Life is Poetry

‘My life is my message.’ – Gandhi

Our lives are made up of a multitude of interactions – from those with family, friends, significant others, colleagues, strangers…to those with our homes, offices, neighborhoods, communities…mother nature. We all have various sides of our lives ranging from personal to business to spiritual. However, it is not just where we live, where we work or who we spend time with that matters. It’s how we choose to enjoy those people, places and events.  It’s our style, grace and mindfulness that matters.

Gandhi’s message was his life, and yours is your life. It’s interesting to think about what message we are giving the world, through our actions, how we live, how we treat others, what we accomplish, how we choose to be, each moment of every day. Undoubtedly so, each of us lives a life that expresses who we are, reacts to the world around us, shows our passions and reflects our true selves.

So are you an angry rant? A ballad? An epic poem? Perhaps a sonnet, a limerick, a haiku?

Maybe it changes each day…

So how do we live a life that reflects our essence, that is, the message we want to convey? Instead of becoming tangled in finding your dharma, or purpose, I think remembering the notion of obliquity is important. Obliquity is the idea that complex goals are often best achieved indirectly. Perhaps we find out about the real nature of our purpose in life during the process of accomplishing life itself. Happy people who feel that they are living the life they truly desire achieve that happiness and sense of direction along the way too.

But do remember, the world needs you to do what you love and that putting energy towards finding that is important. Nothing else can create more change, or have a greater impact. Just also remember that how you get there, your style, matters even more.

Music for Today:  Labor of Love, Frente! (Marvin the Album, 1994)

Music for Today:  Bulletproof, La Roux (La Roux, 2009)

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