Rev. Arlene Meyer, our Minister, posts mid-week messages on this blog. Come back often to read her inspiring and thought-provoking posts. Learn more about her.
Today many of us lead lives that are hectic, stressful and filled with challenges. There are others however, who seem to live a life that is calm, peaceful, and filled with blessings. Why is it that some people seem to live such a gifted life while others seem to struggle so much?
In her book, Simple Abundance, Sarah Ban Breathnach, compares life to a tapestry. When we look closely at it, it may seem to be a mess, just a bunch of threads that make no sense at all. When we look at the tapestry from a distance, we can however see the pattern and the beauty that is not visible close up. What we see is based on our outlook.
Life is what it is, our experience of it is made up of what we do with that which we are given. Do we practice gratitude, do we take time to see the beauty all around us, are our relationships harmonious, and do we feel a natural joy not because of our circumstances but because we cannot help but feel joy?
If our life is not working, maybe it is time to stop looking ‘out there”, blaming “them”, or feeling sorry for ourselves because life is not what we thought it should be. Maybe it is time to begin asking ourselves how we can live well. We can create a wonderful life if we just begin to realize what a gift it is and to appreciate it.
Quote of the Week
“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.”