“Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open? Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking… You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?” Rumi
I saw a little boy. He was flying. He was so happy, so joyful and full of life. No worries, no cares, no limits, no nothing. He could fly. Can you fly? Can you still fly? Where are your wings now?
We come to this world with great powers, able to fly as high as possible, able to make all of our dreams come true; we come to this world with wings, but as time goes by, as we get older and older, we give up on all of them, we give up on our wings, our imagination, we give up on our dreams and goals, deciding that is time to be realistic and that is time to stop playing and be more like everybody else. Like that’s what the world needs right now…
Do you remember those days? Those days when you were able to fly and to travel to the most incredible places without even leaving your room? What happened? Why can’t you fly anymore? Where are your wings now? What made you give up on them? Why did you give up on them? Was it because nobody around you had wings and you wanted to fit in? Was it because your parents told you to stop with the nonsense and be realistic, or maybe your teachers brought you back with your feet on the ground? Who was is? What was it? What happened with your wings?
You see, we come to this world with no worries, no cares, no boundaries, knowing that there are many, many great things we can achieve and many lives we could transform, knowing that we can make this world shine like a beautiful bright star, knowing that we can make this world better than it was when we arrived, but as time goes by, as we stop listening to our own heart and intuition, as we stop listening to our inner self, and start listening to the noise outside ourselves, we forget about our greatness, we forget about our dreams, we forget about our unique talents, and eventually we forget about ourselves. We forget who we really are, and we start living a life that is not ours, a life that has no meaning to us, believing that this is what life is all about, believing that life is all about pain, fear, suffering, misery, unhappiness and so on.
We choose to give up on our inner knowing and we choose to believe what those around us have to say, accepting their point of view, accepting their reality as our own. All of their limitations are now our limitations. All of their judgments are now our judgments. All of their ideas about what is good and what is not good are now our ideas. All of their beliefs about what is possible and what is not possible are now our beliefs, etc. … What a sad story our life is, right? We had such a great start and look at us now. Just look where we are, just look what we’ve become. Is this what you wished for yourself? Was this part of your big plans, part of your great dreams while growing up? I really don’t think so. This is a tragedy. Your life is a tragedy. Our lives are tragedies.
Now, let’s all gather around and complain about our pathetic life. Let’s all gather around and talk about our unhappiness, about our pain, about our misfortunes, about our stolen innocence, let’s all gather around and talk about our misery for the rest of our lives. Let’s all do just that. What’s the point in trying to be happy? What’s the point in changing our focus, our attitude and our lives, when we only have 20, 30, 60, 80 years to live… Why bother now? It’s too late anyway. Let’s all remain the same. Change is not for us, change is not good. Change is a monster who will attack us, and that is exactly why we should stay away from this monster at all costs. Who in their right mind would want to be attacked by a monster?
What? What did you say? You don’t believe in monsters? Oh, but your friends do, your family does, most of the people around you believe. They know change is a monster and that is why they choose to stay away from it, and you should do the same. Why bother being different? Why bother making a lifestyle rather than a workstyle? Stay where you are, live only for your own selfish needs, live only for yourself, think only of yourself and always remember, if you aren’t better than everybody else in everything you do, you have no value, you are a failure. Why bother to be different? People don’t want you to be different. You will be misunderstood, you will be criticized. Remain the same for the rest of your life…
“Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Of course, I am being sarcastic. You need to change, you need to get out of your comfort zone and you need to face your fears. You need to be different if you want to grow, and you need to accept the fact that, as you grow, as you learn and discover great new things about yourself and the world around you, you will be a lot happier if you share all of them with the whole world.
What’s the point in being the richest person in the world, the most gifted and the most talented, the wisest, the best of the best, if you are keeping them all to yourself, being surrounded by people who are lost, surrounded by unhappy people, people who have no direction, no purpose, no nothing. Can you really enjoy all of your gifts, your blessings, and your riches? Can you really be happy and content with yourself, your life and the world you live in knowing that you are the only one who experiences all of those great things? I really doubt that. All that you have, share it with others, and by doing this, you will find real happiness. We go through all kind of stages in your lives, and we don’t stop. We keep going and going and as we move forward and forward, we discover new worlds, new ideas and new great things about ourselves, and we need to share them all with the world.
“No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.” John Donne
The world needs more people like that. The world needs more people who can grasp this idea, who can understand that giving is not the end of a rich and prosperous life, but rather the beginning of it. You can’t imagine how much pleasure I get from sharing my ideas, my knowledge, and my wisdom with you through this blog. It’s one of the most incredible things I have ever done, and I know that by doing this, others will start to think about their lives from a different perspective, and they will start asking themselves all kind of questions, questions that will eventually lead them to their greatness, will lead them back home, to who they really are, and this is what makes me happy. I get my fuel, my bliss, my joy, etc. , from giving. I give and I get. I share and I give my ideas, I share and I give my love, my love for writing, my love for growing people, love for knowledge, love for personal growth, and for whatever it is that makes me happy, and I get in return is so rewarding. I get in return, even more, love, even more knowledge, and even more beauty. This is what giving is all about. Now you understand why giving is receiving? It doesn’t have to be too difficult.
You can now go back to who you once were, to who we all are but most of us have forgotten. You can go back to being great, to being beautiful and powerful, to being loving, and the moment you wake up, others will wake up with you, they have no choice, and little by little, the world will become a better place, a better place for you, for me, and the entire human race.