The Difference

"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting." E.E. Cummings


       
            Yesterday I read the quote above by E.E. Cummings and just felt the need to write and encourage all of you who would read this. My hope is that as you work your way through these words, you would be filled with peace, knowing that you have been created as a unique expression of Love in the earth and that without you the world would be lacking fullness, vibrancy and life.
            Your life has purpose. There are dreams in your heart that are unique to you because you have been fashioned in such a way to be able to walk out these dreams like no one else alive. All too often, people miss out on experiencing joy unspeakable because they are afraid or unwilling to pursue that which fills their heart with excitement and their life with a feeling of purpose. There is a pressure surrounding us, attempting to smother us from all sides. We are expected to live according to a certain pattern and mold, to speak the same, the act the same, to think the same. Brothers and sisters, this should not, this must not be.
          As E.E. Cummings stated, we are in the fight for our lives... literally. The world and powers that be are doing their best to keep you and  I contained, contented, stifled. We are told to pursue "real jobs" and to put dreams on a shelf until we are older, or our lives are more "stable" (this goes for every age group, for in a world of constant change which is perishable and passing away, the search for "stability" is futile, even delusional, and never ends) . In my lifetime I have watched a shift happen in society. We live in an age when logic and intellectualism have taken precedence over the unseen, whether that be the devaluing of our spiritual lives, imaginations or our hopes and desires. I met a small child recently who made it a point to tell me that she did not believe in unicorns... I can only guess what other imaginings (if these are only imagined) she has been stripped of and had replaced with the drudgery of "real life". 
        You and I can be the difference. We can hope together for change, for life and for peace. We can be light in a world filled with darkness. What part of your life have you been neglecting because it's just not "practical"? How long have you been neglecting your dreams or your spiritual life because you have been too focused on only what you can see in the here and now? Life is worth living to the fullest. You are not just flesh and bones but spirit, and every part of your being must be nourished. Let us choose today that we will allow that which is unseen to be real in our lives. Whether we need to refocus and pursue our deepest passions and callings or recenter and make a decision to care for our spiritual needs to the same degree we do our bodily. 

Be who you are, not who you aren't. Take time to see and appreciate that which is unseen. You and I can live in a way that is different; we can be the difference.