Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the earth.
It’s been an extraordinary year. So many opportunities, new experiences, and big learning that hasn’t always been easy or comfortable, yet was full of rewards. Every step of the way has been a gift. Although the day-to-day logistics and demands have gotten more complex, what my life and work are actually about keeps getting simpler, clearer, more focused and direct. In the end, it’s just about saying yes to love.
If you follow these newsletters or my blog, you may have noticed that saying “yes” to what life offers, to who you are called to be, and to what you are called to do, has been a recurring theme in my writing throughout this year. I didn’t consciously choose that theme – it chose me. Back in the early autumn of 2012, I already had an intuitive feeling that 2013 was going to be an important year for saying “yes.” At the time, I didn’t know what saying “yes” would mean – I just sensed that big things would happen. And they have.
Yet while many “big things” have happened on the outside, it has been the paring away, the simplifying, the streamlining of life on the inside that’s been most important. My experiences have continued to reaffirm on deeper and deeper levels what I have known for a long time: Be true to who you are and to what you feel called to do. Give to life the best you have to give. No more, no less. That’s all there is.
This past week I happened to visit the website of Vanessa Jane Smith, one of our graduates of the Transformational Presence Leadership and Coaching program and an active member of the Transformational Presence community. I know Vanessa as a beautiful spirit, a wonderful coach, and a gifted artist whose Visual Minutes became a powerful centerpiece of the first Transformational Presence Global Summit last March. Yet what touched me this week was a letter she wrote to her little girl, and then later chose to dedicate to all those who she might serve. Her letter speaks to this theme of saying “yes” to life and trusting that, as she says so beautifully at the end, “the rest will follow.”
I want you to know that there are few things in life that matter. I also want you to know that most of what you are TOLD matters, doesn’t.
What really matters is that you are clear inside yourself what matters to you.
And it matters that you keep that inner voice listened to. That you really, deeply look after that voice and tend to it every single day. As you do, with time, you will be able to live your whole life knowing exactly which way you are going and why, joyfully.
Your beauty and your brilliance are within you, they always were and they always will be.
Your brilliance is like a compass, guiding your actions and your deeds. When you tend to that inner brilliance, you will be living joyfully and helping others to do the same.
Your beauty lies in the doing of your brilliance and sharing that gift with the world.
I hold you to this; ask yourself how you can best serve humanity, and ask yourself what your unique talents are. Find whatever it is that you and only you do more brilliantly than any other human being on earth, and DO it!
The rest will follow.
P.S. If you would like to read more about saying “yes” to what is most important to you, here are three blog posts from earlier this year that you might enjoy:
- In An Overly Full Life, What Will You Say “Yes” To?
- Focus On the Big Questions and Avoid the Trivial
- Clarifying What Really Matters and Letting Go of the Rest
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