Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines an instrument as “a tool or device used for a particular purpose; especially: a tool or device to do careful and exact work. A means whereby something is achieved, performed, or furthered.”
My brother's family, Ric, Kate, George, and Max, gave my wife and me a very wonderful gift for Christmas: a beautiful hand-carved statue of St. Francis of Assisi with a small piece of paper with the prayer of St. Francis. It reads:
The Prayer of Saint Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.
Combining the definition and the prayer, you are asking to be the device used to bring peace, love, pardon, faith, hope, light, and joy into the world.
This does not say, “Lord, give me peace.” It says, “Make me an instrument of thy peace.”
You already have within you all that you need to be the instrument. You just have to choose to bring it forward.
In his book, Power Versus Force, David Hawkins writes, “Every thought, action, decision or feeling creates an eddy in the interlocking, interbalancing, energy fields of life. In this interconnected universe, every improvement we make in our private world improves the world at large for everyone.”
In other words, the environment outside of you will change only when you change the environment inside of you. You have to change first before anybody or anything else will change in your life.
For this reason, you have to choose to be conscious of what you allow into your mind. You will implement a new approach that will allow you to become the instrument, free of any contaminating thoughts, beliefs, and habits in your life.
You will bring to your environment all that you want. If you want peace, you need to be peace. If you want love, you need to sow love. As Gandhi said, “be the change you want to see in the world.”
In 2015, be the instrument that will learn the WUCA! Way, act the WUCA! Way, and teach the WUCA! Way. Join us to build civility around the world!