Tuesday, August 12, 2014

We are not alone

While it’s true that no one can change your life but you (and God), and the choices you make are ultimately yours alone, it is so important to realize that you are not alone on this journey. Most of us carry some residual (perceived or very real) pain, doubt, fear, and heartache deep within and often try to mask it with food, alcohol, drugs, or other forms of addictive behavior…..but your life doesn’t have to be that way. Those things are only temporary solutions to make us forget and ultimately only make things worse. Be strong and remember that ‘we are all on this together” and even more important than that, “God will never leave your or forsake you.”

 Even those who appear to “have it all together” or whom the world defines as “successful” often feel isolated and alone and carry pain deep within.  My heart is sad today at the news of the death of Robin Williams, a man who appeared, by the world’s standards, to have achieved great success. Peace that passes all understanding, a merry heart, and the belief….deep down, without a doubt faith….that we are not on this journey alone are blessings that we often take for granted.  Be assured, my friends, that we are all in this together.  In the end, our fame, fortune, weight, beauty, or possessions do not define us, nor do they give us peace; our worth and value to this world come from within.  Fill your mind with thoughts of compassion, kindness, and love today, and above all else, be grateful for the blessings of this day. Gratitude will change your thoughts, which in turn will help you to make the choices that will ultimately change your life and the lives of those around you.