'Follow your bliss'.. and the question of responsibilities
"Follow your bliss" often comes across one of those pithy, throw-away philosophical mantras that everyone takes with a pinch of salt, or waters down to suit their own palate. After all, you can't go around following just that wee voice inside that speaks for our own well being all the time, can you?
Here's a text message thread from Evelyn Rodriguez' latest post, "follow your bliss...happy Independence day" (click through to read it in context)
[Me: i.e. Evelyn] sorry keep get ensnare by world drama, okay when focus myself follow my own thread o inspiration even if silly 2 everyone else
He: Thts all u gota do
Me: 2 simple. guess can't believe so simple
Yes, it's too good to be true. Yes, it's that simple.
The mind quickly passes off "follow your bliss" as a nice thought but not a literal truth. In it's inability to comprehend that we need only 'follow what makes us happy in each moment' the eye will jump straight to the next sentence to find out 'how'.
Maybe it's because the prospect of taking this idea seriously raises all sorts of issues around guilt and responsibility.. issues that we would have deal with once and for all. And perhaps that's too big a price to pay! ;-)
But here's the thing: - when we free ourselves of the responsibility of making other people happy and having to care for the world, then we really do become part of the solution. If we turn on a room light it's not just us that benefits, is it? Everyone present can see better. As we allow our own spark shine, the whole place has to light up too.
Isn't this our ONE responsibility?
The best way to avoid responsibility is to say, 'I've got responsibilities'"... Richard Bach
Thanks Evelyn for this beautiful little insight. We never really realise what a burden it is to carry around our list of expectations and responsibilities until we actually put it down. It's so simple.. it's almost too good to be true.
Credit: Cartoon by Andre at a beautiful revolution.