“What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Have you ever come across a quote and thought, “Yes, that is exactly how I feel!” When I first read this famous quote from Mr. Emerson, my initial reaction was instant recognition. The validity of truth expressed in these eighteen words shone brightly in my mind and stayed with me, causing me to look at situations from a different perspective. A simple question of logic spurred by this quote has redirected my thoughts and energy.
If what lies within me is greater than anything that can happen to me, then why do I spend so much time on the external and not the internal?
The answer to that question, dear reader, is the purpose of this blog and my many musings on different subjects. It is so much more comfortable to focus on what someone else is doing, rather than inspect my own motives or behavior. My finger, pointed in accusation towards another, still leaves four fingers pointed at me.
Perhaps it is the condemnation and judgment that is so disturbing. As long as I focus on someone else, the laser beam of criticism cannot be trained on me. Fear of exposure propels my energies outward, my words shaped in judgment and my thoughts constantly on the lookout for the next victim.
Fortunately, as I have grown older (and perhaps a bit wiser), I have learned that I have nothing to fear about myself. Time spent getting to know ME is time well spent, for it shapes my thoughts about my world. I have pulled back the curtain and discovered that I am O.K.
What lies within is nothing short of God‘s greatness, waiting to be expressed without.