The effects of kindness are not always seen immediately. Sometimes it takes years until your kindness will pay off and is returned to you. And sometimes you never see the fruits of your labors, but they are there, deep inside of the soul of the one you touched.
~Dan Kelly, Canadian-born sportscaster
In a society that demands instant gratification, we may often want to see the fruits of our labor now. When we labor in kindness, however, in reality, we may never know how we have touched another for some time to come. We live our life day by day doing our best, reaching out to assist others, and acting out of a kind and generous heart. If we act purely because we intend to receive in kind, we will be disappointed when our expectations are not immediately met. However, when we plant the seeds of kindness in all that we do, we may never know the true impact that we can have on the life of another. While it could be years from now that we discover how we touched the soul of another, the seeds are planted, and they will grow. Rest assured that kindness pays off in so many ways, big and small. When we think about it, we will be surprised by just how our good deeds affect our world. If we live by the Golden Rule, doing unto others as we would want them to do unto us, and practice kindness as part of our everyday life, then the positive thoughts and energy that we are putting out there in service to kindness will be enough for now and the future.
Magical Key to Bliss: Plant the seeds of kindness, and let that expression of love be your reward.
It has been four years- my book is complete and I’m waiting for the final copy! It has been quite a journey and I am looking forward to what comes next- I found this piece I wrote after my mother died and I can hardly believe that’s how I felt- life is a funny thing- I am grateful for it all but especially the lessons learned as I moved forward. Wanted to take this moment to share where I was and how appreciative I am for where I am now! Blessed with my angel and the love that surrounds me! May my story give hope to another who is struggling right now is what I ask – because there is always light at the end of the tunnel – you just have to keep moving forward until you get a glimpse – I feel my wings and this butterfly is ready to fly! Join me!!!
Nothing happens until you decide.
~Dr. Stanley Turecki, American psychiatrist and expert in adolescent psychiatry
Running, running, running. Getting caught up in a pace in which you are not able to catch your breath. At some point, you will decide to sit and ponder what you really want from this life. Time can fly by so quickly. In the blink of an eye, your todays become yesterdays. And when you look up, even your tomorrows are a thing of the past. Stop, stop, stop. Now is the right time to really enjoy your journey and live intentionally. There is fun to be had. There is life to be lived. There is joy to be discovered around each corner. Every moment from this point on is yours to do with as you like, so decide what it will be. You must believe in your dreams, your potential, and your excellence to the extent that you are bubbling over with enthusiasm. Decide to invest in moments to listen to your creative spirit so that it can grow. Stop in your tracks, slow down your pace, and figure out what makes life worth living for you. For nothing great happens until you decide to be great. Nothing amazing happens until you make the decision to vibrate your energy in a positive way. Nothing really makes sense until you start to make those choices that just feel right. And nothing happens until you decide to make it happen.
Magical Key to Bliss: Decide to make this journey your life’s greatest achievement.
But you have to do what you dream of doing even while you are afraid.
~Arianna Huffington, Greek-American author and cofounder of The Huffington Post
Each one of us contributes to the beautiful fabric of this world. Each one of us brings our own beautiful music to add to the incredible symphony of life. And each one of us is important and necessary for the world to wonderfully go around. It is an incredible act of service to move forward in life boldly answering our call even while we are afraid. It is even a greater act of service to support one another along the way. We all need one another to share our gifts so we can all shine brighter doing whatever we choose to do. We all need one another to help move us past our fears to bring what we dream into the world. And we all need one another to offer love and assistance as we strive toward our goals, for when we all do what we dream of doing, we all win. We must act in a way that inspires others to rise to their own grandeur. We must act in a way that honors our soul. And in both regards, we must do that so well!
Magical Key to Bliss: Choose to do your thing and support others so well.
We ought not be content with being hearers, but doers.
~Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, S. J. (Society of Jesus), Roman Catholic saint
Hear the messages and act. You have come to this journey with a purpose to serve through action. From the very beginning, you receive messages that reveal clues to help you uncover the mystery of what that purpose is. Someone you meet conveys important information that will help you to help others; do you act? Something you encounter inspires you to believe that you have hidden potential; do you trust in the inspiration? Somewhere you travel has you seeing the world from a different perspective that opens your mind; do you heed the call? Hear the messages and act. You have come to this journey with a purpose to serve through action. From now until the very end, someone, something, or someplace will be introduced to you to help you move forward in your life so that you can be of service to the world. You can be a hearer or a doer; it is up to you. If you are a hearer only, then you are not doing your part and are missing out on the whole point of your existence. If you choose to be a doer, you will follow the inspiration to act on it in a positive, uplifting, and loving manner, and the mystery will unfold, enlightening you to serve exactly in the way that you are meant to.
