We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, births, retirement, and the list goes on and on. But, what about “Celebrating YOU?” Have you ever consciously celebrated yourself and who you have become?
As I drove to my favorite restaurant, Twin Oaks, with my friend Jim, who I hadn’t seen in a few years, I turned to him and said, “I am celebrating me today.” I wasn’t quite sure what it meant but I knew deep in my spirit that there was a major shift inside of me because I felt free, peaceful, alive, happy and grateful. I wanted to feel like this every day. He smiled and said, “I can’t wait to hear about it, tell me more.”
Have you ever said to yourself, “How did I get here?” What happened to that fearful little girl who always looked outside for approval and people to love her? Today, I felt whole and complete, knowing I was one with God and that there was no seperation. As I thought about my life and what I have accomplished and overcome, I was filled with love and gratitude. What I know in the deepest part of me is that God is faithful and loves me unconditionally (and loves you unconditionally.)
Many years ago, I made a commitment to myself and God to “show up” daily for prayer and meditation. I became willing to do whatever I needed to do to heal and recover from my past traumas. I brought all of my fears to God and asked for help. Like the caterpillar that is mysteriously transformed into a beautiful butterfly, I knew in my heart that I was transformed too.
The old behaviors to survive were no longer needed and I became willing to let them go one by one. I let go of my need to control everyone and everything around me. I let go of my need to know the future and accepted “what is” and the possibilities and adventures that were awaiting me. I stopped pushing and trying to make things happen and was now willing to let my life unfold naturally and gracefully. I stopped comparing myself and looking outside for my answers. I knew that everything I needed was already inside of me.
After my divorce of 30 years 11 years ago, I remember very clearly saying to myself, “I want to live my life to the fullest.” I am living my life to the fullest, doing what I love and being the best me I can be. I am at peace, trusting the divine timing of a Divine Plan. I am spending the month of September in Hawaii on a speaking tour. I am so excited and can hardly wait to see the opportunities and adventures that God has in store for me.
Celebrate YOU today for your accomplishments and successes, especially if you are in the midst of a trial. Wherever you are on your spiritual path is where you are meant to be. I invite you to believe in yourself and love yourself. You are a magnificent child of God deserving to be loved. Let go and let God heal and love you. You are worth it.
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