Thursday, April 9, 2009

Mission Statement


Many years ago, when I began my "spiritual search" for meaning, I wrote a little personal mission statement. It has come and gone in my consciousness over the years. But for anyone who has begun a "spiritual search", you know that you are not always on the path. You fall off and go in different directions, only to find the need to get back on the path because you don't feel so well. It usually happens when everything we work for, or believe in, becomes an illusion, or doesn't feed that part of us that needs feeding. I think that is happening on a world-wide scale. Our old ways of doing things are no longer applicable. We are destroying our earth home, consuming to feed that part of us that actually needs food of a different sort. Your path is different from mine, but one thing we have in common is our desire for a society, no matter where you live in this world, that listens, and provides, what we want and need.

So what do we want? What do we need? Now that our institutions are falling, how would you like to see them structured?

These questions are very real. Governments all over the world are needing our help. Yes, our help. The simple fact is - they really don't know how to fix all that ails. Of course we may have some ideas, but we are only small people and these are larger than life problems. Or are we?

I have found an explosion of new ideas and energy over the last couple of months. People who no longer trust institutions are taking destiny into their own hands. This creativity is coming from despair, but it's building, believe me. And you, yes you, are part of it. You are part of it because you were drawn to read this. Because you've been thinking about it. Whatever special gift you were given, and we all have one, is part of the solution.

So it's time to take your place in the scheme of things. It's time for you to start designing your world as you want it to be. Keeping in mind that "like attracts like", I would challenge you to work from a higher self, one that takes the well-being of all into consideration. Write your own mission statement. Carry it in your mind as you start designing the world you would like to see. Starting in very simple ways is okay, but everyone, everywhere, can do something to affect change. And remember, thoughts are energy, the very building block of what you want to see happen. Speaking of energy, I woke up to a little update blog entry from one of my favorite authors this morning in my e-mail. Are we on the same page or what?

Share your ideas, they may spark one in us. Blogging is a unique opportunity because it shares information instead of competing for it. How great is that?

48 comments:

Breeze said...

Oh gosh..guess I'm in tune then because I was walking today and thought I have to write about how I think things need to be now that we're on the cusp of a new beginning, an awakening...and then I see this post...perfect timing.

Yep...ready to write tomorrows post now.
Thank You!!
Breeze!


www.breezedaze.blogspot.com

mo'ikeha said...

Life felt like 'sand on a sea shore' before. Being however reminded to complete what was started, weight was liftet.
Thank you.

Bogey said...

HI LOL,

I had to read your post twice. First quickly as I always do but then as I re-read it, it sparked somthing in my subconscience.
It reminded me of something I had read and to me anyways, it fit the criteria of your post. Although not American, I do have a historical fascination for certain things and what I am referring to is the Inaugural Address given by John F. Kennedy on Janurary 20, 1961. Give it a read and tell me if this mirrors your concerns. It makes me wonder wether we have done anything to change the world since those words were spoken. Or, are we making things worse?

Hopefully the link below will take you to the speech I am referring to.

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/jfkinaugural.htm

April said...

Your blogs are great. I listen to Edgar Tolle A New Earth. His audio voice gives me a new message everyday. I attempt to live in the now by living moment by moment.

When I think I know how things should be I ask the question who is speaking? My ego or my higher self

Thank you for touching my life..

Rain said...

I live each day as it comes. At this point in my life, I am not happy living in this society. But, I do make the best of it for myself, by leading a solitary life and avoiding people as much as possible...well, except through blogging and email, I just love that! I cannot comment whatsoever on institutions or government agenda because I avoid the media/politics/hatred as much as I can, just reading headlines once in a while to keep up - yes to those who think it's "sad" or that I'm "ignorant"...you can think that, I'm okay with it.

What I have focused on of late is the earth and how I can become as self-sufficient as possible, while leaving as small a footprint as I can. Mind you, I don't want to give up all modern conveniences, it's not realistic. Perhaps I'll care more about society when I feel more welcome in my community.

