Yes, you must live beautifully and not allow the spirit of the world that makes gods out of power, riches and pleasure make you to forget that you have been created for greater things– to love and to be loved. —Mother Teresa
As a child, I knew deeply that I was created for greater things, and Mother Teresa’s example was all I required as proof. The gods of this world often confused me, and I did not understand their allure. Children usually do understand their true purpose far more fully than their parents do, until, out of habituation, they grow into servants of the gods of their parents (and I would include among these gods fear, worry, and self-doubt). Jesus understood this: he counseled his followers to be like children to enter Heaven (which I believe is a state of Consciousness). Suzuki Roshi understood this, when he counseled his followers to nurture a “Beginner’s Mind” if they wished to have a “Zen Mind”.
It is never too late to reclaim one’s true purpose. Living beautifully is a moment-by-moment affair, and that affair is the great love-affair of a lifetime.