What I’ve Learned Through The Years

To my beloved family and friends:

You are lovable and beautiful and “good enough,” just as you are. You don’t have to change or do or achieve anything. Your unique love and presence bring light into the world.

We are all imperfect, weak in some ways, and make mistakes. Learn to forgive and accept yourself – “warts and all.” Then you will be able to forgive and accept others with their limitations – and help bring hope and peace to our world.

Know you are never alone. You are always surrounded by divine love and the care of others.

You don’t need to compete or compare yourself to others. Claim, celebrate and share your unique gifts, talents, qualities and presence.

Relax and enjoy life – appreciating the blessings of each day.

Always believe in yourself and follow the guiding voice within you. That is the most important voice to listen to. Be faithful to your deepest desires and values, so you can live in harmony with your own spirit and unique purpose.

Look for the good in every person and every situation. There are always seeds of blessing hidden within hardships and challenges. Trust that there is a bigger picture than you can see or understand, and that “Life is Good!”

Pain in life is inevitable and will come in many forms. Whether it diminishes or enriches us will depend on our attitude and response to it.

Don’t get caught up in negative thinking or talk – “better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.”

Nurture an attitude of gratitude – take time each day to notice and appreciate the ordinary gifts and moments of joy.

Pamper yourself in some small way each day. Remember that you can care for others only as you care for yourself.

Make sure you have a “safe place” (person) where you can express what you’re really thinking and feeling. We are meant to share the journey with others as we walk through the highs and lows of life.

Love is the only power that can overcome and transform fear, hatred, pain and terrorism.

Forgiveness opens our hearts to that love.

Being “Beloved” is the core truth of your existence (“You are my beloved in whom I am well pleased”). Listen to that gentle voice within, not the voice of self-judgment.

Life is a journey with blessings, challenges and lessons along the way. Enjoy it all!

My special message to you all…

“All I ask of you is forever to remember me as loving you.”

 

April 7, 2005