May 3rd, 2011

What Future Are You Creating

I hear the news that Osama bin Laden is dead. What do I think? What do I say? What do I do?

If I truly want to be the grandest vision of myself, if I truly want peace in this world, this is the opportunity for me to practice self-awareness, see who I really am, and decide who I intend to be.

Every event is an opportunity for us to remind ourselves of who we truly are as a person, a friend, a parent, a family, a teacher, a leader, an organization, a community, and a nation.

Rather than label or judge a situation or a person as bad or good, we can decide who we are with regard to it and choose the experience we wish to create from it.

I may think I am a victim. I am not a victim. I am a creator.

I may think I can judge, even condemn. I am not a judge. I am a creator.

I create.

Every circumstance is an opportunity for me to create who I am and intend to be and what I want to experience in this world.

Everything I say, do and create in this world first begins in thought. What I think about, I create. What we think about collectively, we create. What we focus on becomes our reality.

Every thought is rooted in love or fear.

As I hear and process the news of the death of Osama bin Laden, do I choose to re-act thoughts rooted in fear? Or do I choose thoughts rooted in love?

I choose love. I choose peace.

So I ask myself:

  • What can I say or do right now for the greater good?
  • How can I make a difference in this moment?
  • How can I be of highest and best service in this moment?

What we do in times of difficulty can be our greatest success. For the experience we create is a declaration of who we are and who we intend to be.

Confucius said, “To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life…”

How are you being in relation to the news of the day? What is the future you are creating?