Lately, I have been starting to contemplate what matters most in life.
And after my humble 30-something years of existence, if I were to sum it up in one simple sentence, I would say:
It’s the tiny moments when I’m paying the most attention to life.
Most notably, it’s the time spent with other human beings.
But if we dig deeper, life becomes the most profound during the times when we are there for others — especially when it isn’t the most convenient or strays from our routine.
Such examples include:
When we are asked to do these things, most of the time, we oblige. Typically, though, they are done either begrudgingly or seen as some chore we need to get over with, so we can be somewhere else doing whatever it is we rather be doing.
In other words, we may go along with these gestures, but we find ourselves rarely present when we are making them.
However, a big part of spiritual growth is actively nurturing our relationships with others — and to do this, we must learn to happily give to others without restriction while remaining present for the experience.
We have to set the intention to be there and then follow through with non-negotiable effort and action.
We typically refer to these gestures as “going out of your way” for someone. However, when it comes to our loved ones, this idea is a fallacy. We never have to go out of our way for those who matter to us.
These individuals are the way.
They are our way; they are our conduit towards a deeper understanding of our lives and what it all really means. They are the 2% that really matters in life.
After all, isn’t being there and with the people we love the point?
When I die, I will not be remembered by:
Instead, I will be remembered by people — real human beings: the moments we spent together, their experience when they were with me, and most notably, how I made them feel.
In short, my life and my karma will not come down to being about me or any sense of “I” I’ve spent most of my days crafting.
Instead, it will be about the level to which my existence touched others.
Being a human while with other humans is what matters. As far as your spirit is concerned, everything else in physical reality either is there to aid in that experience or is a giant dog and pony show.
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