“There are people waiting for someone just like us to come along. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give.”–Leo Buscaglia
You can’t make a giraffe sing an aria. You can’t teach a goat to do the cha-cha. And you can’t really be happy in this life without being true to who you are.
Take all the aptitude and career tests and Myers-Briggs you want, but your purpose here on Planet Earth is to be love, to demonstrate your true self.
Doesn’t matter if you’re a plumber, a sign painter, a candlestick maker, you will only find meaning if you live to love.
Whenever there’s any kind of question (say, you’re put out because the airline cancelled your flight or your seven-year-old forgot to put his soccer jersey in the laundry basket and it’s crusted in his bedroom corner on gsame day) you will always be happiest when you choose the loving option. Kneejerk reactions often cause us to feel justified in holding grudges or feeling put out. But kneejerk reactions do not a happy camper make.
Choosing the loving response (whether the subject of your ire “deserves” it or not) will always make you feel happier.
As ACIM Lesson 229 points out. We were made by love and we’re here to love. Any other choice makes us miserable.
Because I’m committed to give as much love as I can in every situation that I can, I have decided to join Tribes for Good on their maiden Social Impact Journey this November. These journeys to India are week-long curated expeditions to learn, well, how to change the world.
Like me, Tribes for Good is on a mission to overturn the dominant paradigm.
The current economic model suggests that ambitious, talented people should go to college and then find a slot to fill within the existing structure.
But as most of us have learned by now, squeezing ourselves into a slot is a limited ambition. It’s not the path to joy. We were designed by the big love kahuna to be go-getters, problem solvers, full-hearted givers to all.
Fitting into a big machine will never be as satisfying as discovering your own love mission, creating your own path. Working really hard at someone else’s agenda will never fully satisfy your deepest needs.
That’s what Tribes for Good is all about. Giving us the tools to use our unique talents and gifts to make sure that all of our brothers get a fair shake. The end result is an insanely meaningful, productive and prosperous life.
To find out more about these week-long curated expeditions of discovery, insights and reciprocation, click here. And if you want to read about one of my heroes who successfully used his gifts to change the world (I once wrote about him for People magazine), click here.
And this weekend, as you’re having the best weekend of your life, remember that love is who you are, why you’re here, the reason for everything.
Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.