In today’s world, we are bombarded with information; sounds of music, flashes of light and color, fluid motion, visions of warm tropical places, imagery of goals worth achieving, memories of childhoods past, scenarios of futures awaiting, temporal aspects of life, emotions and frame of mind, outcomes of poor decisions, rewards for a humble life. Indeed, all these sensical stimuli invigorate our thoughts, sway our judgment and populate our mind. Critically, they feed our soul.
And at our core, that which supports all the processing and analysis of this information is what I prefer to call, “The Voice that Matters“. This voice is silent, yet dominates and influences our actions via our thoughts. This voice formulates our opinions, guides our lives and determines our future.
But just what is this voice, where did it come from and why does it speak in silence? At the foundation of our being, we are creatures of free will; possessing the ability to think, reason, make judgments, form opinions, reach decisions and implement actions. The image of the proverbial angel and devil on our shoulders is so apropos.
Still, others identify this voice as our conscience. And it can manifest itself in our minds as darkness, solitude, light, echoes, angels, demons, perhaps parents, a friend or a person from our past. Regardless of form, this force of energy materializes whenever we are presented with multiple paths for decision or action.
And truly, this voice does matter, as our lives are impacted as a result of our thoughts and actions. Rest assured, we are never alone, yet at times, the world certainly can make us feel that way.
“To the degree we acknowledge, trust, leverage and listen to the voice that matters, our lives can be enriched and stretched or constrained and limited. Even more paradoxical is the revelation that it is our own doing that ultimately directs or creates our future. We are not soulless victims, but rather, energized gladiators. Life is not a matter of chance, but of choice”.
Morality, norms, spirituality, integrity and intuition, all feed our internal voice like an engine of sorts, powering our thoughts, guiding our actions and monitoring our behaviors, setting our path forward. Each of us has multiple futures, determined by the choices we make in life.
The quality of our being is in large part, determined by our resilience in resisting temptation, our resolve to reach and implement moral behaviors, our commitment to authenticity and our willingness to embrace and acknowledge God in our lives.
The real question is which words will you talk… Which path will you walk? Can you hear the sound of silence?
Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Within the sound of silence
In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence
And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence
Fools, said I, you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you
But my words, like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence
And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said, the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sounds of silence
Indeed, it would be a cruel joke if God created us in His image, and then somehow, failed to provide us with the things we truly need to live a prosperous life as a Christian. And the truth of the matter is that each of us has what we need (note: not want) to experience an exceedingly rich and joyful life, if we choose to follow Christ‘s teaching; to avoid sin and love others without reservation.
“Perhaps by design to illustrate and test the construct of faith, God included many resources for us to enjoy. Yet, as our free will would have it, we at times, enjoy too much, obsess too much and exclude what matters too much; to the point we lose focus on what is good, what has been provided and what enriches our soul.”
There are numerous tasks each of us must not only perform, but rather, master, if we are to realize our potential as beautiful and uniquely special children of God. Among the critical few are to identify and develop self-awareness, core values, faith, discipline, compassion, respect and humility.
Collectively, these tasks prepare us to love one another, which is the ultimate end-game of our existence. And make no mistake, we have everything we need in this life to reach that goal, to fulfill our destiny.
It is our use of choice that solely determines the path we pursue, and the extent we realize our future. And a wise choice is to use prayer to seek God’s wisdom, grace and guidance to reveal answers that will lead us into eternity.
The enlightened choice is the one we make when it aligns with God’s will, plan and future. And we possess all the worldly resources necessary to meet His expectations. If only we choose to use what we need and avoid what we don’t. Choose wisely.
The world which surrounds us as a mother bear protecting her cubs, has cyclical and seemingly, eternal patterns of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats; all revolving around life and death.
And so it is with each of us. As we grow, learn and experience our environment, including other people, we amass an intellectual, emotional and psychological inventory of memories that together, form our core values, help us set goals and create and manage our expectations of ourselves and the world in which we are immersed.
In testimony to this truth, many of us annually set New Year Resolutions that serve to guide and mold our behaviors throughout the coming year. More than resolutions, they in fact, more closely resemble expectations of the future; expectations of Our future.
As healthy as it is to set and strive to achieve these earthly and mortal expectations, it is likewise, foolhardy to ignore other forces that similarly impact and influence our life on the Rock.
My beliefs include the existence of God, Angels and the Divine nature of coincidence. To be sure, every “Corrective Action” we experience masquerades as a stumble in life. Every chance interaction we encounter with another person serves some fundamental purpose for learning, about ourselves.
Many times, we fail to understand or comprehend the meaning of the encounter until at some point later in our life; when we are finally able to “connect the dots”.
“In perfect alignment with the season of Passover, each of us must resurrect our expectations of ourselves, our behavior, and specifically, our future. Like the Earth, we must revisit our presence in this world, our purpose as spiritual children of God and commit to taking the appropriate actions that will enable and empower us to reach toward the stars in an attempt to align our behavior with our inner spirit, toward the realization of our potential as human beings.”
Most importantly, this focus and disciplined effort does not and will not go unrewarded. To the contrary, any time we search within ourselves for answers in life, we grow, learn, attain wisdom and spiritually mature. In essence, we travel to a dimensional point in our consciousness which is closer to what we are to become, than to what we presently are.
Being is much more difficult than one might perceive at first glance. It requires patience, intent, humility, sacrifice and pureness of heart. Critically, it requires love and forgiveness.
And it yields so much more than that. Always know that the Answers Lie Within yourself; if only we make the effort to seek them out, and equally recognize our role in this world along with the presence of the Supreme Being. Be well.