I was transformed the day my ego shattered, and all the superficial, material things that mattered to me before, suddenly ceased to matter.
At some point in our lives, more often than not, it’s during those naive teenage years, we wanted to change the world for the better. As adults many of us still do. My convictions to change the world were stronger, I’d say from age 13- 26, after that my rose colour glasses were shattered when I realised that in order to bring real change to the world, I had to change myself first. When someone says, “oh I’m out to change the world” Or ” I want to create a better world for my kids”……It made me wonder, what are they doing to create that change and are they looking within? How much time are they spending creating the change they wanted to see in the world? When we’re young the world is our oyster which brings some truth to that adage, “youth is wasted on the young” because until we understand what life is really about and what WE really want out of life, there is no changing it.
We are all creators, as such, you can create whatever it is we want. You can become better a person, you can make the world better. The only thing standing in your way of doing that, is the person looking back at you in the mirror. I’ve heard hundreds of times people blaming their parents, their circumstances, not having enough time or not having enough time. None of these things matter, when it comes to real change because it costs you nothing. The toughest pill to swallow is accepting this fact, but the sooner you can accept this fact, the better.
As adults we don’t have the naivety of youth to blame for our blindness, Rumi said it best when he said, “Yesterday you were clever so you wanted to change the world. Today you are wise so you’re changing yourself.” I know age doesn’t always come with wisdom but wisdom comes with truth. If you can accept these 4 truths, you can gain some wisdom about what it takes to bring some change to yourself.
1. Your habits will define you. We may hit a hump in the road but change doesn’t happen overnight, just as you hit that bump, you can make it over that bump and carry one. What you do today, reflects on who you will become tomorrow. Change is painful but it’s worth it.
2. Slow and steady wins the race. In this microwave age, as I like to call it, where everything is expected to happen in an instant. Slow down!! Living in the now, living each day at a time you learn to be more grateful, mindful and appreciative of yourself. Only then can you take care of the needs of your body, mind and soul. The soul doesn’t like to be rushed into anything. The soul knows what the soul needs. Rushing the soul is like trying to accelerate a sunrise.
3. Learn to harness your superpowers. One of your greatest superpowers will be that of focused attention, energy flows where attention goes. Put more energy into what you want rather than what you don’t want. Another superpower will be your experiences. Wealth is attained through experience, not tangible things. Tangibles can be damaged or lost over time, experience lasts a lifetime and brings with it a wealth of knowledge.
4. You have to give up feeding the ego. Kindness doesn’t kill you it makes you better, changing yourself begins with dropping your ego. The ego keeps you in a constant state of uncertainty, fear, worry and confusion. Kindness keeps us in a state of certainty, love, hope and the reality that we are all connected.
Pinned Message: Choose to live an extraordinary life, live the truth that you always have a choice. A choice on the kind of energy you attract and how that energy is projected into the world. Only then can you make a dent in the world.
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©Etta D. Richards