“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