterday that possibilities in life and this great country of ours is limitless if we set our sights on the hope of tomorrow. SM