This also may seem self-centered, but I have to focus on myself and how I will live each day to make myself as happy and fulfilled as possible. This stems from mental health disorders that I have mostly overcome, but that still linger if I let my guard down. Although I'd love to be a pioneer for change, I couldn't handle it, I know my limits. I'd love to be able to dedicate my life to saving unwanted pets, that doesn't really help human society, but that would be fulfilling for me to save these innocent creatures.

Geez, I just read that in "preview" and it sounds really down! I think it's just realism and a sense of defeat living as an English gal in a French province that wants me out.

Stray Cat said...

I feel your electricity. It appears that our minds are in synchronicity. By intensifying our connectivity, we can overcome the negativity.

O said...

it's largely in our hands now - but you're right, this has thrown up an incredible opportunity for change (I sound like a obamamaniac).

Congratulations on being a blog of note - I am glad it led me here.

Lover of Life said...

Breeze - I've visited your blog and you are definitely on the right track. I can tell you are feeling it!

mo'ikeha - We all have a gift, we just have to find it - not an easy task. But what better time?

Bogey - I'll print out that speech. I think things are out of control, but what is interesting, is that I feel some really positive energy coming not from institutions, but from people themselves. I think we will bring about the change in our lives that we need. Thanks for sharing.

April - I really like Tolle, currently reading The Power of Now. You make a good point - is our Mission Statement coming from ego or our higher self?

Rain - I definitely know where you are coming from when you have to focus on your self to stay healthy. But it sounds like you are already thinking in a big way - especially about animals. What better place to start?

Lover of Life said...

Stray Cat - Exactly!

O - He is leading us in the direction to take responsibility for ourselves, our neighbors, our world, but we are the only ones that can make it happen, don't you think?

Rain said...

Thanks LOL. You must feel so good about yourself, reading all of these comments. You always have nice things to say. Kudos. [aack! getting emotional, shedding a tear!] <3

willow said...

Yes, my thoughts, exactly, too. Lovely notions for this primavera season. Thanks for the inspiration!

Joanne said...

Inspiring post, it does seem that in order for change to happen, a whole new mindset is necessary. Sometimes it's one person at a time.

Elizabeth Bradley said...

Our thoughts are indeed our reality. You point out something that needs to be said. Thank you.

linda said...

what a wonderful post ~ you definitely made me decide I need to write down my mission on this planet now and sit with it awhile, pondering...it has changed as I have, grown and shifted as I have also perhaps shrunk and shifted!!

I see life as one person, one moment at a time and things "out there", an illusion....the news I find, is a distraction to my mindfulness...I think it is good to be informed but to make a difference, one must start with where they are and then, identify in what direction they will walk, even if they will walk at that moment, remembering each moment is precious, each person, a gift...and it's not easy to do with the distractions of this life.....

as always, you make me think and I am grateful for that!

many blessings...

Lover of Life said...

Rain - You are a leader and just don't realize it - the fact you want to make as "small a footprint as possible" is change in a big way!

Willow - Thanks - I always learn so much from your blog. One of my favorites!

Joanne - I really think one person at a time is the only way. I think just as we are revamping our institutions, we need to revamp how we want to see our world. Then it can be done our way!

Elizabeth - I can see we are on the same wavelength. Thank you.

Linda - You sound very centered - and rethinking an old Mission Statement might not be a bad idea - thanks!

Design Champ said...

Once comment eluded to Eckart Tolle. I too am a great fan of his teachings. Sometime when life gets too large it helps to narrow our focus and concentrate on just the present moment.
What we usually find is that their is not much we can do about the past and we have no real control over the future, but if we focus on what we do have control of... being and doing our best in the present moment, the future will take care of itself.

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Alison said...

Today has been a day with much thought to my past and how far I've come. Your article helped me feel more connected to my path.
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Interglaze said...

Our thoughts are indeed our reality. You point out something that needs to be said. Thank you.
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kimmiekat said...

I really need to get more in touch with this. I am now inspired to do what I can. Thank you

lolit said...

This season of LENT, this is a great reminder that we ought to renew our faith and relationship with HIM.Your post remind me of my spiritual awakening.

Linda Pendleton said...

Very good. I had to laugh though when I clicked on your link to the email friend. I just posted a blog a bit ago on one of my two blogs with reference to Gary Zukav's blog. I too had received his email this morning and that got me thinking also when I went from his website to read his blog...and resulted in my blogging.

