Upon receiving a “God Bless You” wish, I thought “He always does.” Those of you who know me well, know that I’m not a particularly religious person. I do, however, believe that a higher power exists. I’m just less certain about what form that higher power takes than is espoused in major religions. I digress.
Regardless of whether you believe that higher power to be God, a spiritual nature or that the universe is an energy and essence in and of itself, the feeling of being blessed is common to all of these forms of belief. What isn’t so common is an awareness that we continuously live in a state of blessedness.
Meaning of blessed
I fear that too many of us only feel blessed when “good things” happen. To me, nothing could be further from the truth. For even in trying times, times of ill health, financial struggles, strained relations, we experience the love, support and encouragement of others. These are blessings. We too often overlook them as we focus on the challenges we face.
Another example of being blessed in trying times is when we’re struggling to achieve what we desire. Generally we make frequent mistakes during these quests, yet it’s through the lessons learned from these mistakes that we accelerate the attainment of what we desire.
It’s in the face of the inevitable challenges, struggles and heartaches we experience that we experience empathy, love, generosity and the support and encouragement of others. This is what it means to be blessed. It’s this human connection of compassion, caring, concern and support of those in need that makes life worth living…that makes us aware that we are truly blessed regardless of the situation we’re facing.
The next time someone says “God Bless You,” smile as you recall that you are already and always blessed. Life becomes much easier, the challenges you face less daunting, when you realize that regardless of what you’re facing, you are blessed.
For our kids
Live the message. When your kids see you living joyfully…even in times of adversity…it will encourage them to do so as well. Kids mimic the behavior of the adults in their lives.
As they get to the ages of 8 to 10, you can reinforce what you’re living by sharing this message with them. They’ll be old enough to understand and their minds open enough to embrace what you’re telling them.
Is there any greater gift that you can give the kids in your life, than the tools to live joyfully?
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Dale, WOW! What a powerful message. If we could all remember these words life would be a lot more joyful.
It certainly has made my life more so. Thanks for sharing Bill.