Vincent Van Gogh, one of our most celebrated artists, whose body of work can be seen in the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, was a failure in his time. No one wanted to buy his work, but today those same paintings are worth millions. He painted because he had to, to satisfy something in his soul. The positive effects his work brought to our shared culture would never be known by him. Does that lessen the value of his devotion?
There are opportunities for us to contribute to the good of future generations, those we will never meet, but who will benefit greatly from our efforts. What we do today will have lasting effects in our world. What is in you that makes your soul sing when you give it? One lady in my community, an older person, is dedicated to registering folks to vote. She carries with her the proper forms to be filled out. She also joins protest events to help save the environment. She works tirelessly for the rights of the disenfranchised. Someone else is creating community gardens in their neighborhood. We started a book exchange in our building to encourage reading.
Small things can make a big difference in the quality of life for families. and their children will remember and carry on the legacy of activism. Working for the good of all is good for the giver, too. Our souls want to be of value, whether it comes from the song we sing, the music we play, the beauty we create or the books we write. It is also reflected in how we interact with the planet itself.
Personally, I teach and practice New Thought spirituality because I know how healing and liberating it is. I believe the worlds’ people deserve to be freed from the superstition and dogma that has plagued our view of life for too long. So I keep on keeping on. My soul is happy even though I may not see the results of my work immediately. I know that whatever awakens us to our spiritual magnificence benefits the planet and all sentient life. What we do with love is our legacy.
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