“It is better to allow our lives to speak for us than our words.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
I’ve read about a story of Mahatma Gandhi when he was pursued by a journalist through a train station. The journalist wanted to get an interview with the famous man for his newspaper. Despite the journalist’s persistence, Gandhi politely declined his questions and was about to board on the train to leave.
Finally, the train was pulling out of the station with Gandhi on it, the journalist called out from the station platform, “Sir! Sir! Please give me your message for the people!”
Gandhi smiled and shouted back, “My life is my message!”
Gandhi’s life message was of an indomitable spirit that inspired a nation to take a stand against tyranny through non-violent actions and movement. Others may also admire his philosophy of living the minimalist lifestyle with single-mindedness of purpose. His life demonstrated the best statement of his message, not his words.
If my life is my message, what would the message be?
Now that’s a powerful question that I’d been pondering. This post is a reminder for me as much as it’s a message for you.
Over the years I’ve searched within, explored and came up with quite a few one-liners of what my message might be (some were in the form of Ultimate Mission statements):
“Pursue truths and lead others into all truths.”
“There’s no better time than to come alive now. Wake up from sleepwalking through life.”
“Life’s too short to waste it by living someone else’s dreams.”
“Get out of your own way to be who you really are, who you’re purposed to be.”
“Be the inspiring and authentic genius that I am, who loves deeply and acts with courage and conviction.”
“Help people see the masterpiece in themselves, and see the Master.”
“In the end, only Love matters, only Love remains.”
Those were just a few of them. I was exploring on the messages that were burning inside me and what I want the world to know. Maybe at the end of my life when all is said and done, there will be just ONE overarching message over everything else. And maybe that’s for others to tell, not me.
These days, my message theme focuses more on the word ‘freedom’, to free myself and set others free.
In my pursuit of wisdom and truths, I’ve learnt that there’s so much ‘unlearning’ and unloading that needs to happen for us to reclaim our clarity and innate well-being that are already ours, but buried under many man-made ‘weights’ that pull us down. In our misunderstanding of the nature of who we are and how things work, we have put on more and more ‘weights’ thinking they will help us in many challenges (all of them are thoughts) in life.
I believe we’re meant to travel light. We already have all that we need. We can be free.
Anyway, that message is for another time when I’ll write and elaborate more.
So, back to you. If your life is your message, what would your message be? What’s your story about?
This coming weekend is a good time for you to ponder. Just explore by writing down the thoughts that come to mind. Journal them. Be inspired by your inner wisdom and dreams.