In an episode of the science fiction television show, Stargate SG-1, a character named Jonas leaves his home planet and aligns himself with a technologically advanced alien race. His mission was to acquire scientific knowledge that would eventually help further the development of his own civilization.
Many people from Jonas’ home disapproved of his mission. Some simply lacked his appreciation for science while others regarded him as a betrayer. Jonas, however, comforted and motivated himself with the thought that his risky venture was not only essential to his personal fulfillment, but that it was also the only real means by which he could ever contribute anything of worth to his planet’s evolution.
In our spiritual journeys, we are sometimes led to explore relationships with new places, practices, perspectives, and people. Sometimes the sense of peace, security, and pride felt by those who are close to us will be threatened by our choices. Some might feel as if we’re being deceived or led astray. Others might regard our decisions as wastes of time and energy that would be better spent on something more “practical.”
Like Jonas, we must comfort and motivate ourselves with the following thought:
You will never be fulfilled by pursuing someone else’s happiness. Your only chance of living a satisfying life lies in your allegiance to the callings in your own heart. Furthermore, you are of no help to anyone if you’re pretentiously acting your way through life. Your best shot at contributing to the evolution of humanity comes from being yourself.
So ask the questions that matter to YOU.
Journey to the places that beckon YOU.
Explore the possibilities that haunt YOU.
Connect with the people who Interest YOU.
Solve the problems that bother YOU
Because in order for YOU to change the world, you have to actually BE you.
That’s my two cents.
What do YOU think?