The rose within
A 7 year old girl pranced around with her silver and golden balloons.
She was the lone child in a grown ups party and it didn’t bother her, she made friends, she had fun , she chased some more balloons.
She enjoyed what she had. What she didn’t have, didn’t even strike her mind for in that moment (and always), she had all she needed.
A happy spirit inside of her.
As we sat at a beautiful lakeside table, with a cool night breeze and light reflecting in the water, we looked at her in her red dress with pink and white stripped stockings, and smiled with joy – at her joy- life felt good.
She didn’t have questions or worries, she was happy and joyful –her true nature.
So beautiful – to just be.
The conversation on our table turned to the book Tuesdays with Morrie. Somebody mentioned how he read it before his job placements began at business school and for a moment he contemplated all of life.
Why are we here, what are we doing, what are we meant to do ?
People in his university asked him not to do so before placements and he did.
So I said, maybe he was meant to, maybe there was a message in him for it, a message that could help him choose the correct job.
He winced saying he then went on to work for a company that harmed people- a tobacco company. And there was silence.
In that instant I felt sorry and the story lingered with me for a few days now.
The quest for meaningful work is innate in all of us. Some of us, try to find work that is in accordance with our inner values, and it is hard but we try.
Some of us, read a good book on the meaning of life , on providing true value, on living from the heart and then we forget about it. Life and sustenance takes over.
But does it, really take over, I thought to myself. Its been an interesting 2 months.
I met a kind , wise gentleman who gave up his flourishing garment business because he was seeking meaning and is now a Yoga teacher, a person who has created a unique centre of learning and healing, inspiring many many people.
I met a dynamic lady who left the corporate life, to become an integrative therapist, working with mind body wellness, and energy work and all kinds of interesting things. She takes these to the corporate world to wake them up
A dear friend, Nadia –a lawyer, moved on to start her own business , a new website and launched her book, , the Buddha Blueprint –to share her wisdom and learning from her 13 year quest for meaning.
Another dear childhood friend became an entrepreneur sharing with the world her commitment to wholesome baking and healthy desserts with a baking venture – Celestial Senses.
So here we are. We have questions and emptiness, we have searching and longing. And we also have inspiration, we have healing, we have solutions, in and all around us.
If the world is hard, (as some people say), then the world itself, is also a balm.
Its not in going to new places but in seeing with new eyes that matters, (as the famous quote goes )
I wonder so much at life, at issues, at my purpose only to realize , all I have to do is surrender.
To let go and begin.
Roles change in life, and they are but a name for‘ a rose is a rose’.
I may work as a writer or healer, people may be businessman or yoga teachers, executive or bakers.
Happiness flowers, when we unearth what is within . When we heal the troubles inside, when we work from a place of giving soul and not worried mind, when we trust that all is well and take each step in peace.
I look back at my friends and what they did.
-They let go of their old jobs not worrying about what work they will do in the future. -They trusted and set out to find meaning.
-They fearlessly tried different things, keeping what worked and leaving what didn’t, without regret.
-They had courage and faith, and so the world opened doors to them.
-They worked hard, they realized the value of giving and that is what they did.
They found the peaceful , happy soul within.
So today I realize, like the little child with balloons in our hand, we have to Trust, to enjoy what is, to do the best with it , to be grateful for it , to focus on what we have and know, its all exactly as it needs to be.
We need to not forget and bury ourselves in stress and forget this inner nature of ours. We have to let it flower, to bask in its beauty, to let the scent fill out into the world
We have to open ourselves, our minds and hearts to the joy, the peace, the delirious contentment and beauty – to the rose within.