In Oprah’s 21 day Desire & Destiny meditation series Oprah and Deepak ask us to answer three, simple questions:
Who am I?
What do I want?
How can I serve?
Small, aren’t they? But I think they are the toughest questions you can ask and answer.
Each question is part of one week’s exploration. Each builds on the other and helps you to slowly but surely understand who you really are without all the noise that people, life and even you, yourself, have heaped on the small, brave spark that waits for each of us to listen, again.
As I wrote in my previous blog post, one of the biggest things I have learned about myself is that what I really want (Day 8) is to live from my heart in peace and joy. Today, I learned something I knew, we all know really, but tend to forget.
In this whole world, teeming with billions of people, there is only one you.
Read that again. There is only one you, one me, one unique person. And if we dare to follow our path up the mountain, if we follow our bliss, each of us has within us the power to change the world.
Don’t believe it? Nelson Mandela changed the world — from a prison cell where he lived for 27 years, this one beautiful soul reached out and broke the back of apartheid.
How about Geoffrey Canada? His Harlem Children’s Zone rescued thousands of children and families, rebuilt a neighborhood and reformed education forever in Harlem, New York.
What about Shirley Chisholm? She became the first African-American woman elected to Congress. She fought not just for her constituency but for all people in need of a better life and she won.
Take just a moment, today, to ask yourself those three questions then listen, really listen. The universe will send you the answer and it might surprise you.