Saturday, April 6, 2013

Do Children Choose Their Parents?

"What do you think about the idea that children choose their parents before coming into this world," I asked my daughter.

"I think it's possible."

"How do you think you chose me to be your mom?"

"I looked into my heart and said to God, that one right there."

I laughed, then asked, "And why did you choose your dad?"

"He was so funny, I knew he would make us laugh."

In the introduction of my new book, Messages from Children and What They Can Teach Grownups, I share my belief that every child is born and adopted into the exact set of circumstances that allow them to live the dreams that have been inscribed within their heart. 

While I recognize that not every person will connect to this statement, this has been my experience and what I continuously observe in the lives of others. 

Buried within our childhood experiences are clues to our divine purpose.  Those who have been held captive are often called to help set others free.  Those who have experienced poverty are better able to understand those who struggle to meet their basic needs for love, food and shelter.  

Those who have struggled to fit in are able to recognize the loneliness in others.  Those who have endured much pain are able to recognize the pain in others; so, this is where they are best able to serve.   

Just as light is born out of darkness, the most compassionate hearts are born out of painful circumstances.  Healers often emerge out of the hurts and illnesses that are experienced in their own lives.  Messengers are often broken open so that they can heal and then spread their message of healing and hope to others. 

What is the message of your life story?  Where are you being called to serve?

Love and blessings to you,

Kathleen O'Malley

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