Taking a leap of faith

Leap of faithOne day I decided to quit…I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality…

I wanted to quit my life. I went to the woods to have one last talk with God.

“God”, I said. “Can you give me one good reason not to quit?”

His answer surprised me. “Look around”, He said. “Do you see the fern and the bamboo?”

“Yes”, I replied. “When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them.

I gave them light. I gave them water. The fern quickly grew from the earth.

Its brilliant green covered the floor. Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed.

But I did not quit on the bamboo. In the second year the fern grew more vibrant and plentiful.

And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.

In year three there was still nothing from the bamboo seed.

But I would not quit. The same in year four.

Then in the fifth year, a tiny sprout emerged from the earth.

Compared to the fern, it was seemingly small and insignificant.

But just six months later, the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall.

It had spent the five years growing roots.

Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive.

I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle.

“Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots?

I would not quit on the bamboo. I will never quit on you.

“Don’t compare yourself to others.” He said. “The bamboo had a different purpose than the fern.

Yet they both make the forest beautiful. Your time will come”, God said to me.

“You will rise high.” “How high should I rise?” I asked.

“How high will the bamboo rise?” He asked in return.

“As high as it can?” I questioned. “Yes.”

He said, “Give me glory by rising as high as you can.”

I left the forest, realizing that God will never give up on me.

And He will never give up on you.

Never regret a day in your life.

Good days give you happiness; bad days give you experiences; both are essential to life.

Serenity isn’t freedom from the storm, but peace within the storm.

 

I loved this story but could not find the original source.  If you know, please email me and I will be happy to accredit the author.

photo credit: Eli leaping via photopin (license)

Forgiveness

I found this amazing video on youtube and could not resist sharing it with you as the lyrics are so meaningful. I hope that you love it as much as I do.

Empowering the Jewel

Today I am going to talk to you about your purpose, vision and mission in life. What does this really mean to you?

The first questions that come into my mind are “Who am I?” and “where am I going”. Here is my take on it.

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As adults, we question our pure existence at every stage in our life when we have emotional downhills and at every one of those times those questions seem to come up. It always seems to be when we are downtrodden, disempowered and low that these questions come up. Why do we never ask these questions when in fact everything is going OUR way and when life seems to be in perfect harmony and your head and heart are in total synch? Have you ever wondered why this is? I spent years and years observing this behaviour in adults and children and I found that the older you get the more and more these questions are asked!

Why is it that a child never asks these questions? Well here is what I think and what I believe. I so strongly believe that every child – even before they are born – knows what it is that they will be entering into the world to do. I found that the more a person is in synch with their true heart and follows this in living that path to their real purpose, the more appealing that they appear to the outside world. More people seem to connect with them because they themselves are connected to themselves so therefore in total harmony with the energy around them and therefore this is resonating outwards.

Mother Teresa never had to ask people to love and respect her, they just did. She knew what she was here to do. The energy that liberated around her was empowering and full of substance: she was in total synch with her true being.

Martin Luther King, Lady Diana, Nelson Mandela, and Florence Nightingale – what about the “newer” people? Can you think of anyone who has that air around them? See if you can and you will know what I am talking about.

Is there then, not this same energy around children up to around the age of 4 years old? Why does everyone find them to be so cute no matter what colour, creed, race or religion? Would you then not say that this is somehow linked to them really knowing their true purpose in life, their true being and are totally one with themselves.

These are the jewels in our lives that we need to love and empower to just be, so that there is a better world. They are the future of this world and we can empower these jewels to shine..

May you discover your life’s purpose, mission and vision and next time you look at a child know they know far more than you could possibly imagine.

Seeds of Love

Today as I watch a parent looking and weening and nurturing their garden, I thought of a child who too is like that garden.

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The gentleman was so lovingly moving and nurturing every plant and as I saw this I went over to talk to him. “It is a lot of work isn’t it,” I asked. He said “Yes it is, but in order to make sure that I get the best out of the seeds I need to take care and help them grow.”

Hmm, interesting. We as adults take so much care over these seeds to ensure that they give us satisfaction to see what it is that we have developed. If they are vegetable seeds, to ensure that they give us the right nutrition, or flowers then they are just perfectly beautiful to see and smell.

I said to him “It is like bringing up a child, isn’t it really?” He answered, “Oh no, they don’t make noise and disobey and don’t try your patience!”

How interesting that we spend our every hour ridding the plant of insects and worms and pruning and nurturing and the next day only to do it all over again, yet we have all the patience in the world to nurture something that you have grown and are controlling.

Well you planted a seed that developed and grew to become a foetus, then a baby, then a child then an adult yet we don’t spend as much time on this as we do our plant seeds? Why?

Can you imagine if you nurture this seed that is the beginning of life what you could help develop? Just like the plant seeds, we need to nurture, love and mentor these seeds with love, patience and guidance. After all, we created them. They did not create us, we came into the world first, they followed … We came first! So many times I hear parents say that my son/daughter is uncontrollable they just don’t listen, I am tired and have no more energy…and so on and so on. When we nurture the seed that grows into a plant, do we ask it to do as it is told or do we physically and mentally need to nurture this growth? Are we able to stop the worms etc, sometimes but we give this seed strength with fertilisers and all sorts of things then we will make sure that we have done it just right.

Every plant that is nurtured then creates a succession of future fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers. And once the foundation of this seed is laid with love, patience and understanding, it then bears fruit and flowers. Then the nurturing that you need to do is reduced as the foundation is already laid!

Every child is like the seeds in your garden and if we nurture this miracle with love, patience and understanding imagine the fruits of what they would not only give to you but also to the world because they would pay this forward and create the same love, patience and understanding.

Can we change the world by nurturing our children – what do you think?

What is the way?

“The road less travelled is the path to take,” they say! However what is the road less travelled and how do you know that that is the road that one must take?

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The truth is you don’t, and you never will. A beautiful story about a seeker and Zen Master.

A seeker came to a Zen master and asked the question “What is the way?”

The Zen master replies “the hills are beautiful!” The seeker feeling excited and then angry could not understand why he was not answering the question. He thought “I am asking the Zen master for the way and he is saying the hills are beautiful!”

With that the seeker left feeling unfilled, angry and frustrated. A disciple, on seeing this, said to the Zen master “Master, he must think that you are mad!”

The Zen master replied “Well one of us is mad, because you cannot ask about the way; you have to travel it to find the way!”

Isn’t this true? Through travelling, the way is discovered. It is not there ready-made, so no-one can say where it is. It is not like a highway showing you the direction, ready-made for you to travel. There is no way like that!

A way is created by your travelling. The moment you take your first few steps, a way is created. It comes out of you! It comes from you. You create it then travel it then create it some more. If a way is shown it is someone else’s way – you must travel to find the way!

The way to travel cannot be asked! YOU are the way. When the Zen master said that the hills were beautiful, it is because nobody crosses the hills and only those that cross the hills see beyond the hills. Because beyond the hills is where you will find the way!