“…..please take care of yourself. There is only one of you.”
This is the end of a text message I received from a friend the other day and it struck me as one of the most beautiful things I have heard in a very long time. In fact, it opened up a whole line of contemplation and now days later, I am still thinking about it. It came at a time when I wasn’t feeling very good about much of anything in life, let alone myself, my world but that statement stopped me in my tracks.
It’s so easy to get distracted in life by all we think we have to do, by the dire news that greets us everyday, by endless concerns over tomorrows, it’s little wonder we forget the fundamental truth of the beauty of life, of ourselves. We are all part of the collective experience of being a human being. We know that, everyday we see some of the millions of people roaming the Earth and then we forget. We forget who we are, that there is anything remotely special about us. Or perhaps we even go to the other extreme, at least some of the time, and think we are supremely special but even that idea is couched in “doing” rather than “being”, is rated on a scale of external accomplishments.
It’s true, we generally do share much the same basic functional aspects of the human organism and perhaps even a general sense of right and wrong but the hugely important thing that seems to elude us is how fabulously unique each and every one of us is….”there is only one of you”. This singular, beautiful concept is what I would like for us to contemplate together for just a moment. If it is true as I believe it is, then how do I know what that really is, what am I to do with it?
I believe if we are to know our gifts, exercise them, share them with the world and ultimately come to live our true potential, then we must listen closely to our feelings and do so with an open heart. What is right in front of us, right here, right now, what is at the forefront of our thought? What is it that animates us, brings us joy, calls us forward…what is it we resonate with? The Dalai Lama said our only job in this world is to be happy and he’s right!
Lofty, endless philosophical discussions aside, the thing that is immediately at the front and center of the moment is where we must look for further instruction. We all have endless lists of things to do, things we think we should do, have to do, want to do, things we think others expect us to do but cultivating our internal listening will tell us what IS ours to do next, and next, and next. There is a sweet inner voice that flows within, that effortlessly moves us to exactly the next right thing if we can grant ourselves the permission to listen, to follow that internal Divine voice of knowing. It may not be grand, it may not be what we think we should be doing, it may not be something that seems important or meaningful in any way but it is Ours and that is what makes it special.
My beloved teacher, Caroline Myss, has often spoken of the Divine Paradox, that what is large, appears small and what is small can appear to be very large in deed. Maybe we just lost our job, our home, our whatever but maybe that was just a necessary piece of the puzzle to move us into wherever we need to be in order to do whatever it is we are supposed to do….you get the idea. But if we allow ourselves to get distracted with the grandiose pictures, the very big ideas (ego), the concerns our fears can so readily dictate to us, then we run the high risk of not hearing, seeing, feeling the uniqueness of our own very special guidance and we could easily miss the opportunity to celebrate our extraordinary selves doing our own particular extraordinary thing, however small it may appear to be….and starting the ripple that changes the world.
May you always love yourself enough to listen to your own Divine Guidance…and always remember, “there is only one of you”.