“To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.” – Confucius
As much as I do care about the cultivation of strong family values, I’ve come to recognize that relations, whether by blood or marriage, are of marginal value without the hearts of the individuals who compose the family unit being set right. In fact, I dare say that the primary responsibility of any family is to provide its members with a means of returning to center.
Balance cannot be sustainably ensured on the fringes of society if balance is lacking in its core, that is, in the individual members if its families. So it is that I implore you today – not just for your sake but for the sake of all that does not have a voice in the matter – to find the way to set your heart right. This must be recognized and treated as your utmost and inmost concern.
Rather than mulling over and chasing after those outer and inner things you believe will bring you peace and happiness, look instead to clarify your heart by orienting to the highest evidence of love and truth of which you are present aware. Do so and you will begin to be the influencer, the protagonist you came to earth to be.