What do you think of bees? Ants? How about earthworms? Some may see them as pests, some may see them as nuisances, some might feel totally indifferent toward them and not even give them any thought at all.
What if I told you that each of them is revealing their unique Light, just as you are?
Your instant thought is probably: How is THAT possible?
It is possible because every single purpose is purposeful. Each and every living thing on Earth has a purpose, a spark, and therefore the ability to reveal Light. This applies to you, as well!
My husband Michael recently spoke about this very idea. He spoke about how different Israelites had different roles in the desert. Some roles were very important and some were seemingly not important at all. But no matter what role they fulfilled, no matter the status or the type of position or job, each Israelite revealed the same quantity of Light.
It was a beautiful correlation and it got me thinking about how many of us have trouble seeing our own lives this way. All of our day-to-day lives are different, in small ways and large ways. An elementary school teacher’s day is going to look very different from a bank teller’s day and that bank teller’s day is going to look very different from a movie star’s day. From one perspective, this is the beauty of the diversity of our lives. From another, it is the breeding ground for comparison and pride (a side effect of perceived social hierarchies).
Theodore Roosevelt coined the phrase, “Comparison is the thief of joy” and nothing could be truer. We could even go a step further and say that if comparison is the thief of joy, it is also the thief of Light. It works like this, when we compare ourselves with others we are not having an appreciation for ourselves and the impact we can make in this world. We are buying into a belief that someone is better than us, which means that we believe that we are less than. Believing that we are less than only inspires feelings of self-doubt, insecurity, anxiety, and even depression. When we are in these negative states of being, the Light cannot reach us and as a result, we are unable to reveal our own special Light. As Rav Brandwein said, “The Light cannot rest in a place of darkness.”
Let’s take it back to bees. Bees are a tiny insect that most of us don’t give much thought to (until one lands on us, of course.) This seemingly small life-form, though, is anything but. Without bees, 70 of the world’s 100 dominating crops would go extinct including apples, avocados, mangoes, plums, peaches, celery, fennel, coffee, onions, and several types of berries. Those tiny insects pack a very powerful, nurturing, and necessary punch.
How about spiders? Spiders are not only tiny, but they are almost universally feared! However, if spiders were to suddenly disappear, insect populations would explode, crops would be decimated, and ecological balances on Earth would be completely ravaged leaving little to nothing for humans.
Even ants and worms have an enormous impact on our lives. Because they are burrowers, they aerate the soil and allow water to reach deeps roots and plants. They are also decomposers, feeding on organic waste and speeding up the process of decomposition in plants, animals, and organic matter. They are literally nature’s cleaning crew.
The lesson here is that it doesn’t matter what you do in this world, whether it’s a bee, someone working as a mailman, a police officer, a scientist, or a stay-at-home mom. All that truly matters is that you reveal the Light YOU were meant to reveal in every way you can. When you do so, you affect the world in a multitude of positive ways… in ways that you could never even imagine.
We all came to this world to grow and to transform, and with a specific purpose ultimately to reveal our unique Light and leave this world different than we came into it. If you are struggling to know your purpose, start by asking the Creator for assistance each and every morning. Then begin each day with joy and carry the consciousness that you can do great things.
THOUGHT INTO ACTION
Have you ever judged yourself for not being enough? Conversely, have you ever judged someone else because you think their life lacks purpose?