Sunday, November 11, 2012

In Observance of Veteran's Day

I share this message today in observance of Veteran's Day.  I am not a supporter of war, but I do support the men and women who choose to follow their call to protect and serve. 

An Excerpt from Once Upon A Child

I saw a little girl in the park one day.  She was with her dad who came to the fellowship service held on the first Sunday of each month outside of City Hall in the town of Worcester.  Most of the attendees reside in PIP (People in Peril) shelters.  A few of the churches in the area provide sandwiches, personal items and particularly at this time of year, soups, hats, gloves, socks and warm coats each month.  The service is held after the goods are distributed to those in need.  Most of the regular attendees stay and actively participate in the service and you get to hear some of their stories. 

I remember this one dad and his daughter.  As the dad was sharing his story, I thought, WOW, he's so articulate.  I was still more drawn in to his daughter, so I don't recall the elements of his story.  According to a Huffington Post article, "one in seven homeless people previously served in the military." 

This little girl never left her dad's side.  Almost the entire time, she was either smiling or engaged with the world around her.  There was a puppy in the park that day and she watched as my daughter went over to pet him.  I couldn't help but wonder, Where is her mother?

And then I heard her laugh.  In that moment, nothing else seemed to matter.  Her laugh sounded just like my daughter's laugh.  It was a sort of cackling sound that reaches inside of your heart and makes you smile.  In many ways, she was like my daughter.

We often allow our possessions and circumstances to be conditions for our happiness.  Yes, the warmth of a loving home does provide security and stability.  Still, through the eyes of a child, this present moment is the only thing that matters.  The message was clear. 

Be happy now.  Trust that you already have everything you need in order to change your circumstances and the means will be revealed to you.  Love, joy and peace are the true measures of success in all aspects of our lives, including our parenting.

My dear child, thank you for this message and may you have love, joy and warmth all the rest of your days.

If you have been blessed by this story, please use your life to bless another in some way. 

Love and blessings to you,

Kathleen O'Malley

Once Upon A Child: Messages from Our Children and What They Really Teach Us will be released in the Spring of 2013. 

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