The above is from Conrad Hilton's autobiography, Be My Guest. In these rules he gets to the essential elements of living effectively. I see these rules as the pathway to living in the flow - from last weeks blog:
Here are some comments on both the pathway and where it leads:
Why is finding your talent important? Because we are each here with a talent (or talents) for the purpose of sharing it with others. We are given talents for one purpose - in order to be of service to others. Let this day and every day be a day to share your gifts.
Be big! Dream big! Reflect on the words of architect Daniel Burnham, "Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood." Dream big because God meets us at the level of our dreams. Dream big so you may become fully one with your talent - your God given talent which is your purpose on earth. The bigger your dreams, and the more you open to them, the greater your service to others.
Be honest. Live with integrity in all you do. This begins with being honest with yourself. Reflect now on the words of Shakespere from Hamlet,"This above all else: to thine own self be true, and it must follow as the night the day, thou cans't not be false to any man." To be of service to others all relationships must proceed from integrity within.
Live with enthusiasm! This is living from a constant joy in your heart. Joy that is living from awareness of the Divine in your heart. When living in the flow of God's will for your life - enthusiasm pours forth from you, and Enthusiasm is contagious. Allow enthusiasm to be a gift you give to others every day.
Possessions are just things. If you find there are things in your life that you absolutely cannot live without, then give them away. Allow them to bless someone else. It is in giving that we receive.
DON'T WORRY! worry has never solved a single problem. Worry does nothing to change a difficult circumstance. Worry creates more problems. Worry destroys from within. Let it go. Live in expectation of positive outcomes.
Look down on no one. We are all children of the same creator who loves each of equally. We must learn to let go of judging others and offer only love no matter who the preson is or what the circumstances are. Practice every day seeing every one from God's perspective. what a gift you will be giving them - and yourself.
Let go of the past. Holding on to past hurts and past mistakes and negative feelings and people who looked down us you even years before keeps us stranded. stranded on an island of regrets and guilt. Forgive all who harmed you and forgive yourself! Turn all of your past over to the Divine and let it go and be free. Free to grow. Free to be who your truly are. Free to allow your gifts to grow and bless others.
Accept your full share of responsibility in the world. You are here to be who you truly are. You are here to express the highest possible form of your gifts and talents. Be the person you are here to be and accept that as your share of responsibility. We are all here with the responsibility to use our talents for the benefit of all.
It says in Philippians - "pray without ceasing." Stop frequently throughout the day and, even for just a moment, turn within and focus your awareness for that moment on the One who created you and sustains you. Living in the awareness of the presence of the Divine lifts us up and sustains us in all we are here to be and do (and of couse you know by now what it is we are here to be and to do). Praying confidently is so important. Pray as if your prayers are already answered. Pray joyfully in anticipation of an answered prayer. Pray with confident knowledge of a positive outworking of God's will in your life.
All of these rules for living an effective life and ideas on what it means to live in the flow are all really about what we are here for. I find the answer so succinctly expressed by the author known only as Mary in her book All That You Are:
"It is my greatest and deepest desire to be of service in any manner possible to me . . . to express my deepest self in the world . . . that I may perhaps help someone to find his way again if he has become lost, or to help someone find his way for the first time . . .
I do not care in which direction I am sent, so long as it is the will of my creator and as long as I may be of service. This is my only purpose in existing, my only goal in life . . ."
Live effectively; be in the flow; be of service.
Gene Ford Runnels
Rev. Gene Ford Runnels