Life’s Enduring Journey – Part Two

We have seen many people forced to address issues because they saw an injustice and determined that they would work to right the wrongs. Equality, fairness, civil rights, and freedom are all causes which have taken people like Confucius who changed the psyche of his nation through teaching, Martin Luther King who brought awareness and change to the plight of African-Americans, Florence Nightingale who changed the face of nursing, Gandhi and Mandela, who brought freedom to their nations, Golda Meir, the first woman to lead the nation of Israel, Jesus, who preached of God’s love so that his disciples could bring Christ consciousness to the world, or Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B Anthony, who fought for equality of women’s rights. Social, spiritual, ethical and religious revolutions brought their leaders to heights they never imagined.
Leadership carries its own weight and responsibilities. Without the brave men and women who saw the need for profound change, our world would be completely different. Each moved forward without knowing the end result but we can applaud their incredible foresight.
And yet, each Leader would tell you, that no one person works in isolation. As you make your way into the ‘journey’ of your own world, taking a stand for what you believe in, following through on the promises you made to yourself and others is important. If you join like minded souls whose passion for a cause matches your own, you will be no less an agent of change than those who have followed great leaders since the beginning of time. We are nothing in isolation. We are nothing if our message is lost because we failed to commit ourselves to an ideal and follow through.
From all of our earliest journeys, we have traveled the path of our destiny with others. We join hands across the table, the room, the country, and the world, to connect with our human brothers and sisters. Like us, took they took that first breath of inspiration and rose to meet the challenges of growth through development of skills and strengthening of faith in a common purpose.
Our early experiences may have been different but at a point in our lives, much like this point in time today, we must intersect with each other to learn, to create change and bring about a better world for all.

From The Desiderata

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann

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Life’s Enduring Journey

Life’s Enduring Journey – Part 1

We are all blessed with the presence of spirit.  In many cultures and traditions, Spirit derives from the same root as the word for breathing and inspiration.  On the day we draw our first breath we become a part of the living breathing universe and partake of a common spiritual energy which enfolds all of us and derives its own power from earth, sun, sea and air.  In the Desiderata we find these words;

 

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

And from the day we draw our first breath, we begin an exciting journey of discovery which helps us to grow and meet the challenge of a spiritual being developing the human condition known as life.

From the very beginning of our journey we are offered many chances to learn. Each step along the way builds on the previous.  Each step provides a building block which allows us to take the leap of faith and move forward.

The eyes of a newborn see the world from the arms of a mother’s love.  We feel safe and secure in the physical comfort and strength of those arms which hold us firmly.  From there we learn to take those first steps into the larger environment of family and friends.  Early childhood is such an important time.  Differences, change and challenge all become a constant as we evolve from infancy to childhood.  We need those changes to ensure that we don’t become stuck in ideas and rigid thoughts which hamper our growth.  Adults should encourage children to actively seek challenges which teach them how to grow in strength and purpose.  One day, all too soon, we are young adults ready to face the larger world.

How will we step out there into the wide world?  How do we know that we can maintain a willingness to explore the diversity of humanity?  How can we do all this with a eagerness of spirit and an respectful awareness of our fellow travelers?

During those young adult years we must use the world of education and peer support to engage our senses and determine our destiny.  Will we lead or follow?  Will we make a change or fall into the comfort of routine accepting the status quo?  Questions will arise which should enable us to find the most meaningful path.  Sometimes we need to serve our own needs and sometimes the needs of others.  Our goal must be to know that in choosing a path we satisfy the soul’s yearning for a faith which sustains us, hope which fulfills us and a love which keeps us focused on the journey.

Many times in life we are confronted with a flash of insight. The crossroads of past present and future intersect. For the traveler it is a moment like no other.  We sense a wake up call to service or to serve.  We are asked to make a commitment to the integrity of our determined purpose or a cause beyond what we could even imagine.  The self awareness of that defining moment in our lives must resonate deeply within us.  And, we must answer the call.

Our life’s journey, may come early or it may come later.  It may be a product of the history we bring from our ancestors or it may be a result of the incident from childhood which drives us forward.  Sometimes tragedy is the cause and for others it may be an injustice which opens the door to a realization.  That moment of recognition is the culmination of one journey and the beginning of another.