This blog post is dedicated to those who struggle to see the reasons for their lives. . .
The reasons for my life are in a million faces
Like aching promises I feel them in my bones
Slipping through my fingers to dance upon the road
The reasons for my life are more than I can hold
But oh, the sweet delight to sing with all my might
To spark the inner light of wonder burning bright
You're not alone
You're not alone
There are increasing expectations and demands on our lives, probably more so now than ever before. I guess it has a lot to do with the fact that as you're reading these words, that you are becoming more conscious of how things are panning out in your own life - reflecting on the reasons for your life. Are you confident about what those reasons are? How did you decide what the reasons for your life would be? Did you have some help along on the way - did someone decide for you? Are there expectations for you to fulfil obligations that were arranged before you were born - do you know what your destiny is? Sometimes I think about how we don't know what our destiny is until we arrive there. But I think about "there" being not a specific place but a pause in time - where you are just starting to become aware of what this knowing is - for the reasons of your life.
The reasons for my life are buried in deep places
Words once could awaken them
These seeds that I have sown
Ringing through the madness to crash against the cold
The reasons for my life cannot be bought or sold
You can choose to make the reasons for your life very explicit and tell the entire world about it. You could also hold tight to those reasons until they become more apparent. once they come to fruition, once you've gained the confidence that those reasons will be realised in due course. Those deep places that hold these reasons - are they safe there? Who is saving those reasons for you? Can you trust that those reasons will be protected, be defended and be revealed to those who would treasure the priceless worth of them?
The top note that Riperton sings consistently throughout the song speaks to me about the struggle that we face to maintain our focus on our path. This note symbolises the focus we need to maintain our inner light burning bright in the face of people trying to snuff out that light. Musically in the song it is most apparent in the guitar solo that plays before the voice blends in with its surroundings.
The reasons for my life are filling all the spaces
Like rushing waters flow, they carry me along
Twisting through my memory to pull free from the load
The reasons for my life are more than I was told. . .
Even with the greatest insights in the world that are revealed to you - the only sure thing we know is that time will reveal what those reasons are for your life, how they have helped to shape and colour the experiences that you value in your life and in particular how you interact with other sin the world who will eventually come to rely on you fulfilling the purpose, the mission, the journey that only you can take.
I hope that despite any setbacks that are presented to you - no matter what people do to you to detract and distract you from the reasons in your life - that you continue to push on ahead, that you continue to forge that path forward because you will not be able to know in the fullness of time - what the reasons for your life are - except for you. We can only be told so much - but ultimately the knowledge that we come to know and are awakened to in the knowing of those reasons, that is when you know that you have truly lived indeed.
So fill those spaces with the reasons for your life.
Fill those voids that people want you fill with the reasons for your life.
But ultimately never forget - the only commitment you have is to yourself and being present in the reasons for your life. Don't let anybody or anything take that away from you make you second guess or doubt the reasons for your life - because if you allow them to do this - you will have unwittingly assisted them to fulfil the reason for their life - to ruin yours.
So it comes down to this.
The reasons for your life - are yours and yours alone. . .