Powerful Steps to a More Meaningful Life
Focus your intention! “Five miles out in the stormy North Atlantic,” writes White in On Being Human, “on a rugged, almost barren rock, successive generations of monks lived what was, for them, a meaningful life. You do not need to make the same choices they made, but set a clear intention for yourself, focus your will on what you have chosen, and practice with sincerity and purpose. Occasionally refine the course, but sail on, sail on. Do not wait final answers, but remember the ancient Chinese saying: ‘A bird does not sing because it has answers. It sings because it has a song.’” Listen for the Harmony! White continues: Einstein thought the most basic question of human existence was this: Is the universe a friendly place? No one can answer that question for you (Einstein’s answer was - Yes). If he was right, if it is a friendly place, then you have the possibility of finding your way into alignment with the harmony, the music of the spheres. You can find a way to play your part in the symphony of life. If the world is friendly, in spite of all the hardships and difficulties, then your part involves doing what is good, as you discern the good, as often as you can. By so doing, you will make the world ever more friendly for others, and also for yourself. When it is possible – Choose Love and Joy! Life is filled with difficult decisions – as well as struggles and mistakes. It can be hard! In the face of the hardship, most of us will become discouraged, perhaps even at times feel defeated. What to do? Accept the difficulties as a natural part of life, but in those moments when you have the strength to make a choice, make an effort to choose love. St. John of the Cross said, “Where there is no love, put love, and there you will find love.” Any time you can add a portion of love to the world, at that moment you will be in the presence of love.