It is all too easy today to get distracted from your values and start measuring yourself with the wrong metrics.
When money is abundant in the economy, it seems like we are all measured by financial impact.
When money is scarce in the economy, it seems like we are all measured by financial impact.
It is all too easy to start picturing ourselves as piggy banks instead of spiritual beings. Whether you have money or not, there are things of more substance to measure yourself against. It doesn’t even matter if the world recognizes your effort, you will know.
You need to keep grounded in the metrics that reflect your values.
Take a moment to consider what you value. Now think for a moment on what metrics can be useful in measuring your impact within those values.
It is okay to value money. Money is simply a tool. Tools can be used for good and bad impact. Tools have value.
I absolutely value money, but I also find myself resentful of it. I work hard at getting money to take a back seat to my higher values.
I value spiritual growth. I nurture it in myself and I encourage it in others. It’s a big reason why I write and share with others. I love to communicate and share ideas with people. I also love to connect my daily experiences with my spiritual growth.
Spirituality is, in many ways, a tool. I have seen spirituality used for good and bad.
One of the most authentic pathways to spirituality is through personal empowerment. Reminding people of their inherent value gives them the confidence to trust their instincts and follow their intuitive path. Through self esteem, self discovery is enabled. As they walk the path, natural instincts will kick.
I have also seen people’s drive for a spiritual connection lead them down a path to communities that exploit them. These communities will take a person’s natural instinct and drive it toward the communities needs instead of the individuals needs.
Being a self actualized individual feeds communities in a natural way.
Telling people how they should be spiritual puts forth a false spirit. It isn’t as powerful and it doesn’t last when the external driving force is removed.
Ultimate spiritual drive and impact must come from with the individual.
I often get distracted from my own values and find that I am measuring myself against what others value. This miscalculation leads to a path where I don’t measure up. This is when I find that I am measuring my life by metrics that matter to others, but are not as important to me. My impact and my inherent value come more from authenticity than from mimicry. Try all I want, I will never be someone else. I can only excel at being me.
Finding ways to measure your spiritual impact can be valuable. But they can also be distracting. If you don’t know how to measure your impact, don’t worry, just follow your path. Be true to yourself. Don’t worry about metrics and measures. Living an authentic life will lead to spiritual impact that cannot always be measured, but can be felt. Relax into the flow of your life.