The Unforeseen Impact

Well, I struggled to come up with something to write about this week. Not just a struggle with the topic, but more so with the motivation and drive to actually write. You see, my grandmother passed a few days ago, and this is the second major loss in my family within a few short months and the third major loss for me within less than a year. I almost thought I’d skip this week, despite my promise to do weekly posts, but something inside of me urged me to give it a go.

Last week, I was sure that this post was going to revolve around a particular quote I had come across by the Chinese philosopher Chuang Tzu. It’s strange, even though I had an idea of where I wanted to go with that blog post, that post was not the one to be written this week. Instead, moments before opening my word processor to see what I could come up with, I came across another quote by Chuang Tzu that I’m quite certain fell from the ethers into a recognizable form as it spoke directly to me at the perfect moment:

Chuang TzuYou see, when you’re completely present and in the flow of life, life presents you with all that you need and there is no hesitation in each step you take. You’re centred and your mind is out of the picture insofar as worry, deliberation and trying go. You just are and in that presence of mind, the ultimate fills you with all that you need; all the inspiration and insight required to go forward. And so, when I saw this quote, I relinquished both my need to write about something and my incessant trying to work out in my head what it is I was going to write. I just let go and you know what came to me? What came was what actually needed to be written this week; the synchronicity of the universe, the beauty of it all and the importance of following that thread of inspiration born out of staying present and in the flow and truly experiencing the ultimate.

And so here it is…

A couple days before the passing of my grandmother, I published a post in my blog and in that post I included a video of a beautiful spoken word poem about death by a young man named Michael Lee. If you haven’t yet seen the video, I urge you to check it out, it will move you. Little did I know that days later this video would not only be personally relevant to me, but it would profoundly touch my father who had just learned of the passing of his mother, my grandmother. I don’t believe in coincidences and I feel that this moving video was included in that post written days before I or anyone else knew she would pass, in order to comfort those in my life.

This got me thinking, this synchronicity just happened to be something I became aware of and thus was able to recognize. What about all the things we do in life that result in a synchronicity for someone out there that we never learn of? And, that’s when I got it. You see when I wrote my last blog post and included that video, I had plans to write on other topics, but the juices just weren’t flowing and I couldn’t put any of those attempts together into a post and so I abandoned the other topics. I asked for guidance on what to write about and then it came. The video stood prominently in my mind and the topic which I spoke about quickly turned itself into a complete blog post.  And so, I posted it and lo and behold the synchronicity that unfolded shortly after.

To add to this, after publishing a couple of my previous posts I had received feedback that this or that post was just what someone needed to read when they happened to come across it or were sent a link to my blog. Apart from being a heartwarming response, this has contributed to my awareness of the synchronistic nature of our existence. When we are in tune with that subtle vibration and are in that flow, we become present to what is and the ultimate thus unravels itself through us. So in my case, I write. It’s one of the few things I’m up to these days, but this example can go for anything we do in life. When we are in tune, we see a person that needs our help and we’re there, we don’t need to question what our body needs to be nourished, we just know and when inspiration strikes to create something or do something, we must follow that, because that energy may have presented itself to us for a reason.

So all that said, with this blog post, I hoped to impart to you something that I’m learning myself and a way of living that I’m stepping into. For many of the important things we do in life, we can’t measure our impact. We don’t necessarily know what the future consequences of our actions will be for people. So with this in mind, I urge you to stay present, let yourself be guided from that place of inspiration and go forth with your work in the world. Come from that place of presence and don’t question its worth or whether it is making a difference. Do it knowing that the tales of the fruits of your work may never reach your ears, but the work may blossom and have a profound impact on someone out there

[Picture credits: Chuang Tzu and a frog, author unknown, copyright expired. Quote by Chuang Tzu.]

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