The children’s counting rhyme “Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe” has been played by children for many, many years. It is used to select a person in games, such as tag, or for selecting various other things, in which the child who is pointed to by the chanter on the last syllable is either “chosen” or “counted out.”
In this blog, I wanted to focus on the idea of being “chosen” or “counted out.”
When I was a teenager, it used to feel to me as if certain people in this world were “chosen” and others were “counted out.” I looked out at the world and would see what I felt was a great injustice.
People born into wealthy families which obviously gave them higher education possibilities and the like. And vice versa, people born into very impoverished areas, which appeared their possibilities in life would be extremely limited.
Those who were chosen and those who were counted out.
What was created inside of me at that time in seeing that seeming injustice? A disdain for God because, clearly, any God that would favor one of his children over the others couldn’t be a good and loving God.
But in that disdain, a question remained inside of me: “Why do I feel like I’m missing something – missing a piece of this puzzle called Life?
The answer was given to me many years later.
I was getting ready to listen to an inner life talk by Guy Finley in his online Wisdom School. There was a new post that caught my eye. It came in the form of a question that a student asked of Guy. That student asked the very question that was inside of me for years about this seeming injustice, this idea of some being “chosen” and others “counted out.”
Guy’s response was this: Life isn’t equal opportunity. It is equal possibility.
I knew in that moment that the question that had remained inside of me for all those years had just been answered.
Life isn’t equal opportunity. It is equal possibility.
What does that mean?
It means that each and every one of us has the same possibility of transcending our old, borrowed repetitive level of consciousness that we all were born into and currently live from.
It means that each and every one of us is being given, moment to moment, what it is we need in order to transcend that consciousness. No one is excluded.
Now, whether we choose to agree to “give up” our old past nature in the moment is entirely up to us, but the possibilities are ceaselessly being given to us whether we are aware of it or not.
So, whether you are a parent who is struggling to put food on the table for your children, or whether you are a parent who is financially able to give your children the best of everything, the same holds true for each.
As such, it matters not what one’s “status” is in the world – the possibility of rising above this confined lower consciousness is the same across the board for all.
It matters not what we have accumulated or done in this world if we haven’t done the work necessary to transcend the old confined level of consciousness – because that is the only true purpose we are here on earth to fulfill.
All that being said, I say to all parents (and everyone for that matter), simply do your best to take care of yourself and your family. Do what is in your power and let go of the rest.
Work diligently in unwanted moments to wait…as if to say…“Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe, I choose to let my old self go.” By “old self” I mean the parts of you that are telling you what the unwanted moment means and how it will affect you.
When you agree to do that, you have agreed to allow space for something new and true to enter.
Don’t let your possibilities be wasted in favor of an old consciousness that can’t go anywhere but in circles.
Exercise for the Week:Set an intention for the day to see if you are able to not do what you customarily would do in an unwanted moment.For example, if there is a tendency to be mean when a person says or does something that you don’t like, choose instead to suffer that meanness.Make that the new habit.