Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Pay Attention

“Difficulties come when you don't pay attention to life's whisper. Life always whispers to you first, but if you ignore the whisper, sooner or later you'll get a scream”

The economy is in flux; so are we. For years I’ve noticed that the universe speaks to us in whispers. If we ignore the whispers, we get pebbles of warnings. If we still don’t pay attention, we get bricks of problems, and if we’re really hardheaded, eventually the entire wall comes crashing down. This is a pattern I’ve seen repeated so often, in every area of life, that I know for sure when you don’t pay enough attention to the pebbles, it’s just a matter of time before the bricks show up.

The international financial crisis is the brick wall that’s going to force us to deal with the reality of what truly matters. And it will force us to face the spiritual crisis of figuring out who we are and who we choose to be.

Our spending and greed for the material things that we think will define us have been forcibly put in check. We have a wake-up-call opportunity to get real and be real with each other by finding ways to show love, give love, be love, without spending a whole lot of money. It’s a chance for us to take a long, hard look beneath the surface, into the culture of excessive more, more, more-ness that got us into this mess in the first place.

It will take more than a bailout to get us on the right track. We need to make a shift in the way we think about our lives. We may have to search deeply to recognise what matters. Sometimes when I ask people what it would take to make them happy, they don’t know what to say. They forge an answer about family and friends, and yet their lives are about everything else.

Everything in life has meaning. The bigger the fall, the greater the lesson.

Barn’s burnt down – Now I can see the moon.
 –Masahide (17th-century Japanese poet)


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