Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Start Right Now

Even after all this time
The sun never says to the earth,"You owe Me."
Look what happens with
A love like that,
It lights the Whole Sky. Hafiz
A beautiful friend sent me this poem from Hafiz. Even after all this time, his words endure. Add value, create light, create joy.

Time is a continuum we travel. Time is all we have to measure our progress through space. Yet, time is very subjective. A man made creation to put a value on our journey.

There was a time when I believed I would never know happiness again. Today, happiness imbues my being with a spirit of joy.

There was a time when I didn't want to live. Today, I live each moment filled with the joy of being alive. Of having this moment to fill with passion and love.

And, there was a time when I did not believe I could fill a blank screen every morning with anything worth writing. Today, I am writing my 650th blog. I could not have known when I began this process how valuable it would become in my life. How much a part of my morning it would be. How many people would make me part of their daily routine.

There is so much I do not know when I begin a new beginning. So much I do not know when I awaken to my day. Which is why, knowing my values, beliefs, principles is so important. Without them, the unknown unfolding in my day could pull me off course, could distract me from my purpose, could distance me from my passions.

On Saturday, when I was teaching The Passion Test course, one of the attendees said, "I'd feel more comfortable answering the question, "When my life is ideal I want to be...."

"What is it about the statement, 'When my life is ideal I am...' that bothers you?" I asked him.

"Well, I'm not what I want to be. I would like to be that way, know I need to be that way for my life to be idea. But I'm not that way right now," he replied.

"What would you like to be?"

"Oh, well. forgiving. I'd like to be forgiving of myself and others."

"What if you claim that desire now. What if you start right now to be a forgiving man?"

"But I don't know if I can do it."

"Start right now."

"Be forgiving."

"Yes. Start right now. Write down, 'when my life is ideal I am living with forgiveness in my heart, or however the words fit for you. However you write them, start right now."

Action engages attention.
When I focus on being forgiving, I take my focus off being unforgiving.
When I take action to create forgiveness in my life, my attention moves away from what I don't want in my life, onto what I do want in my life.
I don't know what the result of being forgiving will be. I do know that it is what I want more of in my life.
This morning I awoke and did not know what I would write. I opened my email and found a lovely Hafiz poem from a beautiful woman. The words align with my passions, my values, my beliefs. I wanted to share the poem with you. I wanted the poem to inspire my writing this morning.
All it took was the action to create the opportunity for the words to flow.
Start right now. Whatever it is you want in your life, to change, to create, to build, to dream, Start right now.
The question is: Are you willing to claim what it is you want in you life? Are you willing to start right now?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love this. Thank you for sharing your words and wisdom. :)