I have been contemplating 3 things.
In particular, what are 3 things, of all the things I’ve learned in my life, I want to share most with my grandchildren?
It is not a simple process to discern these 3 things. I don’t want them to be about ‘doing’. They are about ‘being’. Present in this world. Aware. Conscious. Thoughtful.
This contemplation is a deep examination of my values. Of what is important to me to create value in the world around me and an understanding of what I feel is my unique expression of Divine Grace in this world.
These 3 things are not like teaching him how to say the alphabet or count to 100. They are deeply personal, deeply impactful to the quality of my life and my being fully present to and within my life.
This morning in meditation, 3 things floated into my consciousness as gracefully as a leaf drifting down to rest upon the surface of the river on a warm autumn morning. I held them for a moment and like the leaf, let them drift quietly away as I sank deeper into the silence.
Yet, when I came back into awareness, there they were, 3 things I seek to carry with me as I journey through this world. 3 Things I seek to share with my grandson to add value to his world.
These three things are not shared through teaching, but through being who I am and how I am in this world. Somedays, I live from within my 3 things with grace and ease. Other days it’s a struggle. But always, when I let my 3 Things be my touchstone, my world is a better place for me and everyone I meet.
And that is what I want to share with him. The beauty and fragility of our human condition and our capacity to be forgiving, loving, and compassionate with ourselves and everyone in our lives when we live from a heart-driven place where love, compassion, and kindness are our guides.
My 3 things are unique to me. They are universal qualities. They come from that place deep within us where we rise above our impulses and ego-driven machinations to hear our heart and soul calling us to be in Unity with the Divine Grace of life within and all around us.
My 3 Things bring my deepest desires into alignment with the desire of the Universe for me to know life in all its beauty, wonder, and possibility. They free me to live at peace in that grace-filled space where I am One with divine love and compassion for myself and the people around me.
- Be kind. In all things, all ways, be kind. Treat people and this earth gently. Tread lightly. Speak softly. Act respectfully. Do not let your thinking interfere with your being who you are. Do not let your anger pull you away from the path of kindness. Ask yourself, is this [whatever I’m about to do or say] the kindest thing I can do or say in this moment? And let your heart answer.
- Listen to your heart. No matter what is happening in the world around you, your heart knows the answers. Listen deeply. Strive to keep your heart soft and your mind open. Let your heart inform your thinking. Let your heart lead the way. When angry or feeling hurt by the actions of others, when you feel frightened and alone, when you feel unsure and confused, ask your heart what it knows. Your heart will always tell you the truth. Listen deeply. Trust in Love. Trust in yourself. Believe in your heart.
- Live joyfully. It can be tempting to fall into the trap of thinking life is a serious business. That making a difference means focussing on what’s wrong in the world, not what’s right. There is a great deal going on in this big ole’ world that makes your heart beat faster, your eyes open in wonder and your thoughts take flights of fancy. Let the wonder of it all keep you seeking the path of joy. No matter what you’re doing, where you’re going, or how you’re traveling, let joy be your constant companion.
I want my grandchildren to know that as we travel through the world, we can sometimes lose our way. To find ourselves again, all we need to do is come back to our hearts by living within the truth of our own 3 Things.
We all have 3 Things, maybe even more, that guide and support who we are and what we do in this world. For me today, 3 Things are what I need to travel lightly so I can share with my grandchildren the beauty I see in the world around me.
What about you? What are your 3 Things?