I love those mornings when we wake up with a little extra swing in our step and a song in our heart. I woke up this morning singing the Beatles song Money Can’t Buy Me Love… to which I joyfully sang as I danced to the coffee maker! I watched my “fantasy” again last night, Eat, Pray, Love, and as I was watching this movie for the hundredth time, I finally realized that this is a journey that I have taken for the past decade! At one part of the movie the point is made that the journey is about believing in love again. That resonated in my heart because life really is about having the faith (trust) to take the inward journey with the hope of finding the meaning and purpose of our being. On this quest our ultimate destination will be love: … Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end … Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love ~ 1 Corinthians 13 (MSG).
Money cannot buy us love, nor can we “fake it till you make it.” Love is the treasure of a journey taken in faith (trust) for the pursuit of truth, purpose and meaning. A journey of growth that requires our honesty with self, God, and other sojourners. A journey that requires us to hope with expectation of a miracle as we allow our lives to be transformed. A transformation that takes courage and our willingness to make ourselves vulnerable. As I take a deep breath in and release, my heart swells with laughter and smiles, my soul is filled with peace and amazed wonder! My mind embraces a life long journey of learning what it means to love. In our words we are able to use love jargon. We are able to create images of love and tell stories of what ideal love looks like. Are we able to grasp the fullness of love? Are we able to touch love and allow loves presence to completely entwine our hearts with the reality of our own humanity and the humanity of others? Are we able to be still and sit with love and trust that love is able to peacefully connect each of us to the source of life, the Creator of the Universe, God? Are we able to be still and trust that within our own presence of being ~ hope, faith, love ~ that our voice is heard and let go of needing to control or fix? Let go of being right or wrong, good or bad… and rest in the truth that God is God and we are not.
We are called to be light… light simply glows and allows others to see the path clear. Light does not impose dogmatically the path that you must choose, judge, or hold back light when one stumbles or struggles. Light simply shines with brightness and the sojourner works their way closer to the light, allows the light to reflect on their presence, embrace their being with warmth, and capture their imagination with wonder. The path becomes more clear and with time each sojourner is transformed according to their own journey of the soul, not the light. The light continues to shine… simply shine (BE).
The journey is never complete in this life. I hope that I never stop learning or growing. My hearts desire is to explore love and find the courage within to open myself with complete vulnerability in shining a light of unconditional connection with those who long to know Love…