The majority of us are doing ok. We are neither good nor bad, but in between. We have a reasonably comfortable life, enough food to eat, enough shelter, enough clothing and have somewhat satisfying relationships in love, family, friends and career. Our career may not be our first or even second choice, but we are content with what we have.
Now of course, I am being very gentle here. While this may be the median mark, we have lots of people on the extremes of the poles. Some of us have too much things, too much food, too much work or on the other end, not enough love or not enough money. Yet day by day, we try to do the best we can.
Our human fabric is average. We consider ourselves good people that try to do the right thing. Do we stumble from time to time? Of course, it is human nature we say. Some of us take the extra change given by a clerk, some of us lie to people close to us, some have affairs. But we always rely on the fact that somewhere out there, someone else is doing worse than us, so we justify our actions and feel better. Folks, I am saying this is not enough.
I want you to think for a second about something important in your life that you applied yourself for and received. Maybe it was getting into that first choice college, a prestigious sports team, a scholarship award, any award, that job you really wanted or even getting the attention of that person you really wanted to be with. Think for a minute about that time in your life when you really had to work hard and put everything aside to completely focus and concentrate on that one goal.
Ok now think about what happened after you got that goal. How did you react? What did you do? Did you slack off? Did you lose the intensity of the focus. More than likely, in the beginning you did not. You wanted to prove to yourself and to others that you deserved the spot, you deserved the position and you continued to work hard to maintain that college G.P.A, career, relationship etc…. Of course, for some of us we lose the drive later on and begin to slack off and that is a whole other story! But for this article, we are focusing on the dedicated, hard working person who is happy to have achieved their goal and wanted to continue with success.
I want you to apply this analogy to Life. This is how life is. From what I understand in the messages I receive, there are not enough physical bodies to go around for every soul that departs the physical plane. There literally is a waiting list! If you are here in this moment on Earth at this time, you are considered very Blessed. You literally won the lottery and was given a vehicle to continue growing on your path.
But what have we done with our mission and our vehicles? The majority of us have forgotten this honor and have done nothing with our lives that is considered a worthy use of life. Some may say, “oh well I have excelled in work or I have a great love relationship, or I am wealthy and prosperous.” This means nothing. All these things benefit YOU. Yes they may benefit your inner circle, but your grand entrance onto this planet wasn’t just for the benefit of yourself and your inner circle. It was for all humanity.
A life worth living is one where you give of your talents, your resources and your time freely and without hesitation. Do you help out in your community? Do you allow strangers to get ahead of you in lines? Do you pay for someone else’s groceries? These are some of the ways we can give back and help others. There are too many ways for me to count on here, of how we can make our life one of Seva, or selfless service as the path of Yoga describes.
We have been taught by society that we need to take care of ourselves and if we put others ahead of us, we are doormats and we are being used. I am here to tell you this is not the case. I have readily and easily put others ahead of me for the simple joy of seeing someone else benefit besides myself. My life is full of blessings and I attribute that to the fact that I do dedicate myself and my life to the service of others. It is an inner achievement that takes place,not outward achievement that others can see and make note of.
So starting today, remember that your life is a gift…..a gift to others. You came here to help others on their path. Not for your own selfish gain or pleasure. Start to live life fully by choosing to to help one person a day in anything that you do. In time, it will grow and come to the point where you feel your life is really being lived. At that time my friend, you will rejoice in this thing we call life.
As always, I appreciate your comments. Tell me what you plan to do or have been doing. We are all helping each other grow and move forward spiritually!
In love and light,