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A Thought for Today: Smile

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I love these words from Mother Teresa. A smile is an act of love, something we can share with others to bring a bit of joy into the world.

I believe every individual deserves happiness, don’t you? It’s amazing how quickly a smile can brighten someone’s day — and brighten our own, as well.

Don’t wait for happiness. Don’t sit back wishing good things would happen. Create a little joy and happiness by putting a smile on your face and sharing it with others.

 

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Joys and Sorrows

Pablo CasalsIn April, 1970 — a lifetime away for many readers — Simon & Schuster published a book titled Joys and Sorrows: Reflections by Pablo Casals.  A Catalonian native, Casals is regarded as one of the foremost cellists of our time. He lived a long life, passing away in 1973 at the age of 96.

When asked — at age 93 — why he continued to practice the cello for three hours every day, his memorable reply was, “I’m beginning to see some improvement.”

This is one of the famous quotations I want to remember, and more, I want to borrow this attitude in my own work. I want to practice writing every day, spend time studying both the art and craft of the written word, and I hope that, like the great Pablo Casals, I might begin “to see some improvement.”

Although the book is no longer in print, it’s worth reading if you can pick up a used copy. Some libraries might still have it on the shelves, too, so on your next visit, you might want to search the card catalog to see if you can find this treasured look at life through the eyes of a remarkable man with a gentle, poetic voice.

In addition to being the title of a very beautiful book, the term “joys and sorrows” has another meaning, I’ve learned. Those words are part of a weekly service performed by the Universalist Unitarian Association, a spiritual church which welcomes all to its congregation.  The rite invites individuals to reflect upon life, to remember sorrows, to honor those who have passed away, and to celebrate, too, the joys of life.

As this new year begins, it seems an apt time for reflection, a perfect time to look back upon our own lives and to honor those who have passed away. With all the talk of 2015 being a “book of 365 blank pages”, perhaps we could each begin writing our own book of “Joys and Sorrows” and share our personal reflections.

While browsing around the internet, I’ve found several quotations that speak of joys and sorrows.

We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.

– Kahlil Gibran –

The possibilities were endless. Battles would be fought. Wonders revealed. Many journeys. Many lands. Many joys. Many sorrows. But stories all…

– William Joyce –

Joys impregnate. Sorrows bring forth.

– William Blake –

I found, too, this quiet prayer:

Thank you for today, yesterday, and tomorrow; my family, my joys, my sorrows; for all that made me stronger.

Indeed, the New Year is a perfect time for reflection, a time to express our gratitude, to respect our sorrows and acknowledge their place in our experience, and to embrace the joy of each day — those gone by, those we are living now, and those yet to come.

May your New Year 2015 be filled with blessings.

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Reflect today upon the joys and sorrows of your life.


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Invitations

You are invited…

InvitationDon’t you love those words? I do. It’s always exciting to receive an invitation in the mail, or to find one waiting in my email inbox or on my Facebook page. Invitations mean parties, celebrations, and good times.

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about invitations. Our family has enjoyed many different celebrations in recent weeks: birthdays, graduation days, anniversaries, and more!  We have a wedding coming up in November, more birthdays, and more special days we’re looking forward to sharing with friends and family members.

Of course, I have to mention the upcoming BOOK RELEASE PARTY on July 10 to celebrate the release of my latest historical romance, Keeping Faith. Maybe you’ve already received your invitation, and I hope you’re planning to join me and other western romance authors for the event. We’ll be giving away lots of prizes.

IF YOU HAVEN’T YET RECEIVED AN INVITATION, PLEASE CLICK HERE!


 

But why wait for invitations to come along? Life itself is cause for celebration, and each new day brings countless opportunities for sharing, caring, and finding joy.

Not that life is perfect, and sure, there will be days when things go wrong, days when maybe it’s hard to smile. Sometimes we experience pain, disappointment, suffering, and sorrow. It’s all part of this wondrous thing we call LIFE.

It’s been said that we can’t know pleasure without also knowing pain, that every beginning is also an ending, and that there must be “opposition in all things”. It’s how the universe works. From the familiar “yin-yang” image of black and white to the simple awareness of day and night, hot and cold, young and old, life is continually giving us the experiences we need for wholeness.

It’s up to us to accept the invitation, to awaken each morning with a joyful R.S.V.P in our hearts.

  • Yes, I will accept the invitation to live this day as fully as possible.
  • Yes, I look forward to being fully present, to sharing everything life offers me today.
  • Yes, I will share my gifts with others and invite everyone to celebrate life.

Life invites us to be who we are, to find what we love, to become a pure expression of joy and to share hope and happiness with others.

My hope is that you’ll accept this invitation and join me in celebrating each new day we’re given.