Welcome to Jim Phillips’ Wednesday Wisdom for October 17th! Each Wednesday, WU World Changer Jim Phillips will share some mid-week wisdom for you to ponder and embrace!
“You are where you are because it is where you are intended to be.”
Have you ever seen the results of a hurricane, tsunami or other natural disaster and wished you could be there to help?
Have you seen people in less developed countries living in what can be described as deplorable conditions and wished there was something you could do other than write a check?
While watching a news magazine show one Friday night I had this experience. In fact, the feelings I had were so strong that I had to turn it off and go for a walk. The show was about Somalia, the civil war and genocide that has occurred in that country. Many of the video clips were of young mothers with starving children and nowhere to live.
My first thoughts were how can we as humans allow these conditions to exist during a time where there is so much excess. These thoughts were followed by how can GOD, the Universe, etc., allow these conditions to exist. Why were these people born into such difficult circumstances while I was born into conditions more favorable?
While walking, I asked these questions. The answers came quickly, however, were not what I expected to receive. I was told that if I was intended to be in Somalia or any other country, I would be.
I am where I am because it is where I am intended to be, have chosen to be, and is best suited for me.
For many, this might sound like a cop-out. This answer might remove guilt about what is happening in other parts of the world if we choose not to be actively involved.
However, it is not intended to relieve us of the opportunity we have to be of service to others where we are. I use the word opportunity intentionally. We have no obligation to help others; in fact, it is this sense of obligation that fosters guilt. The opportunity to be of service is always present; the choice to give ourselves is ours alone.
It also made me realize that we are each born into the circumstances perfectly suited for what our Soul intended to experience during this lifetime. Those that are born into what appear to be more difficult life circumstances are born into those circumstances because it offers what their Soul requires to fulfill its life’s purpose.
This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t help; just that we understand there is more going on than what we can comprehend from our limited human perspective. The question now is, “what is it that I am to do where I am?” This is the question we must each answer for ourselves.
We all want to make a difference in this world, and in so doing, make a difference in the lives of others, yet we struggle with how.
The answer is quite simple, maybe too simple for most. However, it isn’t the answer that causes fear, frustration or anxiety, it is the implementation. The answer is, “be you.” Allow “you” to be what is experienced and expressed in this world in whatever way you are called to express and experience you. Be who and what you are inspired to be, and you impact those people you are intended to impact, just as those around you impact you by who and what they are being.
As you live in full expression of your truth, who and what you are intended to be, you serve as an example to others of what is possible for them.
As others are empowered to live from their truth, humanity and the world, are forever changed.
See you back here next week for my Wednesday Wisdom for October 24th!
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Jim Phillips is a LIFE Strategist, speaker, and America’s Leading Authority on Living in Full Expression. In fact, he wrote the book on it. He has also been engaged in the business world for over 40 years during which he has been inspiring others to higher levels of achievement and understanding through strategy sessions, coaching, writing and more than 20 International Business Conference presentations. He currently resides in Ashburn, VA where he continues his writing, coaching and speaking. To learn more, visit his website.