Walls

When you come upon a wall, throw your hat over it, and then go get your hat. 

Irish proverb

 

There are plenty of unseen walls in our life. We perceive them as we work towards goals.  We perceive them in any form of growth. In an ideal world we encourage each other to reach those goals, we help each other bring down the walls that they or someone else has built. We share our resources, because it reflects shared humanity.

On a personal level surrounding yourself with walls creates isolation. Walls of fear, guilt, shame, poverty, status, pursuit of happiness; you can give the wall any label, and as soon as it starts to limit you in any way its become an isolation wall.

There are those who will help you break down those walls and those who will argue against it, leave you, and insist there is a deeper purpose for that wall.  When its personal work, the effect of shutting people out or letting them in has consequences on many.

On a national level, building actual walls and having people believe, they don’t belong here is chopping at the roots of our shared humanity.  The ripple effects around the world are many. So as Donald Trump continues to insist on building walls, or banning people from entering the U.S., urge your senators to build what truly matters.

Buildings need walls for practical purposes. Humanity needs spaciousness of mind and heart, acceptance, and connections.

 

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin,

or his background, or his religion.

People must learn to hate and if they can learn to hate,

they can be taught to love,

for love comes more naturally

to the human heart than its opposite.

Namaste,

Shobhna

 

A Purpose Full Life

Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve….You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.

–Martin Luther King, Jr.

I believe having a purpose is about serving.  People sometimes stumble on deciding what their purpose is and what cause to choose? Here, I think purpose comes from core values, perhaps looking around your community and seeing where there is a need and what calls to your heart the most. I think having a purpose is much simpler than we make it out to be. Human minds tend to complicate life.

We might want peace in the world and realize that with all the wars, violence in different forms,  inner and external conflicts–peace seems further away. Yet we can still serve to bring peace….Spreading peace can be smiling at people, feeding  homeless people, donating to a cause, sending a card to a friend, signing a petition, advocating for those who need help.

I have come to believe that a purpose fulfills the needs of others while bringing a deep satisfaction to the self. Serving others stems from  grace and love. Living a life of purpose is finding ways to serve others.

From the book  Serve to Lead by James M Strock here are some questions to ponder on and fuel a  purpose full life.

The Four Questions of 21st Century Leadership

Who Are You Serving?

How Can You Best Serve?

Are You Making Your Unique Contribution?

Are You Getting Better Every Day?

 

Peace,

Shobhna