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“A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.” Zen Shin

Nature has an interesting way of teaching us. Read the quote above. The flower takes what it needs from the Earth, the Sun, the rain, and the bees and doesn’t take any more than it needs. It only uses what it needs to survive. In return, it gives a fragrance or provides itself as food, and purifies the air.

If we all step back from our lives for a moment, we can do the same thing. We eat what we need and no more. We drink what we need and no more. We can also contribute to society by using the talents and abilities we were born with.

We can write, create art, make music, or perform in a position for a company. Each of us possesses talents and expertise we were born with. It’s like each one of us was created to fill in a puzzle piece in the universe that makes this place just one step closer to completeness.

By just being aware of what we love doing, what we are passionate about, we fulfill what the flower does. It just is. It takes what it needs, gives of itself, and exists. Nature is simple.

I find that there is a pure joy in writing. A real joy in inspiring others. I believe that writing is my way of contributing to the world. I challenge you to find your passion. You’ll know what it is because you’ve always known. The difficulty with this is that sometimes we succumb to the pressures of society to work in a job we don’t like, to buy the things we don’t like, in order to fit in with the groups we don’t like. We box ourselves into the same trap everyone else is in. We buy, we owe, and then have to earn the money to pay for the things we really didn’t want or need in the first place, and the cycle goes around and around.

Remember the simplicity of the flower. It plays its part. It lives. It contributes. It does what its true nature dictates. You can do the same.

Until next time…