“We are because we belong” -Desmond Tutu
This week I watched the film, ” I Am”. I felt a connection to Tom Shadyac and his story; having experienced a few intense challenges in my life. But like Tom, I did not let it take over but found something good and wonderful. Sometimes it takes our biggest challenges in life to discover the smallest and most beautiful of treasures.
In this film he speaks of sufferering a biking accident in which he breaks his hand and suffers a concussion. He suffers Post Concussion Syndrome in which his brain remains traumatized. He sees his inevitable death and faces it. It is this point that he realizes that his definition of happiness and much humanities is wrong. He travels the world to speak with many of its philosophers and intellectuals to answer two questions: “What’s wrong with the world and what can we do about it?” His discovery changes his world and hopefully will yours.
“Connections of sympathy are our greatest asset, it is in our DNA.” DNA is the smallest particle that makes us who we are. We all share the same DNA in different combinations. What we grow up to be depends on how it comes together what it is combined with. But it is imbedded from the beginning. A corn seed will always bring about corn. A bird egg will always hatch a bird. A human egg will always birth a human child. But we are all connected; individuals to one Universal. Regardless of where we are. Cooperation over competition. Love thy neighbor. Our heart is the center of each of us.
In this I see the connection to Haanel’s introduction to Part Eighteen. “In order to grow we must obtain what is necessary for our growth. This is brought about through the law of attraction. This principle is the sole means by which the individual is differentiated from the Universal.”
As we read in Og Mandino, “This day I will drink every minute to its full.” “I am nature’s greatest miracle”.
We live fully when we experience new, get outside the box, move out of our comfort zone; create new neurons. We have seen how the seeds of our mentor have grown. We have seen how the seeds of kindness have grown.
We must attract to us the light, the water, the fertile soils of which we need to grow. To grow from the smallest of seeds to the largest of trees.
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Through it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grow, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” Matthew 13:31-32 (NIV)