Definitely one for the history books. Mom and I enjoyed a delicious turkey dinner with all of the trimmings, accompanied by our family on Google Hangouts.
Sure missed having everyone here in person. Part of the experience of family holiday dinners is how everyone pitches in and contributes in their own way.
But, as much as we missed them, we are so grateful that they are healthy and coping well in these uncertain times. And we know that being away from each other now will make our reunion so very special.
We have our faith, which seems to be stronger and unwavering in times of strife. And although it’s evolved over the years, I believe it’s brought us closer to God and home.
“Jesus replied… love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. The second most important commandment is this: ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.'” – Mark 12:29-31
At the end of the day, all that truly matters is this: Did you love?
Did you love yourself?
Did you love your neighbours?
Did you love your enemies?
Did you love strangers?
Did you show love?
Did you allow others to love you?
Did you accept love into your life?
When you strip away the layers we have wrapped around our bodies – and I don’t mean fat and muscle – we reveal our true nature: the Divine within us. And our true nature is to LOVE.
I may be able to speak the languages of men and even of angels, but if I have no love, my speech is no more than a noisy gong or a clanging bell. I may have the gift of inspired preaching; I may have all knowledge and understand all secrets; I may have all the faith needed to move mountains––but if I have no love, I am nothing. I may give away everything I have, and even give up my body to be burned—but if I have no love, this does me no good. – 1Cor 13:1-3
But, over the years we have been conditioned to GUARD our hearts, protect ourselves from outside forces who want to hurt us, and from being ridiculed, bullied, teased, and any other way we may feel vulnerable. We have encased our hearts in protective casing – and in some instances a cell-like jail. Our second nature takes over and instead of LOVING and accepting others with open arms we judge and speculate their motives.
But there is HOPE and you can get your true nature back. It starts with day 29 and 30 of the 30 days of Happiness. (I saved the best for last!)
Sure you can follow all 30 days and you will ignite the happiness within and witness it grow over the 30 days, but without day 29 and 30 there is really no point as these days are the basis, the foundation – if you will – of your life on earth. Without love, there is nothing.
LOVE is the answer to every question. Love is the only thing that is REAL. Everything else – sickness, disaster, worry – is just FEAR which is an illusion because where love is, light is and where light is darkness is eradicated, thus fear is eradicated.
Loving a higher power, loving yourself, and loving others and accepting love unconditionally into your heart are the keys to a happy life.
“Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. Love never gives up; and it’s faith, hope, and patience never fail…” – 1Cor 13:4-7
With that in mind: Love unconditionally (even if it’s not returned); Love with no holds barred; Be the first to love; Always smile and say hello first – don’t wait to see if your smile will be accepted, just shower people with your loving heart! Follow your heart, not your head.
“…these three remain: faith, hope and love; and the greatest of these is love.” – 1Cor 13:13
And so, the answer all along has been LOVE!
Thank you for joining me on these amazing 30 days of Happiness. I hope you have ignited that happy button inside of you and remember that:
Happiness comes from within – it’s not dependent on things you acquire, people you have in your life, or places that you visit. It’s that pilot light inside; and
You are worthy of love and you are worthy of happiness!
For some reason I was blessed with a deep faith in God and Jesus. I have a close connection with the spirit world, the ascended masters and the angelic realm. Since I was a child I’ve had this connection. It’s something that’s always been there and it’s something I don’t know how to describe except to say it’s a knowing. I just know he exists.
It’s true I was raised in an Irish Catholic family, which would make you assume that’s where my deep faith comes from. Actually it doesn’t. Being Catholic gave me the tools I needed to learn and develop, but my foundation was already laid before I came into this world.
There was a very short time when I doubted that God existed. I was taking a mandatory philosophy class in college and suddenly a whole new world was opened up to me that not only shook my Catholic upbringing but was cracking my foundation as well. It was a dark and lonely road I needed to travel, the only way I would be able to discover my own personal beliefs away from the influence of the church and my parents.
I came to the light at the end of the dark road and was comforted that I was never really alone on my journey, Jesus and my guardian angels were with me the entire time, providing comfort and love, yet giving me the space I needed.
Although my beliefs about organized religion have changed, my belief in God has not. In my darkest hour, I am not alone. I feel love. I feel comforted.
I don’t know how people who don’t believe in God – or a higher power – get through difficult times. What do they hold onto? Do they really believe they walk alone?
They ask me how I know God exists. What proof do I have? I don’t need proof. I know, deep down inside of me, that he is real. I don’t know specifics, but I know his love.
They say: If there was a God why is there so much hate, loneliness, sickness and war? Hate, loneliness, sickness and war come from humans, not from God. I believe people learn compassion, forgiveness, healing and love from these things. When terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Centers, the phone calls made weren’t about hate; they were about love, people reaching out to tell their families they love them. After the buildings collapsed, people of all colours, races, and nationalities came together to help. It was a time of bonding, of love, and of healing.
In times of distress comes hope; in times of loss comes comfort; in times of sickness comes healing. God is love. It’s all he knows. Only love is real. When you’re confronted with something other than love, look closely at it and find the truth behind the action. Perhaps someone is acting out because of fear? loneliness? hopelessness?
How do I know God is real? Witnessing the miracle of child birth; watching nature unfold: trees budding, grass growing, flowers blooming, birds flying to and fro, butterflies migrating…
I am comforted in knowing that I am surrounded by benevolent beings that are here to help me, console and comfort me, and to guide me. I am blessed to believe in a higher power – for me that higher power is God and this belief helps me through the dark times.