Entry for Day 7 of The Happiness Project
3 things I’m grateful for:
- I was able to work from home today.
- I didn’t have to work a full day because we had a company outing at the bowling alley!
- My air hockey skills.
You don’t know me. But, even though we’ve never met, we are connected.
Think of me when your heart is broken. When your spirit has been shattered. When you feel like every ounce of love and light you had has been ripped out of you. When you feel the cold chill of the gaping void left behind inside of you. When you feel alone and scared. When you’re shriveled and in a dark corner and can’t move because of the debilitating sadness you feel. Think of me.
Understand you are not alone. I am here to help you bear the burden of your pain. To absorb the emotional blow you’re taking. You don’t have to take it all on alone. Think of me and I will be there.
We may never know each other. Our eyes may never meet. We may never even step foot on the same continent. But you will feel my heart if you just reach out for me. If you call on me, I will send my love to you. You don’t have to be alone.
We are all connected. We may only know each other when we are in the deepest of despair. When we have reached the deepest depth of loneliness we can imagine. Know that it’s designed that way so that, in these moments, we may turn inward to find each other.
Find me and I will share my love with you, as you will with me when I need it. I will give you hope. I will restore your faith. Think of me and my love will help you heal.
You are not alone. We are all connected. And we are all here, to offer you love, during the moments when you need it most. Just call for us.
Oriah Mountain Dreamer beautifully summed up the life of a single person searching for something real. Her poem, The Invitation, is life-changing. You’re welcome. 🙂
Oriah Mountain Dreamer
It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.
It doesn’t interest me how old you are
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for your dreams
for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon…
I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.
I want to know if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your
fingers and toes
without cautioning us to
to remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me
I want to know if you can
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.
I want to know if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand on the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after a night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.
It doesn’t interest me who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the center of the fire
and not shrink back.
It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone
and if you truly like the company you keep
in the empty moments.
If you haven’t yet read The Soulmate Secret by Arielle Ford, you should carve out a weekend for some serious personal growth. In the meantime, the letter below is one of the most powerful things I’ve read and is too good not to share. Read the original post here.
Everyone longs to give themselves completely to someone, to have a deep soul relationship with another, to be loved thoroughly and exclusively, but I say “No.” Not until you are satisfied, fulfilled and content with being alone, with giving yourself totally and unreservedly to Me, will you be ready to have the intensely personal and unique relationship that I have planned for you. You will never be united with anyone or anything else until you are united with Me. I want you to stop planning, stop wishing, and start allowing Me to give you the most thrilling plan in existence – one that you cannot even imagine. I want you to have the best. Please, allow Me to bring it to you.
You must keep watching Me expecting the greatest of things. Keep experiencing the satisfaction that I AM. Keep listening and learning the things that I will tell you. Just wait. That’s all. Don’t be anxious. Don’t worry. Don’t look around at the things others have or that I have given them. Don’t look at the things you think you want. Just keep looking up to Me or you will miss what I want to show you. And then, when you are ready, I will surprise you with a love far more wonderful than any you have dreamed of.
You see, until you are ready and until the one I have for you is ready (I am working even at this moment to have you both ready at the same time), until you are both satisfied exclusively with Me and the life I have prepared for you, you won’t be able to experience the love that exemplifies your relationship with Me. This is Perfect Love.
And Dear One, I want you to have this most wonderful love. I want to see in the flesh a picture of your relationship with Me, and to enjoy materially and concretely the everlasting union of beauty, perfection, and love that I offer. Know that I love you utterly. Believe it and be satisfied.