Just another traveler on life’s highway hanging out in the slow lane. It’s quiet. It’s peaceful. Beyond the horizon is rest calling my name. Green pastures, still waters, my cup is overflowing.
Be persistent in asking. When in that quiet inner space, don’t be timid with requests. The answer will always be “yes, no, or not now”. But, whatever the answer may be, rest assured that our internal GPS has got us covered and will bring us safely to the next plateau of life when heeding that inner voice. Very simple. A degree in spirituality is not required to know what the conscience speaks in those quiet moments. The secret, if there is any secret, is to slow down, be quiet, silence the wandering mind, and listen. Ask for guidance and it will be given.
Seek joy and peace relentlessly. Life changes with every passing moment. We must also adjust. Our central core of understanding has an amazing capacity to adjust. What was yesterday’s hot flash is today’s old fogey flashback. When hanging on to the ‘way things used to be’ we are stifling what needs to happen now for continuing growth. Doesn’t mean giving up values or the moral compass which has been a lifetime beacon; rather, it means evolving those values to make them workable in today’s crazy world.
Only a few centuries ago when one element of society disagreed with the beliefs and actions of another, it could find new, uncharted lands to settle and follow its philosophy in peaceful bliss. Unfortunately, vacant, unexplored land has disappeared and thus it has become essential to the survival of our species to practice co-existence with next door neighbors who look, talk, behave and worship differently.
Perhaps the common denominator is that the vast majority of the world’s population wants to live peaceably, support families, have a comfortable standard of living, practice a chosen faith walk (or absence of faith walk), and leave this world a better place then when arriving. The violence advocated by an extremely small, but vocal, percentage of extreme religious adherents has, unfortunately, grabbed today’s headlines. Each brand of religion is guilty. Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu each have an element devoted to hateful rhetoric and unenlightened teaching.
Demonizing an entire faith for the actions of a few of its adherents is not evolving to a plateau of world brotherhood necessary to co-exist. Rather than name-calling, fear-mongering, and instilling lies about those outside our tribe, what would happen if we allowed ourselves to recognize the divinity in all mankind? Loving another’s divine nature regardless of religious tradition does not diminish our own spiritual walk. It can only enhance the God connection.
Lead me by example and not by edict. A primary principle of Alcoholics Anonymous is ‘attraction rather than promotion’. Show me your wisdom instead of forcing it upon me. St. Francis of Assisi prayed, “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.”
Let’s try to be instruments of peace. It could be the only chance for the human species to see a 22nd century.