Yes we all know what's happening. The cost of living is on the rise, the home values are plummeting, people are under pressure, the sky is falling and the future looks bleak. Sam, what kind of message of hope is this? Well, I want you to know that I am in touch with what's happening. Unlike many other experts, I don't live in my bullet proof ivory tower dispensing rhetoric. I feel the pain and emphasize with all of you good folks who are going thru hard times. I'm here to help, so feel free to call me anytime.
Animals have no doubts because they have no minds (ego). A cat does what a cat is supposed to do without any judgments or considerations. It chases a mouse and if unsuccessful it pursues another option to feed itself. Have you ever seen a cat, or any other animal for that matter, to put its paw on its head saying "you're such a bad cat because you couldn't even catch a mouse?"
One thing is for certain. Pleasure is not happiness. Pleasure comes from outside whereas happiness comes from inside. Pleasure is ephemeral and happiness is enduring. Just look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars….and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole of existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank accounts! Look at flowers - for no reason. It's simply unbelievable how happy flowers are.
“Recognized geniuses may be rare, but genius resides within all of us. There’s no such thing as “luck,” or “accident” in this cosmos; and not only is everything connected to everything else, no one is excluded from the universe – we’re all members. Consciousness, like physicality, is a universal quality; because genius is a characteristic of consciousness, genius is also universal. It follows that that which is universal is available to each and every person.”
~Power vs. Force by David Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.
What Dr. Hawkins is telling us here is that the process of creativity and genius are inherent in all of humanity. The potential genius resides within everyone – it simply waits for the right circumstances to express itself. We all can recall moments in our life when we made a brilliant move or decision, or said exactly the right thing at the right time, without quite knowing why.
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
What an incredible image; to leave footprints on the sands of time. Put another, to leave a legacy for future generations in the form of thoughts and actions that perhaps guide others to make their lives better. There are no accidents in this universe and the fact that you're reading this is also by design. We are all born to follow our passion and achieve greatness in life.
Our doubts are our traitors
And make us lose the good we oft might win
By fearing to attempt.
Too often we fail to act for the fear of failure. By failing to act we are acting to fail. Success is not doing the extraordinary things; it's rather doing the ordinary things extraordinarily well. The fact is that success can only be achieved when we have a clear vision toward which we are moving one step at a time. All one needs to do is to take action, no matter how small, toward that ultimate goal with consistent effort. You just do your things and step aside.