Saturday, November 06, 2010

Authenticity vs. scale

As you examine your lives, realize that each and every action has merit. Each and every word you utter can be uttered with love and consciousness, or uttered carelessly. Like the leaves drift on the wind to land in places the tree may never see, so too your words, deeds, and actions will land in various ways that you cannot imagine. Send beauty out into the world dear friends. Send love.

It is not the scale of your actions that is measured when you look back on your life, but rather the authenticity with which you act. If you give huge sums of money and yet hate your neighbor, you are missing an opportunity for love. If you teach the masses, and yet forget to live in balance, you are missing the point of your own life. If you serve your family tirelessly and yet do not give yourself the courtesy of some care as well, there is no balance.

Dear ones, include yourselves and your own hearts in the equation of life. Realize that a simple act done with love is grander than a public display done for other reasons. Do not judge your lives by their scale but rather by their sincerity. For the smallest act, done with great love and sincerity is greater than the most magnificent sum of money donated to the masses if not given with a sincere heart.

This week take time to acknowledge yourself for the "small" acts of love and kindness that you perform, often without ever taking time to acknowledge yourselves. And then ponder, imagine, the ripple effect of that one action as it spirals out into the world. You may never truly know the gifts you have given until you are able to witness them through the eyes of God.