Habit #7 : Getting & Staying Connected

The 7th Habit in our series of highly spiritual people is ‘Getting & Staying Connected’. One of my favorite verses in the bible is Matthew 5 : 13-6

Matthew 5:13-16   |   Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

It talks about how we as spiritual influencers should be living examples of Jesus’ spirituality wherever we may go. The internet, on-the-go mobile devices and social media today give us the ability (a curse if left unchecked) to stay connected anywhere anytime with people we love as well as people we look up to. It has become seamless to converse with many people across geographical divides (as well as cultural and socio-economic ones) to bond, debate or challenge.

So, how do we live as the salt and light of the earth?

This brings me back to a couple of stories I’ve read from the internet shared by people and I think these two especially captured the essence of what I’m trying to say here – Click here for one and two. Not exactly salt and light but hey, coffee is a good metaphor too!

There is a new ‘back-to-the-basics’ sense of spirituality and awareness that’s sweeping the world these days. People are becoming tired of the affluenza and ever-growing need to be more ‘successful’ and many have simply given up or are looking at ways to simplify their needs and in consequence, their lives.

Have you read about Jose Mujica, the world’s ‘poorest’ president, or about how newly elected Pope Francis is ‘living’ the new spirituality – simplicity?

Or this video about one of the world’s richest (and most wealth-magnetic) businessmen?

Interesting times, but one that empowers us so much that it is quite literally, the Age of Possibilities. This age, more than any other in our experience is one which has so much potential and possibility in it that you can almost become anyone and achieve anything you could dream of within one lifetime.

“With great power comes great responsibility” – Uncle Ben, from Spider Man

And because ‘Knowledge is Power’ – that basically means all of us who have access to knowledge and who spread knowledge are now endowed with a lot more power than we can possibly imagine. We must steward that well.

You can begin with some of the best tools to get and stay connected :-

1. Facebook
2. YouTube
3. Google+
4. Path
5. Instagram

I hope that the last 7 blogs on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People have helped you take your spiritual journeying to the next level. To close this entry, here’s a little YouTube video on something about a change of perspective – and how that can sometimes create a new reality, which is after all, how new habits are formed. Enjoy!

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