On the guilt-ridden, shame-filled end of the consciousness spectrum in our world, we can spend a great deal of time worried about how much we’re not doing for those around us.
Everything you do contributes to the world.
There is never a need to make up for what you think you did wrong, or did not do at all.
This – what I just said – can go against the grain of what a lot of us learn day in, day out.
I said it. And I’ll say it again.
(Did you need this today? Is this perfect timing?)
You do not need to make up for what you did, or did not do… at all.
You did whatever you did earnestly, whether you knew / know that or not.
You did it from the place of where you were / are in your growth.
Here’s a headliner:
Your punishment of yourself for your supposed wrong-doing only keeps you in a cycle of regret – which, fyi, is also a high level of resistance. What you resist, persists.
(And… their punishment of you, in social media or the court of public opinion, will never be greater than your punishment of you. Your thinking is always impacting you far greater than the thoughts of others.)
The needle won’t seem to jump…
The broken record in your mind continues to play in that spot, because, guess what? It’s got a dip. A dip, or you can call it a rut. That dip, or rut, keeps the player needle stuck in that spot. The rut, or dip, provides the resistance – the crevice – that keeps the needle from moving on, from moving forward to the next groove.
(And if I’ve gone too far in the “way back” machine with the record player analogy, forgive me… Back to the subject at hand…)
So what if I’m punishing myself, what does it matter to others?
We began by speaking of how wrong we make ourselves about what we’re not doing for others. But then, our focus becomes about us… and where we’ve failed. So…
What will make the greatest difference in our world today?
Making sure someone’s physical needs are taken care of around you?
Giving away something tangible to suffice an “immediate” need?
Giving time, energy, aid and assistance to others, a charitable org, or a homeless person you meet?
Giving money to someone’s Go Fund Me?
Giving of yourself to your family, your friend circle, your ‘hood, your company?
Or maybe, the immediate need is
what one thinks
to be altered to cause a ripple effect – unseen – among all of us.
the ripple effect is real
Changing what we think, thereby causes a new reality to emerge because we are actually BEING the change we wish to see in the world.
And when we are being that change we wish to see by thinking the thoughts worthy of the new future we envision for ourselves – and for the world around us – everything begins to change. Within us is where it begins.
Patience is a virtue. (Cliche or not, it’s real.)
“Immediacy” (aka FOMO) and the urgency with which we want all of life to change / alter substantially is a thought that lives in our minds. While many in our society agree on this thought, it does not make it more than a thought. An agreed on thought is still a thought.
And in this way, we contribute to the invisible – the thoughts and consciousness of our world – all day long, every moment and all the time. That invisible world – made of thoughts, words, actions, and most importantly, the unseen energy of all of these – is what moves unbeknownst to us to create the world we see, the visible, tangible one.
If you ever wanted to be part of a movement, just consider you already are a part of the movement of this unseen world. There is no escaping the part you play in that movement.
What are you doing to contribute to your joy today?
If you gathered up all the energy you expend on impugning yourself for what you think you’re not doing and think you “should” be doing, you’d have far more energy to expend making yourself happy to be alive.
(You’d have more energy for others too… if you wanted.)
The energy you expend in one direction could become the energy you expend in a moment that uplifts consciously and unconsciously those around you. The energy you expend in a downward direction could become the energy you expend in an upward direction. The energy you have expended in the past is already gone. Don’t concern yourself with that. Begin with now. Begin with today.
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your joy is not only your own – it is for everyone who is near
Who knows how your joy will affect another? And it’s not something you have to work at. Ever notice someone just notice you? You’re joyful in the grocery store and someone smiles at you because they see a light beaming from you… It can happen anywhere, and often does.
Who knows how your joy will inspire others in the moment? And often, if you / we allow it, the spontaneous response of others can inspire us back – that ripple effect, yes? If we allow ourselves to be caught off-guard… if we allow ourselves to be in the moment… if we allow others to connect… if we allow for something greater than our fear… if we remain in our joy and know that it is greater than all concerns we might have.
And what does it do for you? Shifts your life. In. Incredible. Ways.
Your joy has the possibility of lifting you up to greater heights in moments of uncertainty and/or depression, giving you new confidence in areas you’re not aware of, emboldening you to take actions you’ve not taken before, and other incredible possibilities that you have yet to experience.
Life is a beautiful symbiosis. And that symbiosis begins with you. Always.
It is just this simple.
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