It’s a GREAT day!
Family…It is Monday! Aren’t you glad? I’m excited and energized to get back on this journey to our HAPPINESS. I am so GRATEFUL for all of you that have been travelling along with me. And I am excited about those joining us today, as we move on to the next leg of this journey. As we journey together, may you ALL find PURPOSE, COURAGE, PERSPECTIVE, INNER PEACE & STRENGTH.
In “The View”, I left you with a little homework. The first part of the assignment was; “The MOST IMPORTANT thing I would like for you to do during this time is…Take time to realize that YOU are OVER-looking the road you have just travelled. Marvel at its beauty. APPRECIATE that you are no longer where you used to be! Be THANKFUL for the ability to see your circumstances differently! Be GRATEFUL for being a BETTER person today, than you were yesterday! How is the VIEW from here?”
What observations did you make? How has your perception changed? Has your appreciation for life increased? Have you recognized the beauty of your progress (great or small)? How was the VIEW for you?
Many people wondered why I thought the break was necessary. They wanted me to continue on and I understand why. But the reason was simple. This is not a race to HAPPINESS, it is a JOURNEY. Some were able to go back and meditate on previous steps. Others were able to catch up with the rest. The break, indeed, was necessary.
The greater lesson to be learned from this is, how did use the time spent on your own? Let me give you some examples. For those of you familiar with Moses (of the Old Testament in the Bible), he spent time with God on the top of the mountain. While there he received instruction, directly from the source. But there also came a time when God sent Moses back down the mountain, to do the work. God knew that Moses’ destiny could not be achieved on the mountain.
Moses would have to go down alone into Egypt to fulfill his destiny. Think about it.
For those familiar with Buddha, his desire was to gain a direct connection to his higher self. Though he was dedicated to his daily meditation and followed the tradition of those that came before him, Buddha believed that there was something more, he could achieve something GREATER. So there came a day when he went away from others and sat alone under a tree. The way that the story is told, Buddha stayed there alone, in meditation, until he reached ENLIGHTENMENT. Until that time, it was said Buddha was the first to achieve this place of WISDOM, PEACE, & UNDERSTANDING…a direct connection to the source. Think about it.
For those familiar with Jesus (of Nazareth), many people followed him daily. In the masses that followed his works were his disciples, his fans, and his enemies. They all desired something different from him, but where did Jesus go? The Bible depicts several times that Jesus went off and away alone to pray and meditate. It was away from the masses where he was able to connect with the source, to recharge and gain clarity.
(DISCLAIMER: I do NOT consider myself (or my writings) a direct connection to God. I am NOT an expert on world religions. I do NOT intend to offend any or disrespect anyone’s beliefs. The latter examples were used because of the familiarity of the stories.)
The MESSAGE is…regardless of the teacher or the lesson, the true test of understanding is when you are home alone doing the work.
**As a reminder, the second part of your assignment was; “Block out two consecutive hours, during the week. (If possible, plan for Mondays.) Spend some good ‘ole quality time with yourself. Whatever the activity…Do it alone! Your HAPPINESS should not be contingent on anyone else to give it to you. In addition, take a closer look at your personal definition of HAPPINESS, revise if necessary. Review your HAPPY List and prioritize it. Create a PLAN to achieve your LEAST important HAPPY item, and then ACT on the plan. This will be very important as we move forward on the next leg of this journey. In order for us to be successful, WE MUST DO THE WORK.” We will be working on this next week.**
Family, my prayers and meditations are with you. Within us ALL, is the POTENTIAL to do the impossible. I believe this to be indisputable. Don’t take my word for it. See it for yourself. Realize where you are. Think about it. Exhale. Do the work!