Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. ~ Mother TeresaI am smiling this morning. In spite of the rain that fell like silver bullets in the night scorching the roof with its timpani of noise. In spite of the thunder that roared with the force of a mountain waterfall in full spring run-off rushing over the edge and crashing to the rock below.
I am smiling because it is morning and another day awaits. And this day began with reading Glynn Young's review of WHERE: 50 years of ending homelessness. I am smiling because Glynn 'got' the essence of the book. He captured the raison d'être at its core -- we wanted to tell the story of people. Not 'the homeless' or homelessness. They're just labels. We were talking about people -- and Glynn got it and I am grateful because in his sharing what he got, other's will get it too.
I smile within. My day awakens and gratitude infuses my heart with its sweet nectar, enriching its harmony of beats of joy.
Yeah. It's a great day to be alive.
In the "Awakening to an Evolutionary Life" online course I am taking guided by Craig Hamilton at Integral Enlightenment, Craig asks the question: What do you want to give life?
I have been meditating on the answer for a couple of weeks, working up 'artsy' responses that show the depth of my wisdom, the power of my intuit, the completeness of my being 'one with the world'. I have written, and rewritten my life giving statement, wanting to ensure it truly does reflect all that I am and all that I want to be in this world.
As if the universe doesn't know... all that I am.
As if it can't see that all my word-wrangling is just my ego's way of being in control. Of keeping me controlled and controlling. Of controlling the outcome.
Which is an oxymoron in itself as truly giving to the world recognizes I cannot control the outcome, just as I cannot control the waters flowing over a mountain's edge or the rain drowning the roof in sound.
I am not in control.
I am out of control. Dancing wildly in the flow of life. Laughing hysterically in the drumming of the rain pounding my senses into abandoned joy.
I am and all that matters is that I am.
I awoke this morning and felt gratitude sweep through my being. In gratitude I awaken to the wonder of being alive, in this moment, right now.
And then I get it. What do I want to give the world? My smile. Streaming joyfully from my heart. Flowing effortlessly in Love.
That's what I want to give.
No matter how dark the skies, how narrow the road, I want to light up the world with my smiling heart.
Thank you Glynn for your words. You light up the world and my heart.
Thank you Fi, at Inspiration to Dream, for the quote by Mother Teresa this morning. You too light up the world and my heart!
PS -- to read other reviews of WHERE, go HERE and HERE. To order your copy of the book, go HERE.