Let the Beauty You Love Be What You Do!

“Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened.  Don’t open the door to the study
and begin reading.  Take down a musical instrument.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”

--Jelaluddin Rumi

I love this poem by the Sufi spiritual master, Rumi, for the beauty of his words and images-- and for the eloquence with which he expresses our movement from habitual acts to transformative action.  This is what I love, too, about doing life coaching, and watching the people I work with blossom with the joy of self-discovery as they create the changes that really matter to them in their careers and lives.

“Let the beauty we love be what we do.”  The wake-up call-- it’s time to stop settling for less and go for “the beauty we love” in our lives.  What is it that we really want?  What is it that we are ready to put all our heart, energy, and passion into now?  How do we really want contribute to the world, to our families, to our personal dreams?What is the “beauty” that feeds our souls and frees us to forward to where we feel fulfilled?

We all have had the experience of “waking up empty and frightened” of losing what is important to ourselves, of not expressing our true selves in some way, of dying without having lived fulfilled.

The key thing is to not go back to the old habits, not just to “begin reading”-- but to step past our fears into a leap forward that may well feel radical.  “Take down a musical instrument” and follow the the unknown songs and sounds that emerge to new realms that free you to be yourself!