Feeling Blessed

Be Well Be Happy

Waking up each day, I have a feeling of gratitude for all that I have, and truly know I have been blessed with a beautiful family, friends and community. My intention is to share this feeling of gratitude to those who do not wake up feeling happy and content. There is so much suffering and anguish in life and I wish I could take your pain away. It is hard to sit with heartache and sorrow. If it is not in your nature to be unhappy, you may have trouble understanding why people look on the dark side rather than on the bright side.

I was fortunate to be born into a family of love, compassion and happiness. My parents came from Scotland and Ireland and were madly in love with one another. In their childhoods, they would endure many hardships. Somehow, they rose above it all and provided a strong foundation for seven children to live a life worth living. We would all experience a wonderful childhood and become best friends for life.  We were blessed to be born into a family of love and faith. This would make us very happy human beings.

Hardships and losses would eventually knock on our doors. We would be devastated by the loss of our 22-year-old brother, John. It would change our lives forever. We would witness the grief of our mother and father and would never forget the sadness that came from the loss of a child and a broken heart. 

Soon after my brother died, my mother would get sick and pass away. We all would experience a broken heart and much suffering while caring for our sick mom. But my father, who had a strong faith, would learn to keep us together. We overcame our grief and learned to move on in life with these powerful lessons, never taking anything for granted and truly knowing how to live in the moment and live with contentment. One day at a time.

There are many people who have lost a loved one and feel they can’t go on. Perhaps, you could bring a good memory and feel blessed by their love. We don’t know how long we have to live or what will come our way, but I do know this. We have this moment, this time and I would encourage you to choose to be happy and share the love you have in your heart. If there is someone who needs a shoulder to cry on, then share your shoulder. We are here to support one another and guide each other on the path they call life. Life can be very hard. Try to count your blessings and not your hardships. I am forever grateful for this journey. May you too find your blessings.

Blessing: "May you awaken to the mystery of being here and enter the quiet immensity of our own presence. May you have joy and peace in the temple of your senses. May you receive great encouragement when new frontiers beckon. May you respond to the call of your gift and find the courage to follow its path. May you take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention. May you be consoled in the secret symmetry of your soul.

May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder."

-John O’Donohue


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