“I was taught to strive not because there were any guarantees of success, but because the act of striving is in itself the only way to keep faith with life.” – Madeleine Albright
I believe it was Einstein who said: there are two ways to live, as if everything is a miracle and as if nothing is.
I prefer the former. Not that I am able to live like that exclusively, but it is my preference and intention. (And what we intend and prefer matters… )
It’s not, however, enough to have the thought of living as if everything is a miracle (of its own sort… ), we need to honor – through action – the amazing opportunity that each moment offers.
We must pay rent.
Paying “rent” is how we keep faith with life.
I see “rent” as being the best person we can and fulfilling our unique purpose as humans.
There is an elegant and un-relenting perfectness to Earthly-opportunity/Earthly-rent system. We will never get any more than we give, and we get nothing until we give.
So, to sum up what is a possibly confusing post:
- Being of service is the price (/rent) we pay to honor the (never-ending) opportunities our lives bestow.
- And being who we truly are and making that manifest through purposeful action is how we serve.