There was a time when I was in a state of utter despair, immersed in guilt over promises made on which I had not delivered. I went to my vocal coach, Fred Wilkerson, weeping copiously. He asked what was the matter. I responded, “I’m going crazy. I am almost at the brink of suicide.” He offered me a legal-size, lined yellow pad and a pen. He said, “Write down your blessings!” Furious that he didn’t understand my condition, I shouted, “Don’t talk nonsense, I’m telling you I am going crazy.” He said, “Write down that you could hear me say ‘write down’ and think of the millions who cannot hear the cries of their babies, or the sweet words of their beloveds, or the alarm that could help them seek safety. Write down that you can see this yellow pad and think of the millions on this planet who cannot see the smiles of their growing children or the delight in the faces of their beloveds, or the colors of the sunrise and the softness of the twilight. Write down that you know how to write. Write down that you know how to read.” Wilkie, as he was known, gave me that lesson in 1955. Fifty-five years later, I have written 31 books, essays, plays, and lyrics for songs — all on yellow pads. I remain in an attitude of gratitude.
— Maya Angelou
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In Abundance of Life, there is no loss. Ever.
25th Aug 2013
Virginia Harris, C.S.B
Oh. My. Gosh. Do you ever stop to think how many times a day the notion of ‘loss’ creeps into your thinking? This ‘notion’ can look and feel like loss of control, peace, patience, or grip…or more tangible things like job, home, money, value, opportunity, relationship, etc. Whatever the loss, the belief of it is a bottomless pit of bad news.
This kind of thinking is bad because its very basis is the fear of separation from good, the abundant good that is the permanent and everlasting gift from God, the divine Life of daily life.
Sure, in the living of life there feels like pressures and complications that challenge the harmony and peace everyone yearns for, but these challenges don’t change the spiritual fact: You are one with God and this oneness with Her goodness affirms the allness of Life. There is no separation or duality in one. So, there is no problem in your life that can separate you from the abundant goodness of Life…in fact, divine Life separates you from any problem!
What is important is to stop ruminating on “I have lost something important” and turn your focus to prayer. Affirm that you have an inseparable relationship with your Father-Mother God and that your inheritance can only be good…and be grateful for this. When this gratitude feels more real, more complete and present to you than any fear of loss or separation from good, then positive, productive ideas will appear that are unencumbered by any loss. These angel-ideas, God’s thoughts, move you forward out of darkness, and your actual experience will express your inheritance of good without interruption.
Here are some common disguises of the fear of separation from the abundance of good…and a few ideas to remove the disguise:
1. “I had something of value – a job, a relationship, savings – then it was lost or taken away.”
There is no loss. You are not a victim – or loser – of any kind of loss. You are never forsaken or forgotten by God, divine Love, and Her angels are ministering hope, not defeat, and expectation of good.
2. “This isn’t great, but I have to be satisfied with it.”
There is no less. Does Father-Mother Love create a universe of abundance and then make Her beloved child ‘less than able,’ ‘less than deserved,’ ‘less than prepared,’ less than the best to partake of it? No, you are able, you are deserved, you are prepared to partake of all good!
3. “I need it, but I won’t get it.”
There is no lack. When you persistently and insistently pray to see and feel the abundance of God’s goodness and blessing for you, then you know without a doubt you have all that is rightfully yours right now…and whatever you think you need evaporates. The situation, as a result, will change for the better.
4. “There is only so much to go around – I can only expect a small piece of it.”
There is no limit. The universe, created by God, is unlimited good!There is enough from All for all, regardless of the circumstance. God has enabled and equipped you to partake of this allness…you are never limited in being and doing good. In fact, the more good you do for yourself and others, the more good you experience.
In your daily life – the individual expression of abundant Life – there can be no separation from the good God gives. In this life there is no loss, no less, no lack, no limit. Ever.