"The next morning, you rethought your request, realizing all that money upfront would be too much responsibility, and you amended your plea, asking for half up front and half six months later. In the afternoon, you changed your mind yet again, this time asking that the money be spread out over quarterly payments.
"Do you want to know the Creator's answer?" The student just sat there in excited anticipation, awaiting the teacher's prophecy.
"The Creator says He already has thousands of angels without a care in the world, whose sole purpose is to be righteous and to look out for others every second of the day. He doesn't need you for that. What He does need you for is to grab five minutes of Light in the midst of your challenging day, to share with someone when you don't want to - or don't have the time. This is why you were born, for these very moments of taking Light out of darkness."
Most of us perceive life's purpose upside down. We think we are achieving our purpose when our days are going well and we are inspired. But when things are not going well, we sort of write them off, assuming that as long as we have enough good days of growth and sharing, then we are in good shape, spiritually-speaking.
At its core, this is a false view of reality. As the Zohar says, "Light is only Light when it comes out of darkness." When we grab a few minutes of sharing and go outside ourselves in the midst of difficulty, we are revealing the most powerful Light and fulfilling our purpose.
Five minutes of sharing and making the effort on a difficult day are worth all the hours of good deeds done on a perfect day. Yes, what you do on a good day is essential because it enables you to have clarity in the darkness. But the illumination is not nearly as bright as connections and sharing done during tough times.
The next time you are having a difficult day (and truth be told, there is some darkness in every day) remind yourself, "This is why I am here," and then go and see what you can do to grab a few minutes of sharing, of thinking of another person, and of connecting to the Light. This is what life's all about.
Story told by Michael Berg, co-director of The Kabbalah Center.Blessing:
There is only one God, and however I think about it, whatever I call it,
I know that God is the ultimate spirit of creativity. It is the generator of
all that is, the cause of all form, and the stuff from which I am made. My
nature is Spirit's nature, and I draw from Spirit all that I ever need to live
my life and live it well.
I refuse to listen to the squawking of the world that makes no sense. I know
that there is a wisdom and an understanding within me that doesn't simply
believe, but knows that I am always at cause. The choices I make dictate the
course of my life. The attitudes I inhabit will begin to inhabit me. So I dive
deeper into this One pure and whole Presence of Spirit, bringing forth from
within me, from within the Self of myself, all that blesses and nurtures life and
loving. I create a life filled with love and joy and beauty because the choices I
make are loving, joyous, and beautiful ones. I create a life of peace, because I act
with harmlessness in every situation. And I create a life of abundance because I
immerse myself in the flow of good, both giving and receiving. I approach every
day with the clear understanding that all I experience in life is myself, over and
over again. I bring the best of myself to my life, and as a natural, spiritual result,
I experience the best life has to offer.
I give thanks for this prayer and the One Presence, and let it transform me by the
renewing of my mind and heart. I let this be, and so it is.