I grew up hearing, “It’s better to give than to receive”. Giving can be a wonderful thing, especially when we give wholeheartedly, not expecting mere things to do the work of love, friendship and caring.
The beauty of aging is knowing that it is not things or experiences that are the gift. It is the love and respect you have for the receiver that becomes the gift. What is between you, family and friends is the gift. The wrapped gifts are symbols, and they are wonderful, especially when wrapped with joy and friendship, shared family, love and memories. Implied in the ribbons and paper is hope for continued meetings and memories. The past, present and future is in any and every gift, wrapped, written or spoken. Enjoy knowing that THAT is the perfect gift.
Over the years, I’ve had so many excuses for not “playing full out” in my life. I could list them—and they are likely similar to a list by anybody who has been stuck in the waiting room with me. (see “oh the places you’ll go” by Dr. suess).
You can stop. Fearing life, fearing change and staying small. It just prolongs the time in the waiting room.
You are enough, you are okay. you are a necessary part of life, no matter what you DO.
Just BE you. Just BE.
At the center of each one of us there is a part that is always connected to life. The universe is always calling, calling each one of us to be who we are. Being YOU is your gift to life and to every person you meet. And I remind myself as well as you, that learning to love and to trust is a practice. When you are willing to surrender to living fully as YOU, your heart will open to allow more possibilities for love and trust. It’s step by step, day by day. We’ll forget. And then we’ll remember. Each time we practice love for others, love for self, the light at the center of our being will shine a little brighter. Your light, your love, felt as much as seen, encourages others to shine. You may never know who responds to your light. I know that the light that has been poured on me by family and friends, someone met in a class, the check-out person at the grocery store, has created a glow for me that it is my pleasure to pass on, with trust in love and knowing that it matters…
Mary is a certified Life Coach in Omaha where she enjoys reading and sharing books, taking in nature and exploring all life has to offer with her husband Kurt, and rescue dog "Scruffy".