Children are a gift from God

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I recently read this on Facebook. Steve Jobs died a billionaire, with a fortune of $7 billion, at the age of 56 from pancreatic cancer, and here are some of his last words.

“In other eyes, my life is the essence of success, but aside from work, I have little joy.  At this moment, lying on the bed, sick and remembering all my life, I realize that all my recognition and wealth that I have is meaningless in the face of imminent death.  One can find material things, but there is one thing that cannot be found when it is lost – “LIFE.” Treat yourself well, and cherish others. Your true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world.

Have you ever thought of success as people having great careers, living in big homes and making a lot of money? I don’t believe success is fame, wealth, degrees or how many books a person has written. Of course, it’s great to be accomplished, but if you don’t LOVE and feel LOVE in your heart, none of it matters.  

As Steve Jobs said, true happiness and success doesn’t come from material things of the world. Money cannot buy happiness. Happiness is an inside job and you can be wealthy and happy if LOVE is in your heart.

I shared in last week’s blog about finding the book called, “Lessons in Love” at the estate sale for my neighbor.  I was quite delighted when I opened the first page of the book and read the following:

                           You know you are a success if your children love you

“The enormous love parents have for their children can only be felt in their actions to them throughout their lives. Children’s love for their parents is God’s ultimate gift to parents, and it comes about because the precious heavenly gifts He gave them were highly valued and well-cared for on earth.”

I have never thought of this before, but it sure made a lot of sense. I feel very blessed and grateful because I know, without a doubt, my children love me by the way they support, respect and honor me in so many ways. They are each special in their own way and show their love in so many ways.

 Whether you have children or not, you have friends and family that love you and you love.  You are a success if you love and are loved.

I received this beautiful necklace this week from a family member. It’s the tree of life with my 4 children and 6 grandchildren on it. I cried when I opened it as it touched my heart very deeply. There wasn’t a card with it and I don’t know who sent it. I sent a text to my family thanking them and asking who sent it. It’s still a mystery who sent it.

During this unprecedented time in the world where there is uncertainty about the future and many people are suffering, it’s important to keep our vibration high by living in the moment and being grateful for what we have, rather than what’s missing.   

I encourage you to feel your feelings of loss; sadness, anger, disappointment and fear and then Let go and let God. It’s about trust and surrendering to “what is” and what’s out of our control.

We are all connected and we are all ONE. Love is the answer. I invite you to reflect on your life and ask yourself, “How well do I love and how well am I loved my family and friends?  You are a success if you love and are loved.      

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