It is simply amazing to me how one simple choice can change the entire energy of a situation; the light seem brighter, the music more beautiful, the sky so magical. The choice to let go, to “Live in the beauty of the question rather than the pursuit of the answer” (Ryan Weiss). To begin my day with the Course of Miracles mantra confirms my truth and redefines how I interact with myself and therefore the world around me for that day. Mind you, this energy can change in an instant. I assure you the unhealthy thought patterns do return and that is A OK with me! This is a process.
With the freed up internal space I was able to come to a realization about this blog, and perhaps my entire academic background in fact. Gretchen Rubin writes,
“One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy. One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself."
This resonated with me. I have received a few emails of gratitude since beginning this blog and it simply makes my day when I know I am helping even one person on their journey! I also noted that I offer my most inspired writing when I am fulfilled and connected. I cannot give what I did not have (feeling the pressure ;). I recognize the argument between altruism and happiness. I simply don't perceive the exchange of self-serving and communal happiness to be a singularly motivated event. To give is to receive, and there is nothing wrong with that in my mind!
I began to reflect upon my entire day after reading this quote. I was so happy to walk around town doing errands and exploring. I try and make a point to say hello to people, to smile first, to hold the door, to ask how someone’s day is going, or tell someone coming out of a fitting room that they look wonderful! This is my natural character; after reading that quote I realized why. It makes me happy to make other people happy! When someone else feels good, I feel good! We are all connected.
So let us give love and receive love; be kind to yourselves and you can in turn be kind to one another.