Living Our Way
There is a whole world opening up to us where we are living on our own terms.
In the movie The Matrix, Morpheus observes, “Neo, sooner or later you’re going to realize, just as I did, that there’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.”
Everyone around Neo, the main character, is telling him that he is “the one” who has been chosen to save humanity. And maybe because this message comes from everyone around him, and not from his own inner knowing, he is hesitant? Perhaps, he doesn’t believe in saviors?
Often, people instruct us on the role we are to play in the world like a parent, child, breadwinner, citizen and so on. And yet, we ourselves are not clear about what’s calling us. Sometimes, we get pushed into existing constructs and models. We follow along, as expected. Until we choose to break away from the herd.
Trekking on the Path
It’s so easy for someone to know what we are supposed to do. It’s kind of humorous when we become aware that no one knows what we need. It’s easy to instruct, coach and offer inspiration. But who else can walk our path but us?
What if we stop expecting some intellectual revelation of what we need to know. Maybe the “good” life is not for us and all we want is a healthy and simple existence?
Problems are what are being created around us right now. Without problems, what is it that we would need to solve? And there are people who complain about everything—there’s always the next problem to stress us out about. Some new challenge will come in to demand our immediate attention. Soap operas are not only distractions on TV.
But what is true for us? Did we really sign up to be mired in endless problems? Hoping for a “good” future when we can create a healthy present? No matter how hard life can get, we can simplify. That’s how powerful we are when we are living our truth.
Some of the most inspiring people in my life are creators who despite health issues or economic issues see opportunities. Despite their own hardships, they create what is needed so others can be supported. It’s about creating meaning and being of service; not saving humanity.
Living the Path
What if we did one thing differently in living our true purpose? Would it be possible we might come fully alive?
This is a time of curiosity and experimentation. When we don’t try, we don’t know.
Maybe each of us is “the one” who sets on a path of meaning? What if we are the architects of our live and also the creators?
It’s one thing to come up with our value and mission statements, it’s a whole other reality to live them and adapt them as we learn and grow. Is it our time to create living systems that help us walk the path?