Enjoy the life you’d love to lead

Friday January 02, 2015 Written by Published in Virtues in Paradise
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How will you spend the New Year? 

What would you love to do or be in 2015? Can you name the life you would love to lead? 

Persian poet Rumi wrote, "Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love." 

As a writer, nothing touches me more than an empty page, inviting inspiration and creativity. Nothing, perhaps, except a fresh new year, awaiting each choice to be made.  

I want to enter this precious period with the virtue the Bhagavad Gita, the holy book of Hinduism, calls Fearlessness – absolute trust in the Divine will. My greatest ambition is to give up ambition and follow God’s lead. The blessings that flow from “Out of the Blue Productions” are more lustrous than anything I could dream up for myself. There are steps we can take to design our best life. 

1. To make space for the new, we must give up something old. What do you need to bless and release, relying on Detachment to let it go? Nothing in the past is wasted as long as we learn from our teachable moments. There are four things we would all do well to relinquish: fear, addictions, unforgiven resentments, and clutter. 

If you want to attract what and who you love, you have to sacrifice anxiety. Will you nurse your wounds, opening them again and again, keeping them painful and sore? Or will you seek healing through forgiveness, prayer and pure intentions? 

Your inherent virtues will guide you. Service is redemptive. Gratitude is a wonder remedy for anxiety. We cannot entertain fear while feeling grateful. “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” (1 John 4:18) The Baha’i Writings say, “Love is a light that dwelleth not in a heart possessed by fear.” Forgiveness by praying for one’s enemies releases untold blessings. Addictions block joy. They are a pitiful substitute. Creating a clean, open space in our homes and workplaces attracts true abundance. 

 2. Choose your friends wisely. ‘Let the dead bury the dead’, Jesus told his followers, ‘and follow me’. (Luke 9:60) What if you choose not to waste time with people who are lost, except to minister a bit of compassion, or cheer their hearts for an hour or two? Spend too much of yourself with them, and you will become as lost as they. 

For the soul, every quality is contagious – whether love or hate, honor or dishonor, hope or hopelessness. Which do you want? 

3. Dare to discern your own true path. If we fail to choose, we choose to fail, in the sense that each of us has a destiny rich with promise, a part to play in the Divine plan. 

If we are blind to it, we will never see which direction to follow or where to place our feet. You never know when a kind word from you might save someone’s life.  

Every spiritual journey begins with truth. Tell yourself the truth about what you really want to leave behind and what you would truly love to have and be in your life.  

Why not ‘shoot for the moon’, as Les Brown writes. ‘Even if you miss it you’ll land among the stars’.

So, if you could make any dream come true at this season of your life, what would it be? It won’t serve you to think small. You are not tempting fate by wishing large, you are welcoming it!   

 “Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be,” said poet Robert Browning. Studies show that the happiest people on earth are in their 80s! Nothing left to prove, wisdom to appreciate the simple things of life, true contentment and often heightened creativity.  

“Tell me,” says poet Mary Oliver, “what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” 

This is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. So, choose your path carefully, keeping a true pace of Grace, balancing work, rest, play, worship and time for simply being. 

Design a simple plan for living a life you truly love, one that will allow your love to illumine the path for others.  

1 comment

  • Comment Link Michelle Nicholson-Burr Tuesday, 06 January 2015 15:22 posted by Michelle Nicholson-Burr

    Hi Linda, we met in the swimming hole on Aitutaki! It was so lovely to meet you and learn about your work. I did as you suggested and found you via the Virtues Project. Pete and I were sorry to miss the concert - did you go? The weather was so bad we would have been drenched by the time we rode into town in our scooter. Sadly we are now on Rarotonga awaiting our flight back to Auckland. Each time we leave our hearts are a little heavier. We are going home to arrange our loves so that in a few years we can at least be free to move between Aitutaki and Auckland more frequently. I am about to subscribe to the CI newspaper so I can check in on your weekly column.
    Much love, Michelle

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