Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Life Well-Lived

Do not give your life away to your childhood hurts.  Share your story with at least one other person and trust that the right teachers will appear to guide you in your healing.  Your past will always be a part of you, but it does not define who you are. 

Do not give your life away to what “ifs.”  What if I fail? Or “What if things don’t go as planned?”  It takes great strength to venture out of your comfort zone.  It takes even greater strength to try again after facing adversity or repeated disappointments.  But do remember, with God, all things are possible. 

Do not give your life away to regret.  Replace the “I should have” or “I could have” with "I did my very best with what I had."

Do not give your life away to fear.  There is much uncertainty; Yet each day holds the opportunity for happiness and the possibility of a miracle.  If your main focus is what lies ahead, then you may miss the beauty and joy in what is happening right now.  

Do not give your life away to your children.  Give them unconditional love and support and help them to find their own way.  If unexpected circumstances cause them to be more dependent on you, ask for help and guidance in meeting their needs.  Recognize the importance of your needs as well.  If you take the time to rejuvenate, then there is much more of you to give. 

Do not give your life away to your parents.  Live your dream, not theirs; Be always respectful.  When they are less able to care for themselves, give of yourself what you can, when you can.  But, let go of the guilt, when you can’t.  You cannot be all things, to all people, all of the time.

Do not give your life away to tragic events.  Turn to, not away from those who love you and want to support you.  It is important to grieve, but the burden of pain is so much greater when you try to carry it alone.

Do not give your life away to others deemed less fortunate.  Instead, look for opportunities to truly serve them, for we are all one.  They may give to you more than you could ever give to them.
Do not give your life away, for one day
your physical body will bid this world farewell.
The real tragedy would be…
if you did not live.

Love to everyone,

-Kathleen O’Malley, DC

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