To be happy, we must fulfil our individual innate potential. Otherwise, we will feel frustrated at some level. In fulfilling ourselves, we will naturally contribute something of worth to the world. Selfish ambition, whether blatant or secret, destroys many a friendship and many a career. Selfish ambition cannot help but see others as competition. If someone else is succeeding, we think that means that we are not or perhaps not as well as them. Dedication to the good of all, including ourselves, takes the ill-will out of competitive thinking and makes the way to success smoother than we could otherwise orchestrate. We will have God/good on our team.
To follow our own destiny and to have generosity and goodwill towards others gives us a fearless confidence. We know that we will have our place in life and that it will bring us enjoyment and satisfaction. We will not be afraid to pursue our own path with all the energy and determination that we can draw into one short but important lifetime. When things go well, we will be gracious and grateful. When they do not, we will be hopeful. We will neither puff up with pride nor blame ourselves with recriminations of failure. Not only does such an approach save us from the never-ending stresses of competitive and ill-willed human interaction but it makes our life a prayer.
We can accept everything good with open hands but those hands need not grasp and cling with fear. We open our palms Heavenward with thanks that we have been given every beautiful gift which has come our way. Then we will not overly grieve that which changes. Sadness will not become our constant buddy but an occasional visitor who we will patiently entertain with the knowledge that the visitor will soon be gone. We will not resent the success of others. What blesses one, blesses all. In practising these attitudes, there will grow within us a quiet but irrepressible, alive, and glowing radiance. Such radiance has the glow of spiritual beauty. It protects us from many human problems and is a healing balm. It brings relief to a world with much brutality on all levels. Those around us will feel better, lighter, and freer.
We all have this spiritual beauty. It is our most true self. For some, it is more evident. For some, it is more buried. To be a human soul is already to have the inheritance of spiritual beauty. It is our life task to align with that beauty more fully and to release all the ugliness which seems to get in the way.
This article is from Love’s Longing