#280: What is the Source of Your Power?
Monday, April 05, 2010
I once read a story about a group of men who were soldiers with T.E. Lawrence, the great desert fighter of World War I who helped lead the Arabs in their revolt against the Turks. Some of Lawrence's team had lived in the desert for a long period of time. When he treated them to a stay in an elegant hotel in Paris, France, what intrigued them the most was a water faucet in the hotel room's bathroom. After struggling daily to find a source of water in the desert, they were amazed that all they had to do to have water was to turn a little handle.
Lawrence pointed out to the men that the faucet was connected to a pipe that led to a network of other pipes that in turn were attached to giant conduits which led to vast reservoirs that were located so rain and melting snow kept them filled and that without a large source of water power, turning on a faucet would produce no water.
Aren't we like that faucet? Without some source of power influencing us, how can we have meaning? Do we often take living, like the availability of water, for granted? Or do we connect to a higher source that can fill us with the power we need to live fulfilling lives?
Whether the power is given a name such as God or simply referred to as the essence of the universe, there is a strength available to us if we sincerely try to get in touch with it. Believing that what happens to us day by day is all that life has to offer leads to despair and depression.
We need to set our sights higher. When we hang our heads and look at the sidewalk, we miss watching birds singing in trees, we fail to notice fluffy clouds overhead and we miss seeing the majesty of multi-hued rainbows.
Similarly, when we look to the heavens we attract the source of eternal power waiting for us. Like an electrical cord, we just have to plug into it and believe that good things will happen.
Do not take life, like the availability of fresh water, for granted. Seek the source of all positive things in the world and you can lead a happier, more personally fulfilling life.