Doing the Right Thing

The hardest part about finding your joy is having the faith to do what you know in your heart of hearts is right for you, no matter what anyone else says!

Ned Lips, Author of the Reset Series

“Sarah refocused on the girls. What would be best for them? Can we stay here safely? We can’t feed everyone; no way we can get much this evening. Then, what about tomorrow? She was here in this particular place for a reason. She could feel it. Asha’s strange message returned to her: ‘Save the Family.’
‘What, Mommy?’ Janie asked, as both girls turned toward Sarah as she mumbled these words.
‘OK, girls. Come in close. We are going to have to save this group. It’s going to be our new family.’
Jazz spoke first. ‘Mom. How can we? All these people?’ Her eyes were wide. ‘Mom, we could just leave and find a nice place like we did on weekends. I can make flint tools. Janie’ll find plants. You and I can hunt. Mom, like we do every weekend.’ Sarah could feel her daughter’s heart racing as she pleaded her case. ‘Mom, we can get out of here and live just fine. Why do we need to save all these people?’
Sarah considered the idea. ‘We could do that. Does it feel right to you two? I’ll do what you think is right.’
Jazz and Janie looked at each other, then around the compound, then back at their mother. Jazz spoke. ‘I guess not.’”

from Reset, page 33

The key to finding your path in your new world, following your deepest passions to joy, is to actually step up and DO what you know in your heart of hearts is the right thing to do, no matter what the simpler, safer or perhaps better options may be. You always know in your heart of hearts what the right thing FOR YOU to do is. It takes true faith to DO what you know God, as you understand her, lets you know you have to do.

Sarah and her girls follow that path. It would be easier for them to run and survive than to try to save all of these people. There was no one there to judge them. No one there who knew their capabilities. No one there to tell them what they should or should not do. They were alone with their souls, and despite an option that seemed more sensible and easy, they did what they knew in their heart of hearts, what the universe of connected spirits, had guided them to do, what was right, for them, at that moment in time.

My Life

I have found this to be the hardest part of this process, both for me and for others. You know in your heart you’re supposed to do something. It makes no sense, or it’s hard, or scary. So you hesitate, and perhaps the moment, the opportunity is lost. You cannot think this through. When you know in your heart that you are supposed to do something, do it. It is amazing how often that works out in your favor. Amazing.

I met my lovely wife, Barbara, By following my heart and ACTING, DOING! Before we knew each other, we both happened to attend a presentation by former Secretary of State James Baker at the St. Louis University School of International Law. Common pickup joint, for sure.

After the event, the University held a reception. I had secured my plate of food, drink and a spot at a table. Barbara happened by and was looking for a space. I took the moment and invited her to join me. As it turns out, a mutual friend also joined us. Barbara respected her opinion, and for some reason, she spoke highly of me. Several crazy coincidental meetings and a number of other events later, we were dating. We’ve been married for 12 years. How about that for following your heart of hearts and DOING?

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