“Claim your power.” Sounds like an advertisement for a self-help course, doesn’t it? Or in other words: Stand up tall and be proud. Hold your chin up high. Feel your nobility. Realize who you actually are. These are all reminders to self that even though you might feel small, helpless and vulnerable, there is another side to your being which is unbelievably strong, mighty and fearless. As well as loving, kind and magnanimous. Largeness of being is what I am talking about. And it is one of the ‘keys to the city.’
After days, weeks, and months of experiencing fear, loathing and dread of the possible future, tonight I have had a wonderful reminder of these more noble aspects of my being. A couple of dear friends and I had dinner and talked long into the night about such matters. They helped to remind me of what I had apparently forgotten: the power of the human spirit. My friends reminded me of all the Good which is happening between people right now, all over the planet. Of our connection with the wisdom which resides inside each one of us. That there is enormous love present in the world. That it isn’t all doom and gloom. That the sun still shines, the moon still rises, the stars are always present. That I don’t have to live in fear, I can make another choice in each and every moment. That I do matter, my presence, my thoughts, my words, my beautiful heart. That it isn’t all for nothing, there is a huge shift occurring on Earth at this very moment for the better. We are pretty much in the eye of the needle right now, and there is extremely intensified energy moving through us all.
We have to hang on for this wild ride, and try hard to keep our equilibrium. The best and strongest position to be in while going through it is to remain calm. One of my favorite television shows used to be Star Trek, the originals when I was a youngster, and then Next Generation, with Jean Luc Picard, when I was in my twenties. I think I loved it because no matter what happened, what evils or ridiculously horrific thing they were facing, Jean Luc remained calm. He was the epitome of Centered, Deeply Courageous Human, utterly noble. He, along with his loyal crew, faced down every sort of danger and force of destruction in the universe with an unwavering strength, determination and the presence of good and truth. He was the role model of all role models for me, even though I didn’t realize it at the time, and related a whole lot more to the empath lady. Now, years later, I can see that it was Jean Luc all along. The hero. Whom I aspire to emulate. “Make it so, Number One.”
We actually are very powerful beings, Dear Readers. More than most of us quite realize. Our actions, words and thoughts have the power to affect change in the world. When we are pure of heart, are at least trying to live without pretense, guile or agendas, we add something valuable to the world. Our lives do matter, and each time we make an effort, no matter how humble, to help another, or nature or ourselves to become better and stronger than we were before, we are doing noble work. A smile is worth gold in this world. A tender touch, a laugh. A glimpse into a more ideal world. A moment of hope. I am grateful to my friends for helping me to embrace hope again tonight.
- Five Leadership Lessons From Jean-Luc Picard (forbes.com)