Stop…thinking about where you have to be, what you have to do, who you have to meet, follow up or get together with and all of the things and stuff that can swallow up our time and make us absolutely numb to the magnificence of excellence that exist all around us, and within us, every single day.
I’d like to invite you to take a brief respite from the urgency of living and linger with me for a moment in deep thought and gratitude. Let’s stop just living and feel again what it is to be ALIVE…
Most of us were born with the unfathomable gifts of touch, taste, sight, hearing, smell and ability to think. But many of us are guilty of moving so fast that we don’t take time to really appreciate the beauty of those who’ve mastered their gifts and in so doing, allow us the privilege of experiencing their magnificence of excellence. Deep within all of us is an insatiable desire to fulfill our innermost spiritual callings. That unexplainable vision that lies within our souls like a child wanting to be loved, played with, adored and cherished. When we honor this truth and embark on our individual journeys of self-discovery and mastery, this same gift blesses humanity with the ultimate expression of being…love.
With your ears, listen anew to the majestic aural beauty in the voices of Aretha Franklin, Luciano Pavarotti, Marian Anderson, Celine Dion and the late Whitney Houston; or the musicianship and brilliance of Mozart, Beethoven, Louis Armstrong, Elvis, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Prince and the late Michael Jackson, all of whom have risen to the pinnacle of their craft. In the expression of their gifts lies the magnificence of excellence for us all.
With your eyes, behold the imagination of the mind’s eye, as illustrated and sculpted for the world to view in the artistry of Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso and Salvador Dali, to name a few. Or the impossible brought to manifestation in engineering, as evidenced by the Great Pyramids of Egypt, Colosseum, Great Wall of China, Stonehenge, Taj Mahal, and in modern times, the Golden Gate Bridge, Burj Dubai, Burj Al-Arab Hotel, Birds Nest Stadium in Beijing China and space travel. In each, marvel at the magnificence of excellence that started with a singular thought and vision brought to fruition.
With your tongue, become present again with the unparalleled ability to distinguish an infinite amount of savory and delectable combinations of flavors and those blessed with the gift of combining them for our pleasure. Whether you have an affinity for sweet, sour, salty, bitter, spicy or umami; there are those who have studied and revered their gifts to literally serve the world. Whether it be your mother’s home cooking or a feast prepared by some of the world’s best known chefs, we are all blessed with the product of people who follow their calling and grace us with their magnificence of excellence.
With your touch, feel, as if for the first time, the textures of our incredible world and marvel at our ability to differentiate them all. Those who chase their dreams and abilities in this area bless us with clothes to adorn our bodies, homes to protect our families and materials to both stimulate and comfort us.
Still yourself for a moment and listen…listen to that voice within that begs for your attention. The voice that says, “You and only you were magnificently made to bless the world through your ability, talent and God given gifts.” What gift or talent will you share with the world?
Some will listen and lack the belief that they can, some will fearfully decline, and a very few will take action and change the world. It is not an easy choice; it is full of arduous work, time and discipline. Yet it is the greatest gift that you can give to yourself and the world in which we live…the magnificence of excellence. Let it be you.