Events of late have overwhelmed me with the realization that we spend entirely too much of our lives trying to be someone else instead of simply being who we are. Sometimes it’s really refreshing to strip away all the ‘junk’ in our lives and examine the fundamental truth as to why we are here. Unfortunately, this process is often accompanied with a set of painful realities – namely that we allowed ourselves to be on a path to ‘no where’ for too long.
In my own journey I have wandered looking for that “life purpose” giving me the peace that comes from truly knowing why one is here. It has been an elusive critter, wary of the light, always darting around bushes and hiding in corners. An occasional glimpse was all I seemed to ever get. Several years ago as part of a leadership course, that elusive purpose started to finally come into view. With the help of some loving friends, it started to come into focus and there was a moment of great joy. Aha! I finally had it in my hands. Holding it tightly, I was determined not to ever let it go and to live the rest of my life in complete alignment with it.
But alas it was not to be! The more I looked at this ‘monument’ I had now taken possession of, the more it appeared to change. Once again, it started to elude me like smoke in your hands. I started to discover even deeper dimensions I had not seen nor anticipated. My life purpose wasn’t static, it continued to evolve and change; and with it, my own priorities, dreams, and hopes. Why did I allow myself to be plagued by this seemingly incessant chatter calling me to something more? I’ve heard it said that many live their lives in quiet desperation. There have been days I would have willingly accepted that over the turmoil.
But as humans, we are incredibly unique. We aren’t meant to arrive, drift through life aimlessly, then exit quietly to float into some eternal abyss. Our lives are meant to be creative. We are the co-creators of our world. And like most creative processes, it’s often messy and filled with disappointing failures. When humans connect though, the power of creativity cannot be denied. There is something very special about the power of human connection – something that transcends all the chatter or the mundane rhythms of daily life. We are connected with one another in a dance of creative glory that seeks nothing more than to elevate, advance the human condition, and be bearers of love. To be keenly aware of this privilege and calling shouldn’t be a burden; it should be a call to openness and action.
When you extend that realization of connection even further, you glimpse into the immenseness that is the power of the universe. It’s easy to trip up over ourselves – after all, our minds lead us to believe only what we can see. But imagine yourself a simple atom in an ocean of other sentient beings all interacting with each other in a creative symphony generating love’s energy. For that is precisely what is going on. We can’t remove ourselves from universe’s ocean. But we can allow ourselves to float aimlessly bumping into other atoms with little care or concern. It’s like a person walking down the street distracted on their phone and running into other people. We can be so self-absorbed that we completely miss the continuous flow of gifts. It’s only when we raise our awareness that those encounters become meaningful and creative