You cannot gauge your pathway based upon another's. You cannot compare yourself to your neighbor and think that is the way to know whether or not you're "rightly" living ... the rightness of living comes in following the energy of your soul and the light within YOU. If it is joy, peace, and love to you? It is the way to your divine potential. --- That is it. That is the simple test ... the fruit of YOUR journey bringing you expansion.
I believe that as we focus on unity and let go of the need to control and make everyone fit into the box we believe they should fit into, we will bring about a healing and a change to the world that will cleanse and replenish and lift up and lighten and brighten and strengthen and make way for peace.
I could talk forever about this and the truth is you have to figure out your own gauge. You have to follow your own joy. You have to go toward the light within you. Your way to your divine potential is unique and individual and will be your own brand of joy. It won't look like my way, don't go MY way ... go the way that sets YOUR soul free.
As I was "walking" my heart rate down before I had to be home ... with 8 minutes to spare to take my daughter to middle school, I just felt this gratitude. I said to that "God Universe" space within me, "Thank you thank you thank you. I am grateful I can run, I am grateful the sun is shining, I am grateful I am continually sustained, and I am so grateful I see who I am. Thank you for helping me see."
Will she or even I get it "right" all of the time and never look at the negative? No. We're human. We will not be perfect, but we don't have to be perfect. We just have to be trying today to be better, to look higher, to see the love instead of the hate, and to focus on all that fills us with light instead of dwelling on the garbage. In trying each day to be a little more positive than the day before, a little kinder, a little gentler, a little more loving, a little more thoughtful we are doing what we can.
We were created to LOVE! We were created to expand JOY in the world around us. We were created to appreciate and enjoy the world that is full of beauty and awe inspiring miraculous sights. God, Universe, Existence, the source of all that is IS love. That is the nature of that which created us. And creation is expansion of oneself ... God expanded to create each of us and it was an expansion of love. ... We are each love too. That is OUR nature.
Be open. ASK for guidance. LOOK for it everywhere and at all times ... it will come when you least expect it and when it does it will change everything ... a change in PERSPECTIVE is a miracle in my book, and I am ALWAYS grateful for miracles. They come to me in perfect timing exactly when I need them. And in those miraculous moments of a shifted energy state, a changed perspective, or a lit spark within me - MY BEING EXPANDS.
The energy of my being is the way I can bring change to the world. That is it. As I live love, love is given more space in the world. As I live peace, peace becomes the "way" around me. As I offer healing, healing is present. My power lies in MY thoughts, MY actions, MY giving, MY energy. But in those, I AM able to change the world through always offering my ALL for goodness, light, truth, peace, love, and unity.
That soul space within you IS guiding you. It knows exactly where you need to go and exactly what you need to get there. It is a PERFECT guide for YOU. Not for anyone else, they have their own guide within them. Do not think for one moment that YOUR journey needs to look like anyone else's ... it is for you. If you are paying attention to YOUR divine guide ... and seeing the fruit that comes from it (expansion, love, unity, peace, joy, GROWTH) then you are exactly where you need to be and you can have faith that you are progressing perfectly.
Isn't it amazing that sometimes when you are having a "day" ... you know the kind ... maybe you're just in a funk and you don't know why ... and then all of a sudden out of nowhere you will receive something that makes you feel loved, or induces a smile, or causes you to laugh or something that lightens your mood. It's not a coincidence. It's because your energy is part of ALL of existence and the Universe conspires for your good. When you are down, there is something or someone that can and will help you feel better. Look for that thing. Expect that thing.
Spiritual things are interesting. They are very easily cast off as "random" or "that dream was your midnight snack talking" or "coincidence" or "crazy" or whatever ... it is EASY to disbelieve things that you can't see. It takes much more strength and absolutely takes FAITH to believe in things that are not apparent on our physical world.
I think I get the "easy" part. I just get to embrace what comes into my experience with love and light in my heart and live according to what fills me with those. I don't have to do the convincing, God does that. I don't have to do the leading, the Universe and the Light does that. I don't even have to worry over anyone or anything ... I trust in faith that God and the Universe has got it under control and when I am needed for some purpose or some part, I will be inspired to do my part and fulfill my purpose.