There is a great value in the art of living but we need to engage a little more openly in our search for meaning, because there are a lot of lost and hurting souls that don’t see the point of trying. It is for them that we cannot hide. It is for them that we need to be more open about our fears and hurts. It is for them that we should be a little more daring, and in turn we will find that our search for meaning becomes deeper.
It is really impossible to change or save the world, but that doesn’t mean we should stop trying. It is not our successes that really matters anyway but our attempts. There is much to love about the process of living because it is impossible to help all of humanity and make a difference. It is an illusion that has lead to many disastrous experiments. It is an ideology that always defeats us and prevents us from trying again. The only thing that is truly within our control, are the people we are tangibly connected to.
They are the ones that matter. They are the ones that are worth it and they are the ones that it might be so difficult to reach.
I find that it is sometimes easier to have a deep meaningful conversation with a stranger, than your wife or husband, or your children. I think its because we build up illusionary expectations of one another and mirror one another to each other. We pretend and play many roles instead of being who we want to be.
It is becoming more and more clear to me that we have to make every effort to embrace the struggle of being human and in turn commit to live meaningful lives. It harms us to simply exist as mere presets and mirror reflections.
We are free and beautiful human beings that are forever changing. As a matter of fact, we are always changing. I don’t believe we are ever standing still. We are always evolving and adjusting to the rhythm of existence.
What I am trying to say is that anyone who undertakes the journey of making themselves a more fully alive human being, undertakes at the very same time, the mission to uplift and lead others in the same direction.
We make ourselves better by making others better, and we have less influence the closer someone is to us. Think about it. When a bully at school called you stupid or ugly or fat, did you not take that personally? But why did you, when your mother and father at home taught you otherwise?
I am not bright enough to know why that is, but I am bright enough to accept the fact that this is how life is. I accept it so that I may have a greater influence in other peoples lives.
You should too.
While you pursue your own meaningful life, don’t forget to inspire those you meet and those that flow in and out of your life on a semi casual basis. Your life means a great deal to them. More than you could ever imagine.
Sometimes a kind word from you can melt the most stubborn heart.
Don’t forget your power.
Cover photo generously provided by photographer Mubariz Mehdizadeh via unsplash.com