The way of the world

A very good friend and business associate sent me an email recently during a bad experience where I began to question something as important as anything in ones life….Purpose. I’m usually the one “pontificating” about passion, plans, or purpose, but this time he put me in my place.

He has had some “sea trials” himself lately as he calls them, with some rough waters regarding family health challenges, unexpected circumstances, and disappointments that we all now face in this “new economy”…

Yet his perspective reminded me of the early teachings I was blessed to experience from some great mentors. How dreams fuel your future, and that “action gives you traction”. I’ve met some remarkable human beings in my life, but as they say, “life gets in the way”. We often forget about those long lost days, those lessons that could keep us from going astray.

From religion to the avatars of the distant past, marketing experts or those great friends that last, a simple message has resonated through the ages. You may be rich or you may be poor, you may be happy regardless of the score.  Yet the “way of the world” will have its say, and you might also question why, and what did I do to deserve this today?

Music has always been an inspiration to me, great music with a message that calms the savage beast, as we can all go “monster” in this world. With his wife recovering from serious surgery, and his Mother ill, my friend  showed me “where hearts lie”, and gave me something more potent than any pill.  We are all here for a reason, and that reason is to serve.  To offer up our individual God given skills, to others if you will.

Even when the times are tough, and it appears easier to just give up, we all have a purpose, a gift we can give away to those that just might be seeking what it is we have to say…

In the words of the great band, “Earth Wind & Fire”, I guess at the end of the day, “That’s the way of the world“….

Hearts of fire creates love desire
Take you high and higher to the world you belong
Hearts of fire creates love desire
High and higher to your place on the throne

We’ve come together on this special day
To sing our message loud and clear
Looking back we’ve touched on sorrowful days
Future pass, they disappear

You will find peace of mind
If you look way down in your heart and soul
Don’t hesitate ’cause the world seems cold
Stay young at heart ’cause you’re never (never, never, ..) old at heart

That’s the way of the world
Plant your flower and you grow a pearl
A child is born with a heart of gold
The way of the world makes his heart grow cold

Earth, Wind & Fire, 1975