Gandhi. What a guy.
Yesterday I spent an hour or two reading Steve Pavlina’s blog. Steve reminded me, once again, that the only thing we can ever really do is be the change we want to see in the world. Complaining about the behavior of other people is useless and futile. The best thing for us to do is to take action to improve ourselves rather than worry about what other people are doing.
I’ve been staying with a friend recently and noticed myself complaining about a few of his little quirks, including occasional stinginess. Only yesterday did I finally realize that the reason I see some of his behavior as stingy is because my own behavior is stingy! Now I’m focusing on operating from a mentality of abundance, believing and knowing that the world always provides plenty of what I really need, including unconditional love and smiles 🙂
Whenever we see a problem in the world and experience any tension or conflict, the best thing we can do is turn our gaze inward. We may think the problem is external to us, but really the only reason we perceive the problem is because it lies dormant within. Imagine living in a state of unconditional happiness, yet you are still living in this physical world. Given that your unconditional happiness is derived internally, nothing in the external world would affect you. In this way, you are free from all of those things beyond yourself that change whether you want them to or not.
If we allow the external world to influence our internal state, peace of mind will only be a temporary state; however, we all have the capacity to make the shift to unconditional happiness by freeing ourselves from the attachment to the physical and tapping into the deep reservoir of peace and joy within. And, whenever you do perceive any conflict that stirs up a wave in your ocean of bliss, accept the conflict as a message from the Universe, guiding you along your path to greater levels of peace, joy, and fulfillment in life.
As Shakespeare said, “There is nothing neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.” Whenever we experience conflict, we can consciously choose to make the experience meaningful and allow for it to grow us in peace and expand our consciousness. Every moment, even right now, there is an opportunity to learn, to grow, to evolve. In this way, there are no real mistakes or failures so much as there are opportunities for learning, growth, and expansion.
Not sure who said this gem of a quote, but…”Change is constant, growth is optional.” Do you want to go through life helplessly out of control, allowing your environment to fluctuate in some sort of chaotic soup? I don’t. That’s why I choose growth! Growth, like all good things, is a choice. Choosing growth means learning from experience. It means opening yourself to the present moment. Wake up and start to wonder about life, turn your gaze inward, and discover that pure potential that awaits activation.
Choose to grow. Choose to learn. Choose to be the change you want to see in the world.