LIFE IS PERSONAL.
OK Sure..., our life is woven in and out amongst that of our friends, family, work, and all the other different pieces of the puzzle in the flowing stream of our experiences....But underlying all of this is the PERSONAL LIFE of ours: Our Dreams, our Values, our Aspirations, our Morals. It's these CORE Truths which our own actions and way of living stem from. If we hold steadfast in our TRUTH, the Authentic Self freely shines.
But how easily do we get "Distracted"???? Distracted by THAT neighbour; what they're doing; how they responded; how we are judged; how the world didn't 'co-operate' that day; by that inconvenient resistence that wasn't MEANT to arise; the coulda, woulda shoulda's; and the fear driven 'what ifs'??. How easily do we veer away from the TRUTH of what each of us ASPIRE to as honest, pure and well-intentioned human beings BECAUSE we're affected by that which is outside of ourselves? Do we get distracted from persevering to live according to our TRUE Self because of external distractions?
In a recent 'fed up' grovel I was spilling about an incident that just WASN'T meant to happen and put pressure and temptations on me to REACT...... Someone I very much respect and admire responded with....: 'Saya... Just keep being true to your Authentic Self despite it and keep on going. Simple as that. See this All as your LIFE PRACTICE'. How beautiful are those words?.... "LIFE PRACTICE." I like the feel of those words.
The Way of our LIFE is PERSONAL.... and it's good to ask "do I sway away from my values and who I aspire to be in order to suit the 'everything else?' that's occurring and distracting me? Rather, it's best to have an unwavering loyalty and strength, in being TRUE to who we have chosen to be in this gorgeous existence we are blessed with. I have re-visited the below message time and time again and it sums it up pretty nice. To hold steadfast in honoring one's own SPIRIT...., TRUTH. To no matter what, remain AUTHENTIC, WHOLESOME and PURE in how we carry out ourselves in this existence. The bottom line is, the correct WAY to live, is ultimately between you and the luminous spirit that is your TRUTH within. Keep honouring it no matter what.
DO IT ANYWAY
People are often unreasonable, irrational and self-centred.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it may never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and 'them' anyway.
- Mother Teresa