by Jett Ray
Amongst all the other planned activities of the weekend, I spent a great amount of time doing some soul-searching and motive-checking. Making sure the reasons I am going about my business are worth the struggle and will benefit more than just my ego. I don’t want to be self-absorbed and blind to what goes on around me.
I know I am blessed to live in such a rich Country; To have at my disposal many things that others consider a luxury. My desire is to always be cognizant of the fact that it IS in my power to affect the happiness and well-being of another, with even small gestures of kindness and charity…but sometimes, I may miss an opportunity..because I’m not “listening”…Or I am really not “seeing”.
I wish I could express how grateful I am for the measure of success I have seen over my lifetime. There are times that I just sit back, with eyes closed and smile at the sky, reflecting on unspoken desires that have come to pass…It’s all so beautiful. But, I took some time this weekend to think about where I wish to go and what is it I want to accomplish by the success of the my pursuits. Fame? Wealth? Status? Not really…I mean, I’m not gonna sit here and tell you that I don’t want those things at all, but I recognize that they are not my goals. And I need to work harder to reach my “true” goals and do what is necessary to fulfill what I believe I am here to do.
At this point, I’m uncertain of all that I have the potential to accomplish, as I think much will evolve over time, but I am at least aware that if my heart has dreamed it, my life and my actions will continually seek it or reflect it.
“Charity is in the heart of man, and righteousness in the path of men. Pity the man who has lost his path and does not follow it and who has lost his heart and does not know how to recover it. When people’s dogs and (birds) are lost they go out and look for them and yet the people who have lost their hearts do not go out and look for them. The principle of self-cultivation consists in nothing but trying to look for the lost heart.” — Mencius (4th century B.C.)