Tonight is the night we realize we have everything we need.
Tonight we realize there is nothing we can buy, there is nobody we can meet, there is no where we can run away to where we will not have to face our challenges when we get there.
There is nothing outside, separate, or apart from us, that will "make us happy". That will finally "satisfy our desires".
Do you know why?
Because those desires are an illusion.
Our thoughts, or our ego, or our superficial self, when out of control, creates these illusions. Illusions that we don't have enough, illusions that someone has done something that "hurt us", illusions that something makes us "not good enough" for those around us, and mostly, illusions that we are not good enough for ourselves.
When we continue to seek in outside sources for our source of fulfillment, gratification, and our love, we beg for something we are already fabulously rich with. We create problems that keep us from feeling the appreciation for what we already have. We create starvation when we are already fulfilled.
We continue to dig through our neighbors garbage for scraps, when our home is stocked with rich, beautiful, exotic and unique, foods and well aged, expensive wine.
There is nothing that we don't already possess within, to be thankful, appreciative, and grateful for. There is no amount of money, no car, no amount of beautiful women that can finally fill our emptiness.
"That is the real spiritual awakening, when something emerges from within you that is deeper than who you thought you were. So, the person is still there, but one could almost say that something more powerful shines through the person."
If we can only take a step back from our stressful days, our constant negative thinking, and our self harming behavior, take a deep breath, and look within, it is so easy to see. We have immense strength, we have kindness that can help those around us, we have immeasurable love, and we already have all the happiness we continue to tell ourselves is just right around the corner.
And let me tell you a little secret...
The only time that ever exists, the only time you are ever happy, fulfilled, content,
The day we realize we have everything we need, is the day we already have everything we've ever wanted.
Today is a day to look backward, forward, and then to look to the now and breathe deeply. A day to appreciate every moment that has brought us where we are.
We seem to be constantly forgetting we are clinging to the surface of a rock, hurling through a seemingly endless void, around a massive flaming ball of hydrogen fusion at 18.5 miles a second, which itself is moving about 500 thousand miles an hour through space.
Today is a day to be thankful for beautiful moments as well as the challenges, because without them we would be weak. For the love we have felt for the beautiful people who have graced our lives, and for the chance to have known those we have lost.
I don't presume to know more than anyone else about life and I can only guess that we are here to learn lessons, lessons on living. To learn about being grateful, compassionate, lessons on love.
We can think of all the lessons we have had to learn this year, all the hurdles we have faced, and we can be grateful for for the opportunity to be clinging to this rock together.
It's easy to forget that life is beautiful and short, and that it doesn't lend it's secrets easily by sitting around thinking about the past, or the future that does not exist.
Only in the now do we have any say in what kind of life we live. We choose however we may like, and we have much more influence than it may seem, for every moment is a step in any direction.
Choose the beautiful path.
Choose to see life in everything around you. Choose to find people who are kind to you. Choose to be kind to yourself.
Choose to follow your greatest dreams.
If you don't want to be where you are, you have two legs.
If you can't walk,