Clarity Through My Eyes

The word clarity. Without looking it up, I wanted to write about what I felt about its meaning.

Those moments in time when things seem obvious. Not some things but all details in your life. The clarity of paths taken were lessons for the future directions and experiences, the simplicity around aligning yourself with people who share the same values as you. That your purpose is clear, and you are taking steps each and every day to allow that purpose to flow fully from you.

I thought of the clarity on how you feel about something. We easily can get swept away in moments that at the time feel right but leave us empty. Decisions we make can be based on our perceived needs and not the real needs that we have. Frequently we consider money as fulfilling our needs. Still, the reality is no amount of money will satisfy your inner purpose, being normalized to those around you. No amount of money is worth sacrificing the unique contribution that you can provide in life. No amount of money will change the person you are at the root of who you are. I am not to be swayed by the potential for monetary gains.

Let me be driven by the need to help others, create the best world to live in that is possible, and do it in a way that is not harmful to others or myself.

Be mindful and willing to know when I have begun down the wrong path and the self-awareness to change direction. This is my purpose. Making money and receiving titles have never been important to me. If there is a title associated with the work that I produce, there is an uneasiness I feel deep within my soul.

Titles can symbolize that which others put on you to limit you, categorize you, and normalize you into a perception of success. It blinds you and presents a path that seems straightforward and is easy to follow yet may not be the right direction for you. It is ok. Not everyone is going to go down the same path, and in fact, that is good. It balances the world.

Be true to what feeds your energy and allows you to accept your own successes. Ask yourself this, are you doing things to gain acceptance, or are you doing something to genuinely make a difference? Be honest with yourself. Through that honesty comes the clarity of life’s true purpose.


Raissa Urdiales
Raissa Urdiales
Raissa lived most of her life along the shores of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin. She currently lives in the quiet city of Tega Cay, South Carolina, just across the border from the very active art community of Charlotte, North Carolina. Raissa has not always considered herself as an artist. She spent a great portion of her adult life staring into computer screens and managing computer system implementations and upgrades in the traditional corporate setting. It was through a chance paint night that she discovered her passion for painting. On her 51st birthday, she treated herself to some acrylic paints and brushes and has not stopped painting since. She balances her passion for creating with her day job as a systems analyst. In the wee hours of the morning, you will find her painting before she immerses herself in the technology that is consuming the world today. Although Raissa does not have formal training in the arts she is very conscious of the benefits it has on the human psyche. She holds a Bachelor's of Science majoring in Psychology where she focused her studies on Organizational Psychology. Through her corporate career, she has learned how to strike a balance between that which provides monetary reward and that which fulfills us as humans. For her, this balance is obtained through painting, writing, and exercise. She is currently a member of the Guild of Charlotte Artists where she exhibits select pieces during the quarterly art shows in and around the Charlotte Metropolitan Area. She has also submitted and is featured regularly in the Light Space & Time online gallery. When she is not painting or working with computer systems, she is writing. She currently has a column with BIZCATALYST 360° named “Artful Being” where she writes on topics both in and out of her corporate life to help others gain balance on what it is to be human.

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  1. I am so on the same page with you. Enjoying the challenge and opportunity to gain expertise and be an asset has always been so much more important to me. I will always have just enough money to get through the month and it has been my lifelong story. I have never gotten a promotion but I have had many interesting and satisfying jobs. It’s not about wanting more. It’s more about being grateful for what I have.