Magical Key to Bliss: Hear the messages and choose to act so that your purpose unfolds.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
~Mahatma Ghandi, Indian leader and peace activist
Service is important to the world as a whole. Many people think service is defined in one way only, but that is not the case. You are blessed with many talents that run the gamut, from the ability to speak well in front of others to the ability to write well, to be compassionate, and to give your time to a worthy cause. No one talent is any more profound or powerful than another. It does not matter where you serve using these talents, be it at work, in your spiritual community, or at the bus stop—it only matters that you do serve in both big and small ways. You can serve another by sharing a smile, lending an ear, or organizing an event to raise money or awareness. If you share the gifts you were blessed with, you not only do a profound service for others, but you also are serving yourself because that is where you find your own greatness. Share your life or experiences with another through service, and see the good feelings multiply. Especially when you feel lost, if you serve others, you find the reason you are here in the first place!
Magical Key to Bliss: Be of great service today!
In October, choose to focus on love, not fear. Turn off the messages that no longer serve your spirit, and get empowered to turn on “I am” statements that positively uplift your soul. To be the change in a world that so desperately needs it, instead of focusing on what is wrong, get empowered by stating, “I am what is right,” and be in service to that sentiment. For in October, with The Magical Guide to Bliss by your side, we set out to serve, and with these wonderful acts, we will await the surprises that are sure to come our way.
In October, with an ability to come to the aid of others individually or through organizations and networks that provide assistance, we are able to serve one another for the greater good and at the same time receive amazing energetic vibes to take us through our days. As we celebrate the month of October, let’s keep in mind that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and set out to empower our lives in service to community. There are so many ways to serve; in October, venture out to find one that resonates with you.
A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love.
~Stendhal, born Marie-Henri Beyle, nineteenth-century French writer
When you give birth to something that you are passionate about and let it go out into the world, your hope is that it will be protected and nurtured. When you put it out there, the control over what happens to it is gone, and that is where trust and faith come into play. If you keep your creation to yourself, it can never expand further, but if you release your baby into the world, there is great possibility that it will thrive. You have to trust that this “something” has a greater purpose; there must be a reason it was conceived. With faith, when you let it go, there is the hope that it will be received in a way that honors its essence. So much so that others will step in and care for it and love it as much as you do. Your “something” will touch and inspire others to tap into their own fountain of creativity that may lie dormant. Your “something” will spark others into action to make the world a better place. Your “something” will be cause for a tremendous celebration of life—a celebration that liberates the spirit to break down imaginary walls, separating heaven and earth so that mere mortals get a glimpse of how magical we are. So release the potential that has been entrusted to you, nurture it, and then let it go to be shared with the masses. Bring hope to a world where your “something” can light it up and cause a rebirth of love.
Magical Key to Bliss: Release your sweet “something” for love to be born again!
People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.
~George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright and cofounder of the London School of Economics
You have had enough and are ready to live your own life. Break free of the ties that bind, and set out on the journey that is worthy of you. You have dreams, you have passions, and you have the tools to make it all happen. You have hopes, you have desires, and you have great plans. You are sweetly inspired and never too old to start today to plant the seeds for your dreams to come true. Tell those who cast doubt on you to move aside; enough, this is your time. There is no guarantee of how much time you have, so why waste a moment of it? There is nothing holding you back but you. If you want to write, then write. If you want to dance, then dance. If you want to live a healthier life; take the first step and move. If you want to sing, then turn the radio on and go to it. If you want to serve the world, then start to serve with honor and love, and respect your purpose here on earth. People will see the way you live and be inspired to do the same, and the joy will be infectious. Take your own inventory, set out your heart’s desires, believe in yourself, and live your life already. When you look into the mirror, you will know that the only one whose opinion really matters is your own. When you start to say “enough” and ignore both the naysayers and your own depleting thoughts, you empower yourself, and there is no end to what you can accomplish.
Magical Key to Bliss: Scream out, “Enough, basta cosi”; live your life already!