I wonder what you want from this life. If you were given a notebook or a journal or a clean slate, what would you write on it?
Here’s a choice…you can stop reading this post for a few minutes and write down the first things that come to you or you can keep reading and perhaps, if you’re interested, do this later (although I may spoil it a little with the rest of this post).
This isn’t the typical New Year’s resolutions, nor a list of challenging items to attempt to accomplish. Rather, it’s a wish list of the experiences you most want to have this time around.
Now, what would happen if I asked you to narrow your list down to only one thing. Would that be difficult for you?
I think it is often the case that we have so many options it becomes challenging to sort through them and choose only the ones that we think will make us happy.
Years ago, Maureen and I were in San Diego and went to brunch at the Hotel Del Coronado. It was incredible. I think they boasted that they had over 130 selections to choose from. It was overwhelming and almost everything looked delicious. I seriously doubt whether anyone left there without a massive stomach ache. They should have handed out Tums as folks walked out the door.
That’s how it can be when we’re given too many choices. Often, we want more things than we can manage. That’s my reason for asking you to narrow your list to only one item. To gain some clarity and focus.
I want to share with you what I chose.
I want to feel loved and that it makes a difference that I’m here on this earth.
I am profoundly grateful that there are those in my life who tell me that they love me and that I make a difference in their lives.
But sometimes, I only hear long after the fact that what I did or said, reached someone. I long to be a part of others’ lives, connecting deeply them. I want them to know that I love them.
From time to time, there is an aloneness that comes to join me. When this happens, it is hard to feel others love for me.
In one of those moments I asked Lia (a feminine part of god I know as Love In Action) about this and was surprised by her answer.
She said, “YOU are always free to do this…to offer love to yourself and to others. And you can always talk with me and I will tell you the truth…you are made from pure love. You needn’t be troubled by your own misperception that you are anything else but love. The truth remains the truth, that you and I are ONE. One pure love.”
I don’t know about you, but for some reason it’s hard for me to tell myself that I love me. It’s only on my wisest days, that I can hold still, take a calming breathe and tell myself that I love me and that I know it matters that I’m here. That I have a purpose and a mission.
Lia offers this reminder, “It is the same for every one of you. You all want to know and feel love. I ask that you believe me, that you are love.”
My hope for you, heading into this new year, is that you know love and feel loved. It’s truly the reason why I write these posts.
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