Many of our thoughts come and go so fast, are generally vague or are not thoroughly thought through enough, that we don’t reach the place of enlightenment; missing the opportunity for change. However, with effort, there is a moment when the thoughts we’ve been pondering and meditating on comes together enlightening us, giving us breakthrough. I had one of these moments recently when I was thinking about the worth of people, including myself.
The defining moment was when the expectations of beauty that society has drawn for us came into focus. I thought about the value of each and every one of us and how this society drawn line has tainted the very thoughts and actions of those towards those considered less than attractive. Regardless of size, color and heritage we ought to be loved and valuable. And on a more personal level, I thought this about myself as well. “Whether I meet society’s standards or whether I am considered attractive or not, I am worth being loved and valuable”. This is when clarity hit.
This is not just about posturing ourselves “to be” regardless of what others attitudes towards us are, but it’s also about having the right thoughts and attitudes towards others.
We should always have the opportunity to work through these enlightening moments. But these enlightenments are what life is all about. And every time we have victory, even the smallest of victories, we are soaring in the heights of life. Because as Delai Lama says, “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
There is often great struggle to reach enlightenment. For freedom comes with a price. One I am glad to pay for the benefits I receive.