Love, Destiny and Creativity

What would we do without each other, our fellow humans, I mean? We complain about our significant others, our children’s behavior, our co-workers, other commuters—but can you imagine being alone on the planet, waking up every morning, wandering around, looking for just one other person? Life simply wouldn’t be life without other people because our reason for existence is all about the sharing of love.

It’s easy enough to lose sight of this in the whirlwind of existence. In fact, there are so many of us that we may sometimes feel lost in the crowd—but this feeling is meant as a growth opportunity. Inside, we’re all the same, all six+ billion of us, with similar hopes and dreams. We all need to feel loved, to come home every day to someone who cares whether or not we’re there. What is required to be blessed in this way? There’s an old saying that goes: To have a friend, be a friend.

We also need to follow the hopes and dreams of our hearts. As hard as this may be to hear, especially in difficult times, the way is always made for each of us to grow into who we are meant to be—but we must open our minds and hearts. We must have hope and faith, for these emotions unlock the doors to the pathways of our dreams. Why should the dreams of your heart not come true? Why shouldn’t mine? I’ve often marveled at the determination of disabled people who follow their dreams, anyway. No matter how hard your life is, there are others whose lives are much harder and many of them charge forward anyhow. Our belief systems create our lives. How else could it be? My belief systems create your life? Nope, you create yours; I create mine.

We humans also need to create and to be productive–or we turn against ourselves and then others. Inside each of us is a storehouse of creativity, something that comes naturally, some part of us meant to be given to the world. We are human generators waiting for the switch to be flipped, but nobody can flip your switch but you, and I must flip mine. In good economic times, we find work and repeat the days over and over: sleep, get up, eat, go to work, eat lunch, work some more, come home, be with family maybe, eat dinner, watch TV, go to bed. In bad economic times, we are restless, scared even, and begin to question what the heck is going on. That’s not such a bad thing because we don’t ask deep questions when we’re cruising; we only ask when life isn’t a bowl of cherries.

So, can you open your mind and find who you are meant to be? Yes, you can. All you have to do is decide to do it. Don’t stand there looking at the door. The door is waiting for you to turn the knob, for it is meant to be opened and passed through. Turn the knob and pull.

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5 thoughts on “Love, Destiny and Creativity

  1. I think to often we understand who we are based on our career/job. However, when we understand our purpose and value based off of those types of things, we devalue ourselves as people. Much more important than chasing after American “Success” I think we must pursue human significance. Success is self motivated, significance is other motivated. Success is rooted out of greed, ego, and selfishness, but significance is rooted out of love, sacrifice, and service.
    All that to say, I think that central to our search for purpose and expressing who we are meant to be, we must once again choose to be people who seek significance rather than success.

    • Drew, you are one awesome pastor! Thank you so much for being the real thing, a man who walks the talk and who has a gift for explaining clearly what is important. Thank you!

  2. Who M I meant 2 B? (sorry, couldn’t resist). I pray and pray to be an instrument of God’s love. And yet, I know there ar so many times I’m anything but. I feel spiritually mostly alive when I AM that instrument or when I am being creative. And I also greatly enjoy my ‘communion’ with God. And the struggles aren’t ‘bad’; they help get us to the next level of spiritual awareness.
    love,
    anita

  3. Pam, I think I know where you were going and for the most part, I agree. However, I do not agree with Drew. American success as he put it or the American dream can be based on many things not just the bad things like greed, ego and selfishness. It can be based on need, accomplishment and the desire to do better than those that came before you. A better life for your family instead of settling for mediocrity.

    As for significance, I would hope there would be a better word for making a positive difference. Everyone, good, bad and otherwise is significant. A speed bump is significant if you hit it hard enough. I want to do more in this life than just be another speed bump, don’t you?

    No Drew, the important thing is values. You can be successful if your values are channeled in the right direction. If you know the difference between right and wrong and exercise those rights and wrongs with the proper values in place.

    As for love, sacrifice and service. Those are end results of hard work, determination and dedication.

    Remember, everything and everyone is significant but, to what degree? That will be tallied by someone greater than us and at a much later date.

    Sincerely,
    Ed B.

    • Hi Ed,
      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I appreciate it.
      I think you and Drew are saying something similar with different words. In Drew’s case, his Christianity, if I’ve got this right, has led him to vigilantly watch for anything that may cause him to veer off God’s course, as he sees it. He is a pastor and calls himself to a serious commitment to Christ, which is how he measures success and mediocrity. He is a very unusual man because most of us do not measure success in terms of a relationship with God. That doesn’t mean we’re not living a life of significance, it’s just different than Drew’s. And, if I’ve learned anything at all in my life, it is that we each have to live the life we came here to live, in order to better know ourselves and our motives. Thanks again for making such a thougtful comment, Ed.
      Pam B

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