I’m prone to depression. Not because I’ve ‘got the blues’ or anything like that. It’s simply a chemical imbalance inherited from the family line. Good diet, some exercise, these things help. But there’s one thing that just obliterates that empty feeling.
Before I get to that I want to ask you if you’re sad. I want to ask you if you find yourself with no energy to really do something that will change the pattern of your life (if that’s what you want). I want to ask you if you feel alone or if you fill your time with distractions that really do nothing for you but give you a sense of small relief, be it tv, video games, obsessive Facebooking, lol, whatever it is. Do you find that time doesn’t feel precious to you?
I understand. Heck, most people should understand. We’re all human, after all.
So like I said, if I’m not on my toes I can readily fall into really wretched despair. So…why don’t I?
I gave myself a gift. And now I’d like to give it to you. It’s this:
The difference between fear and courage is having something worth fighting for. The difference between staying locked in a cocoon or spreading your beautiful wings is having something worth loving for. And the difference between staying dead in the earth or flowering in an explosion of colour and fragrance is having something worth living for.
And what that is for you is different than it is for me or any other person.
The only thing you need to figure out – really, the only thing – is what is that to you?
Is it your kids? Is it a goal to be healthy? Is it to finally honour the greatness you have inside of you? If it takes you one minute to figure it out, take the minute. If it takes you an entire day, take that day.
If you are thinking, “it’s taken me my whole life and I still don’t know what it is.” then guess what – you need to start taking action. You need to start putting yourself into motion instead of living in your head all the time.
If you don’t know what that thing is that will fire you up and give you purpose then go help at a homeless shelter. Go volunteer to work with the most disadvantaged. Smile at strangers as they walk by (but a nice, small smile, you don’t want to creep anyone out!)
The point is, if you have no idea what you care about, then start caring about anyone you can, and if you’re going to do that, then at least care for those who need it the most.
I promise you that if you do this, if you care for others with no desire to get something out of it for yourself, the thing that will get you going will just appear for you.
Find it! Follow it! And you will fly.
And flying means you’ll elevate and you’ll descend. Sometimes you’ll be soaring in the heavens and other times you’ll be steering through the dark but you will have wings.
So open up. Your life is short, oh so short! Focus on where you are, who you’re with and what you’re doing. Really listen to another person. Be there! Be present, be real, be authentic. No matter who is across from you, you are looking into the face of God, and chances are they won’t even know how holy they truly are.
When someone is speaking, you are listening to the voice of the Creator. They might not know that that’s the voice they’re speaking in but does it matter? The human race is plagued with forgetfulness. We are slumbering miracles and our dreams hint at our divinity. If only we could wake up.
Find the thing that wakes you up. Find it and you won’t be able to stop yourself from loving this life, this world and this moment.