“To explore what it would mean to live fully, sensually alive and passionately on purpose, I have to drop my preconceived ideas of who and what I am.” … Dawna Markov
Everybody in the world seems to have an opinion about how everybody else should live. Governments run countries based on their opinions. Countries go to war over their dyed-in-the-wool thinking … and religious organisations issue proclamations regards appropriate behaviour based on their individual foundational beliefs. The challenge is … in my opinion anyway … that if I’m so busy telling you how to live your life … making judgments about said life … and/or casting you in a negative light because you don’t walk-like-me or talk-like-me … where is there space inside of me and where am I making time in my own life to improve my way of acting, thinking and believing?
Like most young people … when I was very young I was sure that I knew the answers to all of life’s problems and if someone would just give me the reins I would be happy to show them how things should be done. Wow … didn’t the passing of time and few metaphoric smacks to the head just smarten me right up!??! I’m now very careful to preface most of “knowing” statements with things like … “Well I think I’ve got it now.” … and avoid global, landmine statements like … “Well now I understand!” I’ve found that, that last one is just inviting the Universe to enlighten me as to just how much I do not understand. What I do understand is that: a) provided I’m open and paying attention … every day I learn something new … about me … about the people around me … and about life; b) the more I “know” … the more I realise that I really know very little about the grander scheme of things or Life’s amazing plans; and c) Life is incredibly tolerant and forgiving of my lapses in judgment, my sometimes less than sterling behaviours and my occasional stumbles.
I’ve walked a most interesting and challenging path these last few years and whilst on said path I have discovered that very few of my “preconceived ideas of who and what I am” were true. My journey thus far has provided me with the most excellent opportunities to “let it all go” … to take long looks at and healing trips through my internal landscape … and “to live fully alive and passionately on purpose.” Wow … I love it! I am not the same person who started this trip nor do I seem to be heading in any direction that I had previously imagined. What I am, though is incredibly appreciative and grateful … happy in pretty much every moment … and filled with anticipation to see what awesome surprises Life delivers to me next. I am definitely living in exciting times!
Arinaste and Joyful Journeying Everyone.