It is such a blessing to share this experience called life, with our family, friends, mentors and peers. They each contribute to our growth and understanding of who we are, and to the world around us. The memories we share in those moments of joy and happiness, are the treasures that hold us through the tough days we all must face. And through it all, it helps to remember that we are all here to be of service in one way or another.
Wake up each morning and, in your heart, feel truly grateful that you can breathe. Start the day by bringing light into someone’s life. Always feel you have the power to impact a person even with a simple smile. A Buddhist monk once said that even when you don’t feel like smiling, put it on anyway and see how your energy changes. You and others who see you will be affected in such a positive way.
It is the simple things in life like a smile or a warm hug that could mean a world of difference to someone going through difficulties in their lives. The simple act of touch and reaching out to someone has the power to lift them up and will help them to get through their day. So, reach out to one another! Say “Thank you! I love you! You are precious!”
Don’t be afraid to love and give love, as giving is more important than receiving. You don’t have to wait for someone to say “I love you” first. Instead, be centered in yourself to freely give love. The reward in what comes back to you when your heart is open, is greater than being in fear of not receiving love.
I have learned that life is short – you don’t know when you or your loved ones will pass into the next life. I’ve also learned from my mistake of not saying what I wanted to say until it was too late. Now, I spend time sharing love with those that I care about, and even with strangers. So use each day to share a smile, a hug, a thank you, and to reach out and show love, kindness, and gratitude to others.
You don’t have to be religious, but be comfortable in your skin. Learn to know yourself from the inside, not through the interpretation of others, but rather, check in with yourself daily each morning to ensure that you are connected to the Self that matters to you.
Throughout life, you will have supporters and non supporters. At the end of the day, when you are secure in yourself- in who you are, where you came from and in what you are here to do- then you are in a space of liberation and freedom within yourself. That is a place where your spirituality can grow and develop.
One of the mantras I say to myself is: “I love you, I will always be there for you, I will always take care of you.” I invite you to say this to yourself, right here, right now. Realize how amazing you are. Then, share your smile, give a hug and go show someone you care. The world is a better place because you are here.