So many of us have lived our lives placing unmerited value on the opinions of others while discrediting our personal truth and reality. Breaking the shackles of people-pleasing requires honest self-appraisal, a healthy dose of self-esteem, and an enormous commitment to self-realization.
Have you ever considered what a small speck each of us is in the evolvement of mankind? I prefer the word evolvement over evolution because religion, particularly some brands of Christianity, have given evolution a black eye over the past few centuries. Evolution or creation – why would I choose to take an untenable position over my origins, whether from apes or space travelers or divine creation, when my current situation is that today in this moment I have breath and heartbeat? What more do I need? That in itself is more miracle than I can fathom and process. Billions, no trillions, of souls have existed before me and to think that in this lifetime I will be able to figure it all out is ludicrous and time-wasting.
An appreciation of this personal existence begins with a place of reverence for all of life. Not just human form, but everything – animal, plant, fish, rock, soil, sandy beaches, high mountains, the depths of the sea and the atmosphere above us are all part of this earth’s ecology. Not one part is more important than the other – that is reverence for life.
No man/woman on this earth’s face deserves more than any other. No privilege, wealth, social status, political importance or religious demeanor will make an iota of difference in the final disposition of this life. You and I, Raj and Muhammad, fish and fowl, male and female, black and white, Christian and Muslim will return to the dust from which we came. Professions of faith, works of goodness, hours of solitude, bended knees in prayer, protests of social action, dedication to political justice will not matter one bit a million years from the year 2020 on this earth.
So what’s all the hoopla about today? Why the fuss? Remember the miracle of breath and heartbeat that I mentioned earlier? That’s it! I have dues to pay to breathe, share the air, walk this planet. Those dues include making a difference for another person, a difference for the tiger in the jungle, a difference for the water in the oceans, a difference for the trees in the rainforest. Living from a place of reverence for life demands that when my last breath escapes my lungs and my blood stops flowing I have done my utmost to leave this earth unscathed by my presence.
Words attributed to a man of great wisdom centuries ago said, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” MATTHEW 25 I trust that those words were meant to apply to every aspect of loving and revering this planet.
As for the planet on which I have lived, I hope my demise will prompt an earthly farewell, “Thank you. Dues paid in full.”
I AM LARRY – worthy, unique, loved