Updated: Mar 16, 2021
"You are what you do, not what you say you'll do"
I have always been a fan of the saying "As you think so shall you be". I'm not quite sure who first said that, but I could kiss them. Literally. Although I believe in the validity of this notion to its fullest extent, I have come to realize something.. it is simply just not enough. The world operates on vibrational frequencies- and although our thoughts and emotions are vibrations, the universe, God, quantum source- whatever you wanna call it (semantics) only responds to what we *do*. There's an old Arab proverb that resonates with me deeply:
"Trust in God, but tie your camel"
I didn't just include that because I'm Arab.. haha.. get it? Camel? ok. Never mind. But seriously, how many times do we get caught in the loop of "I'll do it tomorrow", and tomorrow rolls around and your work is still sitting on your desktop and you've got 633 emails waiting to be opened? The whole premise of this proverb is actually pretty profound- it implies that helping oneself is a prerequisite for expecting the help of God.
Faith Without Works is Dead
In almost every Holy Book, in almost every culture and religion, the premise is always the same. Get it done. I suppose we can say that this is the curse of the fallen man from the Garden of Eden. "Ye shall eat by the sweat out your brow", said God to Adam after he ate from the Tree of Knowledge. What does this mean though? God is omnipotent and omnipresent, yes, and of course He works miracles. But we cannot just go meandering through life expecting God to bless us because we are "good people". Unfortunately, the Big Guy just doesn't operate like that. We must do the work. What does that mean, though? And how do we do the work if we don't know what it is? How do we find the work to do?
Find Your Purpose
“There is no greater agony than bearing the untold story within you.”
Let's be honest, no one can tell you what your purpose in this life is. Nor does anyone really know until they go out there and find it themselves. And by "out there" I mean, "in there".. like in your heart. Doing what sets your heart ablaze is the first step in understanding what your life's purpose is. It's like walking down a dark hallway and as you keep walking, the tiles underneath your feet light up one by one, directing your steps. Your inner compass guides you to your purpose as you keep doing. But it's up to you to do the work to get you there. Whatever "the work" means. Only you know that- just let your passions lead you there.