Okay, so it wasn't exactly MY date with Deepak, a few 100 other TEDx Talk Times Square guests were there too. I call it a date because Deepak was the ONE I was there to see. I've read a few of his books and have meditated with him and Oprah as part of their 21-Day Meditation Challenge. While I am forever grateful for hearing him speak live and feeling his presence, it was actually the other speakers who won over my heart and mind. That's not to say one speaker was better than another, this was really about how the speakers I wasn't as familiar with gave the talks that exposed me most to new ideas and reminded me why I was really there - to be inspired. This got me thinking how often we miss out on what other people bring in our lives because we're so busy looking up at the one we've put on a pedestal. This singular focus makes us turn a blind eye to the gifts other people bring in our relationships too!
We yearn so much for THE ONE to wow us, to give us exactly what we think we need in a way that feels good to us. The one person I'm referring to can be a spouse, a parent, a friend, boyfriend/girlfriend, or the love of your life you're still hoping to meet. Anytime we have expectations of others that are so big, we often ignore the fact that the what we're looking for maybe right within arms reach from someone else. At the conference I was looking for Deepak to share new wisdom and although he reinforced the reasons why I need, love, and miss my meditation practice - and why I need to get back on track, it was the other guest speakers who blew my mind. They introduced new and exciting information and I immediately found myself thinking of ways I can learn more and incorporate their nuggets into my own practice.
Attending that conference with the initial intention to hear Deepak and yet finding the most profound enlightenment through the other speakers reminded me that beauty, innovation, inspiration, expertise, and love, comes from many different people and in different ways. One person or one relationships may not give you everything you desire and that's OK. Take the pressure off, allow that person to come off that pedestal and walk with you in this life side by side. Recognize that some relationships are great for light-hearted gossiping, some people you can turn to for the hard honest truth, some you can coddle up to for comfort, and others will inspire you to do more, be more, and give more to others.
The Sun-day Design for this week is to greatness in all. Whos' the Deepak or larger than life person you expect too much from? Who are the "other speakers" who are just as influential in your life but whom you haven't shown enough gratitude. They share their greatness with you in their time, talent, and support. Now it's time you go thank them!
Leave a comment below telling us who you've thanked.
The life we experience is designed to help us grow. My wish is that you learn from me as much as I learn from you. Share your life lessons and let's build together.