This week we talked about just a few things that are good for the soul and great for the world. The phrase was coined as a way of saying that when something is done in justice and truth with the intent of blessing others, a blessing is also automatically generated for the person doing the deed.
When the scriptures talk about how it is more blessed to give than to receive, I always figured that when one is supplying something, that means first he possesses something to provide. (Which is a blessing already as opposed to needing something.) But also just for the sake of seed sowing or karma, giving blessings also open doors for you to recieve your own when needed.
It is with this in mind that I want to remind us that we have to invest into ourselves as well. By that I mean we can only give and bless to the degree that we are fulfilled and functional within. If we are stressed, worried and angry it’s difficult not to reflect that energy back into the world. Giving will only be so effective as there will be a level of resentment and hurt because of our own unfulfilled need for love and security. If we are free and flowing with the universe as it pertains to our peace and purpose, the fruits will be that much sweeter as we extend benevolence to one another.
So inward investment is in order. Charity (love) starts at home – so we must learn to love ourselves and appreciate what we have inside. We must recognize and acknowledge the gifts and talents we posess and believe that they are a blessing to others. We also have to learn to accept the gifts that are available from others and deem them necessary for our own development.
What am I saying? Its time to invest in yourself! That means taking an inventory of your life – seeing where you are and where you want to be. What is it going to take to get you there? What steps are necessary for you? What books do you need to read? What are the initial phases of change that need to happen? Who are some people who can help you?
Look inward and ackowledge who you really are on both the good and the not so good sides. Decide what kind of person do you really want to be. How much integrity do you REALLY want to live with? How far are you willing to discipline yourself to reach that level?
All these questions need to be answered if you are going to live your best life. Time is short and we don’t know how much of it we have left. But we do have the moment and if we build those moments piece by piece, we can accomplish goals and be a witness to other people the a life of peace and success is possible.
By success I don’t mean money – though there is money to be made. Successful people are people who have worthy goals and plans and follow through on them. Successful people are focused and directed – they make things happen for the good even if no one else can see the progress for the moment. Most times when we see someone who is a success, we see the finished product, but were not around to see the price that was paid to get to that point.
There are no quick fixes, but investing in your own goals, peace, and happiness is a great way to start your life that is good for your soul, and great for your world.
Be good to yourself~
Grace & Peace