The average Westerner, some would label civilized, (I would not choose that word), is caught in a life of mediocrity and unhappiness. The magic has been lost on most. We are sucked into the spell of consumerism, to be left with many things in our garage but nothing in our hearts. We live frustrated, desperate lives of hopelessness, which are only occasionally sprinkled with moments of hope and clarity. The most we look forward to is the next thing we can add to our already bulging pile of stuff. We somehow go to jobs we don’t choose, day in day out, wondering if there isn’t something more to life. We skimp and scrape to get by, never thinking about the next person. It does not often cross our minds, that giving away our time, energy and love to another, gives us more happiness and hope in our own lives. We live in fear – fear of dying, fear of living, fear of losing our stuff, fear of our neighbors, fear of the environment, fear of change, and fear of ourselves, really.”
Sherman continued as the others focused their attention on him. “If we compare this type of existence to the type of existence the owner’s of these handprints lived, we see a dramatic difference. They sought out, discovered and lived in harmony with their purpose, with each other and in their environment. These symbols physically remain to demonstrate to this day, their connection to personal power and purpose – and to the spirit world that brought them that purpose. When we know our purpose we are happier, more centered people. We have direction, hope and something to look forward to, each and every day. Something to work toward. When we meet people who are living on-purpose we revere them, call them heroes and envy their lives. But we each have out own gifts to bring. Like the “Little Drummer Boy” our personal gifts are all that God wants from us. When our personal purpose is expressed in how we make a living, we are fulfilled and happy. When that purpose also reveals our individual method of service to our fellow man, fear falls away and peace and satisfaction take its place.