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*Words of wisdom for inspirational thought are at the end of the story!
“How many books have been written on finding your purpose in life? How many words have been spoken about finding your path for your purpose in this life? How many religions espouse to be the way for you to achieve your purpose in life? How many ‘self help’ gurus claim to have the key that will unlock the answer to the age-old question, ‘what is the purpose for my life?’ How many mediums have been contacted and prayers spoken in an attempt to find the purpose of the asker’s life?”
“The purpose of life transcends every culture, every continent, every ethnicity, every gender. Every single human being at one time or another during their lifetime will ask themselves or others: what is my purpose in this life?”
Guru Garysheema wasn’t holding anything back today. He was jabbing straight at the jugular with the passion within his questions. As always, whenever I listened to him, I was amazed at his insights and how he explained complicated subjects in such a simple narrative.
“Do you not find it interesting that the people of the world have been asking this same question for centuries? Do you not find it interesting that there are new books continuing to be written on this topic every year, that new words are continuing to be spoken for inspiration and insight every day, that new religious leaders are continuing to point to their belief system as holding the key, and New Age gurus are continuing to claim enlightenment is the way to discover the answer to this age-old question?”
“Taking this information into account, it is quite obvious that no one is satisfied with the ‘answers’ set forth or they would not continue asking the question time and time again. It is also quite obvious that you are not satisfied, as you would not be sitting here if you were. The search is endless, but the treasure is priceless… And that treasure is contentment.”
“The search takes so many different paths. Some choose a physical approach. Some choose a mental approach. Some choose a spiritual approach.” He smiled, gazing out at all of us, before saying, “Some choose to use all three.”
“Some try to find the treasure within themselves. Some try to find it through the life of another. Some try to find it by participating in a cause. Some try to find it through acquiring wealth. Some try to find it through fame. Some try to find it in their work. Some try to find it within family.” He paused. “Think for a moment, my friends. Reflect on your own lives. How do you try to find this treasure? Where have you sought the answers?”
The auditorium was silent for several long seconds, but Guru Garysheema was in no rush to continue and allowed several moments for contemplation. After several people shifted in their seats, he smiled and continued. “Many search high and many search low. Many look near and many look far. They explore under rocks and water, in mountains, valleys, woodland, and deserts across the globe east, west, north, and south.”
“For years, I too searched for this elusive answer until one day it hit me as plain as the nose on my face. The answer transcends everything in this material world and speaks to the individual as well as to the collective. You see, we are all connected through our spiritual nature, and thus our individual purpose is also our collective purpose. When we discover this truth, more importantly practice this truth, the world benefits just as the individual benefits.”
“As I firmly believe and have spoken of before, there is not one world, but there are as few as eight billion worlds coexisting in one world. The whole cannot be greater than the sum of its parts. If we could each understand that no individual person is special because everyone is special, and if we could learn to exert our individual will in concert with the collective will of others…” he clasped his hands together, “then, my friends, our individual purpose will become more apparent to every single one of us.”
“Each of us comes into the world to experience, and as we are experiencing our individual worlds within the collective world, the collective world experiences each of us. Ying and Yang, light and dark, action and reaction. One does not exist without the other. It is important for all of us to remember that we are all spiritual beings having a human experience. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life because we are living. Listen closely to what I am about to tell you.” He paused surveying the room before holding his hands out toward us. “This means that you are the meaning and purpose of your life.”
“I believe each life has a purpose, for the one and for the all. I believe each day our actions, reactions, and individual decisions should make our world and the world better. The ripples our actions, reactions, and decisions create should be positive for ourselves and others. Each of us should help the world and let the world help us. We should work hand in hand. So, what is the purpose of life? You are, I am, and we are. I believe if we can make the following statement our mantra, we will understand our purpose in life.”
“Everyone reach under your seat and retrieve the slip of paper that has been placed there.” Once everyone had their slip of paper and was upright, he laced his fingers together and smiled. “My friends, let us read these words aloud together. In doing so, remember your individual voice makes up the collective voice within this room. You must always remember you should live your life in such a way that…
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THE WORLD IS A BETTER PLACE BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN IN IT
I AM A BETTER PERSON BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN IN THE WORLD
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