Are we able to address the longings of our own heart and soul while fully giving of ourselves to others?
Finding our inner and outer life out of balance is more common today than finding ourselves with peace and harmony in every area of our life.
Why is that? Is it a sign of the times, or has it always been? I would venture to say, that it is a piece of the human condition. Albeit our fast paced society and the addition of technology hasn’t helped this phenomenon of imbalance, it is my belief that there has always been a yearning for the fulfillment of the inner heart and soul to enable your own special brilliance to be given freely. Whether you are an engineer, architect, artist, mechanic or…you name it. Whatever gifts you have been given, somewhere inside of you there is a desire to shine and share…to let ‘You’ out. This is a beautiful thing and if we hide our talents, (which is common by the way), I can’t help but wonder if it is due to an emptiness or hole somewhere deep in our own heart that needs to be filled. For if we do not have internal wholeness, we will not be able to give to our fullest capacity!
LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE!
LOVE & GIVE TO YOURSELF AS MUCH
AS YOU LOVE AND GIVE TO OTHERS!
I know, I can hear all the push backs…
- “You obviously don’t have my boss”
- “Seriously, time for myself? You’ve got to be kidding, between my kids, their schooling and activities along with work…I’m lucky to get 5 hours of uninterupted sleep”
- “Exercise…right, I get my exercise when I go to the washroom on my work break”
- “You don’t understand, I am so tired all the time. I hurt everywhere and I simply don’t want to move”
SO WHAT DO WE DO??
CHANGE YOUR MIND AND FILL YOUR SOUL!
Your Desire to Change must be greater than the desire to Stay the same!!
Let me tell you a short story…the other day I had a brief conversation with a woman next to me on an airplane. She was telling me how she had just taken guardianship of her 14 year old niece. I responded, “what an admirable and loving thing to do” Instead of ‘receiving’ a compliment, her response was, “It wasn’t really our idea of semi-retirement” Though I certainly sympathized with that, I went back to reinforce the positive and said “But you did have a choice right? How great that your heart is in the right place” Once again, push-back and she said “Well, it was us or foster care”…and on it went.
Does this mean we will never be sick. NO! Does this mean that I will never struggle. Absolutely NO!! What it means is we have a ‘choice’ to move into our discomforts, the ‘holes’ if you will in our heart and see exactly what we need to enrich and satisfy the space as opposed to ‘filling’ it with the shiny object syndrome or the poor me syndrome or whatever other syndrome that might be lurking around the next corner.
It is not an easy road when faced with illness, a teenager when you are retired, loss of a spouse through divorce or death, abuse, etc. The list goes on and on and on…
Because you see, that is what balance is…