“When we possess the treasure of hope,
it gives rise to other treasures, too.
Hope draws forth our inner potential and
strength. Hope is a magic weapon that enables
us to make our dreams come true.”
I am celebrating a very special anniversary today. It was six years ago today that I received my Gohonzon, a scroll in Nichiren Buddhism to which you chant the very powerful mantra Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo. This was a very significant event which was the catalyst in helping me to realise my own inner potential and life-force. At the time I received the Gohonzon, I was in such a different space to what I am today. I have done things and overcome so much that would have been unimaginable to me six years ago. I have travelled to places and beyond which has forever changed me. I have met amazing souls who I am proud to call family. I have lost and gained. I have failed and succeeded. I have feared… and loved even more as a result.
There is so much to life and it started from that day I received my Gohonzon. It was the day I made a commitment to myself and to take responsibility to change my life. I had no idea it would change as much as it has and I have such a deep gratitude for what life has given me. It’s more than anything money can buy (although that is always nice of course). It is those treasures we have inside of ourselves, that is the real gold. It is what truly matters and what we have to give.
Emptied clean, I have the opportunity to live in a new way… a way that is more authentic, loving and worthy in every way. There is hope on the horizon. Sure there will always be ups and downs but nothing can ever take away what is real. Every day we are all alive is a gift and as long as we have hope, we have everything.
“Everything is born from hope.”
In light and love,
“Before you lies the journey we all must travel. A journey whose length is not as important as the footprints we leave behind for others to follow. A journey that has many paths, and the one that you choose will decide the course your life will take. You can opt for the easy and well-trodden road, or you can venture down one rarely travelled road. Either way, you have the ability to make an impact upon this world, so long as you follow the leanings of your own heart rather than the desires of others. And whichever road you choose to walk, let it show a good and noble person passed this way. One who never sacrificed convictions for a place in the sun or the easy gain, but who kept to the true and right path. And let it also show that you did not count your wealth in riches, but in how many walk this earth with humanity in their hearts, because the footprints you made in this life showed you walked the footsteps of love.”
I love these words and the meaning behind them. It is true that there are many paths to take and so many opportunities in life which are sometimes disguised as endings or difficulties. They are but a mere window into the soul of who we are. They show us the way to a life that really matters, one that honours our very core and a freedom to live by choice. Who we decide to be no matter what circumstances we find ourselves is in fact the choice. I believe we can make a difference with what we have and with where we are. You always have the Power within.
The most important thing I learnt from going down the road less travelled is to always make sure I take myself with me. Wherever you go or end up be sure to let yourself in and take yourself on your own adventure. I used to be afraid of losing myself along the way after I fought so hard to discover who I really am. This is still an ongoing process and one that I’m sure will always continue. The more I live this life, the more I can see and feel in newfound ways. The more I am able to let the light shine and to let others see it too.
When you live from that real place within your heart, life flows. Sure there will be resistance along the way but what you’ll find brings far better reward than what you think you lost. With every loss is a gain if you remain open to your truth. You will meet the greatest love of your life… and that love is YOU.
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