Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Speak Your Truth

This past Sunday I attended a service at the Unity church. Following the service, I had a conversation with a man who told me about running for congress. He said he had built a website for the race and put a good deal of effort into it. He said he had thousands of hits and it was a great way to gain exposure for his campaign. He said it was useful. He said, now, since the race is over, he let it go and hasn't given it any attention.

I called him out. I said, so you mean, just because the race is over you've given up your service to help and lead people? It sounds like you were working for money, power and society and not for love? Your decision to serve is a life long goal that you work towards in every waking moment of your life.

He thought, wow, not only is this a sweet, endearing face telling me things, but there's some true power behind her words. He very sincerely said, wait wait wait, I did lalalala, this and that and that.... this is what I worked so hard for and this and that and lalalala....

"But your not doing it now?" I said.

Hmm. He couldn't defend himself. He had to just sit there and take what I was saying. I said, "It's ok. You don't have to know all the answers or be perfect. Following a spiritual path is work. Serving is work. It never ends. It's a life long process. Otherwise, we'd be angels flying in heaven. And maybe we will be one day."

He said, "Thank you for setting me straight."

I said, "I didn't set you straight. You set yourself straight."

He chose to stop talking and listen to me. He quit his BS and focused for a minute on what I had to say. He gave me attention and respected my words. And for that I thanked him. We both learned from this moment. I was reminded of my calling to serve and to lead. And it's work. It's a life long process. Every moment is an opportunity. Through this conversation, I was reminded of what I needed to do in my own life. It was also a success in standing up and speaking my truth. We both had things to learn from each other, and we were grateful for the moment.

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