Life has a way of reminding us that answers are available if we are willing to hear its voice. The recent question centers on how one should deal with the frustrations of the moment. Is there an answer out there that I have been missing? It is as complex as I think?
The simple answer, frustrating as it is in itself, is yes and no. There are answers. No, it is not as complex as I think. From my experience, life keeps reminding me that life is never as complex as I think it is.
The reminders I keep finding in the back pocket of my reflection include the following.
Life is chaotic, confusing, and messy. Whatever one might think of it, one always has the moment at hand. The future is one that we need to prepare for. Even in the chaos and uncertainty of the unknown, the steps to prepare are consistent. There is a consistent pattern that we are invited to embrace. In the present, it is all about the moment.
In each moment, we have the opportunity to exercise freedom. Freedom exists within us. It is ours. It is God given, something that nobody can take from us. Being prepared to exercise this freedom makes the moment easier. Our hesitation is an opportunity to reconnect with Divinity’s presence. Everything, anything is possible. It is not complex. It is a process where the possible becomes real. We can feel the embrace of our values. Compassion, mercy, and community can be real. They can find life in our freedom and the moment at hand. We decide.
There is a gateway to this opportunity. It lies in admitting and understanding reality. Now is about the real. It is rarely pretty. It is never perfect. When someone says, “Right now, friends, I’m completely frustrated by your unspiritual dealings with each other and with God.” (1 Corinthians 3.1) It is an honest statement that I/we need to hear. It is one that frequently comes from the person in the mirror. Unless I hear this voice, nothing changes.