Some believe that you can feel truth. The theory gets more detailed in two ways. In the presence of truth, your body recognizes it. In knowing truth, our bodies become stronger. The outcome is that you physically feel better and are energized in truth. When I listen to a singer singing from the heart outwards, I can feel if there is truthfulness in her/his belief. When it’s there, I know that s/he has moved beyond the syllables to the meaning of the words. In hearing, we step into a moment where something mysterious is shared with the performer.
I realized that I am drawn to those who are passionate about life while both experiencing and contributing to it. It is as if we have heard the call. “Who out there has a lust for life? Can’t wait each day to come upon beauty?” (Psalm 34.12) We heard and we responded. I want to say thank-you to those I have met along this path. Because of your journeys, I can see mine with more clarity. Your examples are great reminders of lessons that I want to carry with me.
Life is not for the timid. It is for those willing to risk, willing to leave their hearts and souls open to criticism and judgment. At times those willing to risk will be rewarded, however they will likely experience more than their share of pain.
Not everyone will like (accept) you. Life is closer to art than it is to science. While discipline and logic are critical, in the end it full of emotional memories, decisions, and relationships. Our strength and confidence does not need to rest on the view of others. We have an opportunity to live with the unconditional acceptance and embrace of one, God.
There will be times where our best will not be perfect. To anyone worried about this, welcome to being human.
Today, even in a tree-less part of China dominated by pollution, there is hidden beauty and wonder. I hope to walk with others eager to experience and give back to life.