I live for “a-ha” moments. Sometimes I forget that these are the moments that make up all the beautiful parts of our lives. We are always trying to get to a certain goal or destination and all the lessons and experiences along the way we just glaze over because we are so focused on the end result. The journey is the destination. I love that. Dr.Michael Beckwith said that the other day at Agape Spiritual Center here in Los Angeles and it just rings so true in my heart.
It’s funny how someone can you tell you something and you “hear” it, but you don’t really feel it. It doesn’t get to your core. I’ve always heard and even preached that you don’t have to be or do anything to have value in this world. Who we are, our true nature, our gifts, our light, our life is here on this planet for a reason and if we find the truth and beauty in that, that is enough. I was listening to a song by Des’ree called “Strong Enough” and it just sparked this thought in me and suddenly this KNOWINGNESS and RELEASE came over me that I don’t have to try to do or be to impress God, or my Dad or my grandparents or my friends or even me. I AM and that is enough. If I can look at myself at the end of everyday and know that I loved with all my heart, that I lived a life of integrity, that I was impeccable to my word, that I left this world a better place every day, then I have LIVED. Then I am successful. If I live passionately doing what I love without NEEDING an end result from it, then that is enough.
I always hear about if you do what you love and follow your passion, money and success will follow. Yes! But I’m realizing that the end result, what so many of us strive for, constantly keeps us in the chasing of that instead of the truth of what you’re doing because you simply LOVE it. I think so many of us stop loving what we do or lose sight of WHY we are doing it because we are trying to get to that goal. If we take the time to stop and feel and live those individual moments with all the love and joy we feel in our hearts towards it, then no matter the “outcome”, you can say that you live doing what you LOVE! If you know that you can die tomorrow and that you can leave this earth knowing that you made this world better in some way, then how can you ask for anything more than that? You don’t have to be out there saving lives, creating cures for disease, or protecting the homeless to have lived a life of value. If you leave people with a smile, with a laugh, with hope, with joy, with inspiration, then you can say you are truly living.
I’ve spent many years, even up until this morning thinking that I need to DO all these things to have value, and for the first time today, I realize my value is simply in BEING. BEING love, BEING joy, BEING ME!