See how it works.... I am optimistic and have been, and yes, it all begins with each of us...postive change, positive energy...

Natalie said...

Hear,hear! LOL.

You speak my language.xx♥

Jessica Martiele said...

I appreciate your optimism incredibly. On the other end, with 2 small children, I see my country - my world - deteriorating, and I often feel like there's nothing I can do about it. You've reminded me that I can write letters, join groups, blog like crazy, plant a garden, live wisely and conservatively (financially and for the planet), and just plain love my family. Thank you.

susan said...

Remember you took a Boddisattva vow once :-)

manju said...

This is my first visit here. Though I live on the other side of the globe, I can relate to what you write.

I agree, our old ways of doing things are no longer applicable. This may sound like a cliche- but we are all too materialistic. When we realize that happiness can be found in things that are not material, half the batttle will be won.

I loved this post and intend to be back to read earlier ones, soon. :)

Sheila said...

I am new to blogging but have set up a blog site on my grandfather. He was a hermit in New Hampshire, definitely followed his own path, for better or worse, usually 'worse'! I would love to have you take a look at it as I think you would find his lifestyle interesting. No electricity or plumbing his whole life, died in 1973. I still have a lot to learn about blogging so if you have any suggestions I would love to hear them. Thanks, Sheila

Lisa said...

yes, a very true post- the old is done and we need to allow ourselves to adapt to the new energies.
its a huge process but so much has already been accomplished.
thank you for sharing- we are living in a spiritual awakening unseen before on this planet- and we all chose to be here for it- blessed be xx

abby jenkins said...

We must be the change we wish to see in the world.
-Gandhi

Things are changing. Lift up your hearts and sing! There is an awareness in the world that we have not seen before. Look at the kids helping kids i.e. www.invisiblechildren.com That is where it starts. I have faith we will create a better tomorrow. Finding your blog made mine better already!

Cheers

Andrea said...

Boy, did I need your words this morning! I seem to have "fallen off" lately and seem overwhelmed by my own personal issues but mostly by global issues. I need to climb back up and push on, and I know I will.

I remember my ex-husband once asked me what I wanted and my response was "all I want is peace." I still feel the same way today but know that finding that peace begins with me and my thoughts. And of course, reading what you have to say helps with that journey; just knowing there are other folks out there searching for something right.

K said...

I appreciate the positive energy of your statement and it echoed a on-going conversation I've had with my colleagues. It's reassuring to see this sentiment reflected in other areas. PS thank you for taking the time to comment to me.

em said...

I agree with everything that you have shared today.
I am new at blogging and would like to link to your post
Thanks again for sharing

Keep the faith

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CrazyThought said...

Sharing Information instead of competing for it sounds great and wonderful but, say you have been given an idea that is absolutely amazing and could change they way people do business with one another or even the way we network for instance I have had dreams, visions, thoughts, and ideas flowing through my head like wild fire however I have been informed by many loved ones not to let that secret out because someone could very well snatch it up and go running off with it. I have made up countless plans, blueprints, and even what is involved in it I have shared that with only a few and I know it has the potential to take off like a rocket. But, it doesn’t sound very bright to dangle an idea around that has possibly never been thought up before. Someone could steal it, although I would like to find a team of people I can trust to help this dream become a reality.

Crazy Thought

P.S. I know there our hundreds more out there who have really good ideas too.
Things are just changing so fast and the economy has to synchronize.

Reveda Prisha Umankshi Bhatt said...

One really needs to be in love of life to be able to see things as you have seen. Your thoughts manifests so well in what you had written here. I came in touch with your blog courtesy Breeze's post....both are thought provoking. This world needs lot of ideas and application to be able to execute those ideas...

Before I write anything, let me share something about myself...my identity here in the cyber world is through my 5 month old daughter-Reveda.....who has a blog of her own as her own narrative....everyday for some moments I try and get inside her mind to be able to see things from her perspective to be able to write about them.....she creates situations for me to write and I only lend my words....when I write those posts that little kid inside me comes to the fore through my daughter and gets manifested in her posts....trust me it is so simple to get inside her mind and all I see is a beautiful and pure life........we seniors are to be blamed for polluting it.....tomorrow these small kids too will start following this polluted world and become more polluted...circle of life will continue....

