27 Dec

I received the following inspiration from my second cousin, Sue, who sends many inspirational emails out to her family and friends every day. She is one of my “Sunshine People” whom I count amongst my many blessings. No matter what her circumstances in her own life, Sue finds funny and inspirational stories and takes the time to share them with others.

Through Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha, my spiritual mentor and Elder of over 25 years, I have come to realize that we are the ones who determine the quality of our lives, and whether the “drama” we are playing out is “tragedy” or “comedy.”

In Ancient Futures: Times Before Time by Pa’Ris’Ha she writes, “Resolve judgments and issues and do not allow them to take more precious time in your life. Saying “yes” to the universe and getting on with empowerment is seeing what must change and doing it. Life then becomes fun and the transformation is exciting and rewarding instead of heavy and sad.”

Oprah Winfrey shares: “My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”

Essentially the message is this: We have the power to determine how what we experience affects us. If we determine to be “cause” in our lives, then we will see opportunity is all that comes our way. That starts with a decision of right thinking. I can be a victim, a pawn, or I can be Co-Creator.

The column below was written by Regina Brett, columnist for a northeastern newspaper and host of her own talk show “The Regina Brett Show” every on WKSU 89.7 FM, Northeast Ohio’s NPR affiliate. She is a cancer survivor who, after reaching 50 years added 5 more “Lessons Life Taught Me.” It shares some great ways to create beauty and joy in our lives and, as one of my favorite actresses, A.J. Cook, commented recently on her own gracious handling of being axed from a popular series in which she was starring, “Taking the high road.”

Here’s the text of the email:

This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!!

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come.

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

Its estimated 93% won’t forward this. If you are one of the 7% who will, forward this with the title ‘7%’.

I’m in the 7%. Friends are the family that we choose.

(End of email message).

Maybe you’re one of those people who find emails like this annoying. Personally, any time I can pass on inspiration to another, I’m grateful for the opportunity. I’m especially grateful for those who value our friendship enough to include me in their day with a touch of inspiration and joy!

Encouragement is something we can give to anyone. Living a rich life begins with sharing the wealth of our experience and appreciation.

“To live fully in Joy is Creator’s plan for us.”Pa’Ris’Ha

©2010 Deborah Adler. All rights reserved. (NOTE: all quoted material remains the property of the original authors. I claim no ownership).

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