Today I was talking with a friend about how amazing life is and what a miracle it is that we are here...all of us. Life is our first and most precious gift. I think everyday that mine is not to be taken for granted for so many reasons but mostly because I came from a beautiful and very broken woman who had lots and lots of obstacles in this life. It's hard for me to imagine that she could consider giving life to me and four other children with her painful past and relentless drug and alcohol addiction. It was as if darkness and defeat rode around on her shoulder as constant companions. I've explained to some of my siblings that, yes, our life was chaos with tons of pain, but we are "here" against the odds - rejoice in every second of this life! Every minute that we are alive is an opportunity to give back, which brings me to something I wrote in my book ---
"The Art of Giving" :
I believe that life is the first and best gift we receive. My parents taught me that. The awareness of that gift creates gratitude, and gratitude is reflected in giving. We all have something to contribute or share-the amount depends on your perception of abundance. the act of giving creates abundance in return, and I believe that is a universal law; not to mention it just plain makes you happy.
Happiness is an art; a feat unto itself, but giving helps to contribute to happiness. One of my father's favorite sayings was: "A poor man shames us all. Do you like my song? I'll sing it for you!" A generous spirit is contagious and breeds more generosity. If you doubt it, start giving and see what happens.
After reading this book, I sincerely hope you come away empowered to follow your heart and find your inner artist. Have and open mind for what is beautiful to you and tap into that inner voice. When you stop listening to the external voices and listen to what resonates inside of you, then you are really on the path to creating a beautiful space. When you approach things from that perspective, staying true to yourself and the things you love, you never go wrong. Whether or not something is beautiful is completely up to you. If you don't like it, do it over . . . and remember to have fun in the process!
"Thank you Mother for being so unselfish and giving me this amazing, amazing opportunity. I love you."
"Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough."
- Emily Dickenson