Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Purpose of Being Human

   The primary purpose of being human is to experience love, to give love, to receive love. It is not to eat chocolate and drink red wine, chase after guitar players and dance in honky tonks, or raise holy hell and hope we don’t get caught. As enjoyable as those things may be they are not our primary purpose.  Our primary purpose of being human is to reflect the love of God and bring that love into the world. “Love and only love produces miracles.” Marianne Williamson.
  First we must stop waging war against ourselves and each other with negative thoughts and language. It is not necessary. It is not unavoidable. It is a choice we make. The Cherokee legend of Two Wolves tells the story of that inner struggle well.  Grandfather told his grandson that there was a terrible war going on within him between two wolves. One wolf is evil. He is anger and self righteousness, and pride. The other wolf is love, compassion and kindness. “Which one will win, Grandfather?” the child asks.
“The one I feed.”
   It is very easy to feed negativity.  We are bombarded with it. Negative thoughts cripple our spirit and our ability to experience love and the saddest part is that it’s what passes for normal these days. Negativity is not normal. It is not an inevitable part of being human. It’s a choice we make. We get to choose what we put into our minds and what we put into our minds comes out in the world. It’s just that simple. You get what you give so give what you want. I want love so I give love.
   Don’t get me wrong, there are days when I feel like smacking someone in the face with a dead fish. There are days when I’m relatively certain that someone needs to be smacked in the face with a dead fish. Then I remember who I am and  I rummage around for another thought to feed myself because I can. I always have a choice. It is never too late to be great. It is never too late to start over. It is never too late to know love. Every moment is the birth of a new beginning, a fresh start. So, what’s it gonna be, fear or love? The choice is yours.

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