|Posted by Nathalie Brewer on January 4, 2012 at 6:15 AM|
Who knows what essence of a written or spoken word is absorbed by the mind and the heart or what imprint these words leave upon our souls. Like tiny pieces of an enormous puzzle called The Song of Life, perhaps its lyrics are scattered, here and there, throughout history—preserved by time and waiting patiently for the perfect moment to join together as one extraordinary, yet very simple, message.
I’ve often wondered what influence our voices have on the world as a whole and what it would sound like if many voices, past and present, came together as one song. Would the great secrets of our distinguished universe suddenly be revealed if the tiny bits and pieces of thought and language throughout time could be gathered into one melodious statement? And, is it possible that one such statement could apply to all of humanity—every person on Earth—no exceptions? What if The Song of Life, in its entirety, is but a single statement—a statement so euphorically brilliant that even the masters marvel at its magnificence? And what if that notoriously elusive mystery we call “our purpose in life” is as simple as each of us bringing one unique word to that statement? What then? What great truth would emerge if we all suddenly knew what our “word” was, and someone came along and fit all of the words neatly together, revealing the secret of our existence with one, life changing statement—a statement so bold, and so pure and so powerful that it would light up every dark corner of the world?
Perhaps because I am a poet, I find the composing of a lyrical destiny not so very difficult to imagine. If it is true that we have come here for a reason, and if it is true that the reason each of us is born is to give something of ourselves to the world, adding to the spiritual evolution of humanity—then assuming we each carry one word of the song, or one piece of the puzzle, is not an uncommon thought at all.
Envision this: before we are born, we are each given a word to bring with us to Earth. Our only purpose for being on the planet is to express that one word—just express it, nothing else. We don’t have to figure out how, or when, or where it will fit into the great Song of Life; all we are required to do is know what it is and hand it over to the “Song of Life Department” with unmitigated trust at the perfect point in time, and BINGO, the great secret of life appears in one, easy-to-understand message.
Now envision this: somewhere along the path of life you lose your word. Or you forget what it is. Or you know what it is, but you have “expressing-it" issues, or worse, you have “I-just-can’t-let-it-go” issues. Bad news—The Song of Life Department needs every single word or no one gets to sing the whole song, and regretfully, we miss the message that is intended for all of us.
Suddenly it becomes very apparent that every word counts. Every single word is important—your word is just as valuable to the composition of the song as Gandhi’s word or Buddha’s word or Mother Theresa’s word. Never underestimate the value of your word by thinking that other words, possibly bigger words, are better than the one assigned to you.
All words are created equal, no exceptions. Thus, if you’re thinking your word doesn’t count, know that it does, and in a very big way! The spiritual integrity of the entire world—all of humanity—is counting on you and your word. There is not one word that can be replaced with another, so if you’ve lost yours, please ask someone to help you find it and don’t give up until you do. If you’ve forgotten it—focus, focus, focus! You’ll remember what it is—we’re all cheering for you! If you know what it is, but you have “expressing-it” issues, simply close your eyes, take a deep breath of courage, and stand up and say your word!
And if, by chance, you have the dreaded “I-just-can’t-let-it-go” syndrome—please, for your own sake and the sake of humanity, give it up! Believe me, after you’ve carried it around for the better part of a lifetime, that one word gets really, really heavy. So hand it over with enthusiasm and grace; your word is part of the greatest message on Earth, and it was given to you because you have the ability to express it more beautifully and more eloquently than any other person in the world. Let it be your gift of strength and courage to others. The most important part of the message is in your hands, your heart, your soul—and it always has been. It was given to you before you were even born; you’ve had it all along and sharing it only makes it more valuable, because the song is impossible without you.
Heather K. O'Hara is an award-winning poet and author of
AXIS, The Song in the Center of the Soul
and Living on Level 7, Choosing a Life with a View
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