First of all a heartfelt thank you to all who contributed to the relief efforts for the storm back east, whether it was with money, prayers, or good wishes. Collectively we were responsible for several thousand dollars of contributions. And for those of you who weren’t guided… thank you for honoring your hearts too because as the angels always remind me, “God knows what He is doing.” My heart is going out to the individuals who have been affected. Several are on this list. Family members of people I know have lost everything. And yet they are resilient, grateful for the blessings they can find, and willing to band together and bond with one another. At the worst of times, we see the best of humanity it seems. For those of you affected and reading this, our prayers continue to be with you. God is always there.
These bigger disasters always seek to remind us that our own problems aren’t so big after all. I have an elderly dog still and I won’t go into details but its like having a child in diapers minus the diapers at times. When one particularly nasty mess occurred right before a long-term client had a reading, I took a breath (outside), and gave him the option of rescheduling. He opted to have his session and so we barricaded myself in my office with the air purifier and candles. After I apologized profusely for the situation he made me laugh… “If I get upset over a little dog mess, after studying under you for so many years, either I’m a bad student, or you’re a bad teacher!” He was right. I did his session and then spent my lunch hour on my hands and knees scrubbing and doing laundry. I was grateful for a floor to scrub. Many people back east no longer have that.
So when you find yourself in circumstances you don’t like, try to be grateful for what is good. Try to remember there will always be people doing better, and there will always be people who have a much harder time. What is important is that we are here, now, in this moment, and while I certainly do not enjoy certain things about elder doggie care, I focus instead on the love and just trying to be where I’m at to the best of my ability. I have it easy compared to so many.
So this week, count your blessings, no matter how large or small. Pray for those in need. Contribute if you are guided, but above all try to bring love into every little situation. The world is truly in need. Even a smile or a small random act of kindness counts… it might just change someone’s life.