As you rightly said, we need to break that circle and it can happen only through our kids....let us not give them a polluted environment (in whole sense) any more.......

Can't we rejoice in things that look small or petty by our standards? Ever seen a kid rejoicing in things as small as a smiling look.....trust me it is so fulfilling , whole and complete......posted a picture of my daughter today...in her full laughter....what caused that laughter was nothing but a smile.

My daughter request's to this world is simple- give us a world that is -how it was meant to be and not what you guys have made it to be.....it is simple- love, respect, empathy and compassion will do the trick....Is it so difficult to inculcate these four habits? I am sure not....but if you think that it is difficult, then I urge you to step back into your childhood and imagine those smaller things that used to please you so much.... ask yourself if they were relevant then why can’t they be so now? You will find all your answers......implement them and we will get the world we deserve as you will be able to give us that.....not what you have been giving to everyone of us all through.

Reveda
http://reveda.blogspot.com/

California Girl said...

Really well written. A strong piece. Looking forward to more of the same.

paintings said...

nothing (as in NOTHING) pentrates the institutional mind - and yhe lack of penetration kills people.

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Alison Rising said...

Sometimes you have to hit bottom before you can see the light overhead. It's about time!!

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Luna said...

Hi..I sit here unsure of alot of things..sure that be the change you want to see in the world is the only way to live. That we are all connected and all we have to do is see that and we will wake up to a different world. I have woken up and now find myself wanting a deep connection that runs deeper than anything I've ever had before..and because that person hasn't walked into my life in the last 47 years of day to day stuff and some internet dating, and have given up on friends recommending I have thrown myself into the world of the web, traveling down some amazing thoughts meeting fabulous people and feeling better when I come across people who feel the same way about the connections we all have...Thanks for that...and knowing that something drew me here this evening...I have been wandering my house, crying tonight scared of all the changes I feel.
Coming here and reading your words have made me feel better..thanks
There are big changes comeing you are right there..
So I will keep writing these thoughts out to the world, keep my faith that my call will be answered all in good time.
You can not force a river, but you can learn to ride the tide.
goodnight and see you out there

ellen abbott said...

Back in the 60s we also thought the world was on the cusp of change. Well, it changed but not for the better the way we hoped, imagined. Perhaps not for the worst either, just different. But now, the human impact is too severe on this planet. I've often thought that human beings would be the least successful life form judged by longevity. By destroying the environment we sow the seeds of our own destruction and I'm amazed how blind humans are to that reality.

I read many years ago that we all create our own reality, knowingly or unknowingly. I have tried to create mine knowingly. Thought is energy and the more thought and energy we put into an idea, the more real, concrete, it becomes. Change yourself and change the world.

MoreOutOfLife said...

Conincidentally started my first blog tonight "WhyAreWeHere" I don't know that I believe things are in need of dramatic change so much as, geez, we spend a great deal of time on the relatively meaningless and have gotten very comfortable living with a great deal of unanswered questions! Of course, what is the alternative? They are unanswerable!!

Murphy Brown said...

Lover of Life, Yes! Like does attract like. Thank you for your perceptiveness and your call for each of us to have a mission statement. Like you, in my search for greater meaning, I came across Eckhart Tolle. His Power of Now has a prominent place on my bookshelf, along with The Purpose-Driven Life and The Geography of Bliss.

I am concern about leaving this place a more perfect place for our children and those to come after us. Though we should continually strive to do our part in taking care of our planet, we should think of another kind of pollution. The inner pollution. Every time, I am angry at someone cutting me off in traffic, impatient in check out lines, resentful with a family member, I am polluting.

The media does perpetuate the hate, the fear everyday. But we, ourselves, do the polluting on a small scale, and throughout our lifetime, I wonder how much it will all add up?

Thank you again for an insightful blog. Murphy

mary said...

wow I am amazed at all the beautiful places in the world. thanks for sharing your pictures

Alex said...

Like begets like... and that includes thoughts! I just discovered your blogg, and i loved it, hope i find plenty more like yours =)