Year ago while I was meditating I had a vision. I saw a tiny ancient woman walking toward me. Her face was creased with an unbelievable amount of wrinkles and she smiled at me with immense unconditional love. Her eyes shone like the eyes of every sweet grandmother who ever lived and, indeed, she was loving kindness itself, sweet medicine.
Reaching up, she put both hands on my shoulders, looked into my eyes, and said, “No one is greater or lesser than you are.” At that moment I realized that feeling like you are better than others is an illusion. On the other hand I realized that feeling inferior to others was also an illusion—a stupid waste of time and energy. No matter who we are and what we are doing, we all have gifts to offer. No one is here by accident, only by design.
Martha Graham, one of the inventors of modern dance, once wrote: “There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action; and because there is only one of you in all of time, this experience is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it.”
We are all special individuals. The world needs all our gifts since every human being ever born has a purpose in coming to this planet. It is my hope that all of us find joy and fulfillment in discovering, exploring, and living our purpose throughout our lives.