“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand.” ~ Woodrow Wilson
I was giving thought yesterday evening to the people who have inspired me most and it occurred to me that the biggest impressions were made by those who challenged me to live more amply, with greater vision and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. In every case they topped the list not because of something they gave me, but because they enkindled – quietly or by way of direct confrontation – my passion to give more freely of myself.
My hope in this blog (and in my living for that matter) is not to stroke the egos of you, my dear readers and those with whom I am privileged to associate through other venues, but instead to encourage you to see that you can almost always give more fully of yourselves. In many cases what you are capable of giving, right here and now, could quite possibly exceed even your wildest imagination.
I would be content were you to see my life as a constant irritant to the part of you that is willing to settle for mediocrity. In fact, I don’t really feel like I am doing my job if you don’t feel a little bit of pressure every now and again from that which I feel blessed to convey to you through my writing and living.
Those who inspired me most always found a way to convey their love, respect and appreciation for me while turning up the heat, directly or indirectly, on those parts of me that were in need of renovation or revitalization and it is my greatest hope that I might be able to extend that same influence into the world around me.
Life is too precious to spend wallowing in self-pity, skimming the surface of purpose and meaning in vanity, or railing in accusation against that which you feel has limited you in some way. It may not be comfortable to hear this, but these imbalanced expressions are nothing more than symptoms of the failure to come to terms with the greatness that resides within.
I believe that every single person on earth is endowed with the capacity to break through the glass ceiling of human nature. I believe that each and every person on earth has the opportunity – and in many cases second, third and fourth chances – to rise into a state wherein spirit, soul and body are unified in purpose and in function. I am convinced that most of the limitations that people accept for themselves are naught but paper tigers.
My challenge to you today is to take a stand where you haven’t until now, to declare your integrity in an area where you’ve previously been on the fence, to release your ties to that which chains you to a darker or more glorious past and to let the genuine, victorious, honest, strong and noble you pierce the veil of limitation that you’ve let enshroud your radiant expression for far too long.