I had planned to commemorate my 365th day of posting tomorrow with a big splash: “I showed up for 365 days! I kept my promise!” Instead, I’ll be happily celebrating with a very special guest post that came to me in an email from a man named George Barnard who lives in Australia, and who posts messages of love and encouragement for humanity. When I read the email, I thought, “These words sum up in a few paragraphs what I’ve wished I could say all year.” Please come back tomorrow. I promise, you will be moved.
Now, back to today and this 364th day of consecutive postings at Notes Along the Path. A total of 393 posts, including this one, have been published since June 14th of last year, including 32 Guest Posts from very special people. Thanks to Anita Ueno, Sharie from Sending Joy and Michael Brine especially, who have shared from their hearts about what is important in life. I love them for their genuine commitments to live a spiritual life and to make a healing difference in the world. In the last year, I also re-posted three or four of my own pieces when I realized I was unable to say what I wanted to say any better than I already had. I have done my best to be true and have sincerely hoped to pass on something meaningful every day.
Regular readers are familiar with me struggling with my writer’s ego and a very human tendency to judge myself and others. Me judging myself and other people leaves scars on my heart muscle—I can feel them—because condemning each other is at the top of the list of things our loving Creator does not want us to do. He/She/Christ/Universe/Compassion are masters of love and forgiveness and any teaching that says otherwise is off the mark. Follow the path of loving-kindness and your life will be transformed. Now is a very good time to begin or to expand.:)
Habitual readers also have seen me at my best, when my mind and heart opened at the same time and something beautiful was given out through this writing. You cannot know how much it means to me to be useful, having lost through illness my ability to work, and to follow my heart. Many thanks to WordPress for making this no-cost writing-place possible for me. I know a year’s worth of days have passed since June 14, 2009, but it’s all a blur to me, like I blinked and here we all are. I so appreciate you stopping by once in a while and your comments are a well-loved blessing (for every blogger) that make me feel connected to you and, somehow, to the world. Thank you so much.
Today, I looked back at my first post, A Prayer for My Children. I’m taking the liberty of reposting it here because, though I didn’t know it at the time, it turned out to be the roadmap for my blogging adventure. We are heart-linked to our families and blessed by the opportunity to be better people because we are an example for other human beings, especially our little ones–who grow up desiring only what we all want, to be loved and to love deeply, to share memorable and meaningful life-moments, and to make a positive difference in the world. All the rest, our homes and neighborhoods, our attire and autos, and our jobs and activities are the accessories of life—not the purpose of life. Guess I’d better get on with it. Here is my first post:
I pray that no matter what choices you make, you will always know how much you are loved by God, and by me. I love you in the way only a mother can, but we are all God’s children and He wants us, after our Earth experiences, to choose to come home.
I pray you are patient with yourself and with your loved ones. We’re all in this boat together and the world is a hard enough place already.
I pray that you sow seeds of kindness and compassion wherever you are, because these seeds bear much fruit, as joy, in our lives.
I pray that you are not tricked too often or for too long by your wily shadow selves.
I pray you are a good friend to others, and that you are rewarded with true, abiding friendships.
I pray that every teardrop cleanses you and brings you closer to unraveling the roots of your suffering.
I pray you come to recognize that you did choose this life, for both its blessings and its pain, for the growth of your soul.
I pray you do not use or manipulate people, or circumstances. The payment we extract of ourselves for this is very high. Commit to do your best and leave the rest to God–as the famous poster says.
And, perhaps most importantly, I pray you come to understand that each of us believes we are the center of the universe. (You can check this by watching your thoughts for a few minutes–a half-hour would be great!) We all struggle with this self-centeredness, but this is why we are here: to understand we are only one tiny cell on God’s body and that we each have an important part to play in the great cosmic story.
What is next for me? I’m not sure. After my post tomorrow, I may feel a tug to turn on the computer and post again, but I may not. I may take a break. Or I may leave this record of a year in my life just as it is. I doubt I’ll be gone for long because this blog has been such an important part of my life, but I just don’t know yet. My heartfelt prayer for you is this: May you and yours be blessed by Love, and may you keep turning until you are moving directly into the world of Light.