In life we encounter more and more questions, and too often it seems there are fewer and fewer answers. As we become older, many answers are revealed to us, only to be replaced by new questions. There are questions which I believe are never answered here on Earth. I have learned that by accepting the fact that there are things about our lives which remain a mystery, and that the mystery may never be solved, we can live more healthily, happily and freely.
To many of the questions we have, answers can be found in the lives and experiences of others. By sharing what we know and what we experience, we can help each other grow mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I believe that every single person we meet in life, whether it be a significant relationship or a brief encounter, provides us an opportunity to learn something. To this end, our lives are intertwined with each other's for one purpose, and that is to make this world we live in a better place.
"How," you ask, "can a simple, insignificant human being like myself possibly have an affect on the world?" The world can be made a better place with a child, a flower bed, a tree, or the simple daily deeds you carry out. All of these things have a ripple affect. The child, being raised in a loving, supportive environment, in turn may have a child. The flowers bring beauty to the environment and inspire others to also plant flowers. The tree produces seed which brings forth more trees. The kindness you show another encourages that person to come to the aid of others. And so it goes.
Several years ago I had the utmost privelege of watching Yanni perform in the "concert of a lifetime" at the Acropolis on PBS, as did millions of other people. It was my first time to see or hear him, and it was unlike any concert I had ever seen before. His music touched me, but not nearly as much as did his words. Before he performed the last piece, he said something very profound, that truly touched my heart and I have never forgotten:
The words he spoke were pure wisdom....because he spoke from the heart. We ARE all the same. But, I wonder, if we truly are all the same, why is it that after 2,000 years following the birth of Grace, do we still have hate and violence and strife in our world? The reason is very simple. Not everyone has achieved the inner qualities we as human beings need to live together harmoniously, for one reason or another. I am convinced that to achieve peace throughout the world, we must each achieve our own inner peace. With inner peace intact, we can then become better friends, husbands, wives, parents, teachers, and humanitarians.
It is my hope that this series of pages will provide insight, help and encouragement in your quest for some of the answers to life, and for achieving the qualities of life we all want. The answers in and of themselves may not be here, but you may be led to examine your life and review your experiences, where the answers may indeed lie. We all get caught up in the demands of the day, and too often we maintain a task mode which allows very little time for reflection. But I urge you to take the time to read all of the pages in the series, even if the subject does not particularly appeal to you. Then, visit the links I have at the bottom of this page. It is a big world we live in, and there is much to learn. Enjoy the Quest.