Stop Should-ing On People
Today's post is dedicated to the memory of my friend and spiritual mentor, Rick Pinette.
Why do we spend so much time should-ing on people? We should on ourselves and on others. "You shouldn't do this, and you should do that." Or, "I should've done this, and I shouldn't have done that? Stop should-ing, and start living.
Every ancient society had their Wisdom and it always revealed the Divine spark within all humanity. Forgiveness, love, compassion ... are all human characteristics and will keep us all living in peace and harmony with each other when we practice them in unity.
Life is an experience, and in every experience We find a lesson hidden beneath the surface, waiting to be unveiled ... our own personal revelation. We learn through these experiences, good or bad, how better to improve our life and the lives of those around us.
It's such a waste of time to linger in past events. Learn your lessons and move forward. We can't keep being stuck in the negative emotions of what we shouldn't have said, or done. It's destructive and wears us down. We lose sight of forward motion and we lose the present moment, which is all we ever really have. Look back in reference but do not linger in regret.
Use what you've learned and apply it to your life. Choose the good, and use it to benefit all people and all things. Do not rehash your past thoughts and actions have been ... turn them around using the lessons you learned and simply BE. Live each moment is awe of the universe that unfolds before you each and every moment.
In reality, good and bad are opposite polarities of One spectrum. Everything just IS ... Do your best not to label it or judge it ... just take the lesson learned and rise above any negativity. From a Biblical perspective, the New Testament says:
"you shall love God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the 1st commandment. The 2nd is this: love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these."
This scripture is the summary of the whole of biblical scripture. Do this, and ALL of humanity will benefit. This God, is the power within. This is the Source of all that is ... The very breath that brings life. You may call this force whatever you choose, but the evidence of a life-force is undeniable. Begin within ... change begins inside ... in the realm of the unseen.
When your last day comes upon you, it is best to be remembered by all the positive goodness that you did for others - through the lessons learned - than for any negative experiences you had that helped you get to that point.
Just a thought ...
~Justin Taylor, ORDM.