This leafy bouquet landed pristinely untouched, resting on the sludgy surface. Being in the world, but not of it, means landing softly and gently, not allowing the muck to pull me down with it, sullying my Spirit and Soul in the process.
In life we can’t control what happens to us, but we can influence outcomes by taking responsibility for the part we play. Our reaction is something we CAN control. Do I choose to make things worse, or better? What most of us need is more objectivity, and less reactivity. This requires forgiveness and compassion for ourselves and others, which comes from a place of balanced confidence. I need to remind myself of this today and everyday.
Being IN the world but not OF It, doesn’t mean projecting an image of perfection, or keeping up appearances at all costs. It’s about realizing, honoring and preserving my most authentic unique self, the part of me which is not OF this world, but happens to be IN it! I still have to live life here, this requires not being afraid to risk floating in the muck till the next rains come along, bringing opportunity for refreshment and renewal…coasting me downstream, or sliding me up on a safe shore. If I find myself getting pulled under, I will hold my Breath and keep the Faith. I have no choice but to survive, and I will…eternal Divine Love is my ultimate Life Guard.