Friday, December 24, 2004

Book Excerpt: Everything has a lesson

Excerpt from my book: Reach for the Stars

To love abundantly is to live abundantly, and to love forever is to live forever.

Henry Drummond

Everything has a lesson

In ancient Egypt, people were very concerned about entering the after life. One test to see if a person was worthy to be reborn, was that the heart was weighed against a feather. If the heart was lighter than the feather, the person was granted entry into the after life. If it was not, the person was eaten by the God of death. Thus we have the origination of the term “Light Hearted.”

My Family roots are in Ohio. My aunt, who is now in her sixties, married and moved out west some forty years ago. She came to visit recently. We offered to take her back to her hometown of Urbana to visit old friends. She adamantly refused. After some prodding, we discovered that her reluctance was due to her worry that they would see that she had “become old and fat.” That evening, I was checking my E-mail, and received this yummy quote from a friend:

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the
intention of arriving safely in an attractive and
well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways,
champagne in one hand - strawberries in the other,
body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and
screaming WOO HOO - What a Ride!"

I printed it off, and set it on the table for my aunt to see. Apparently, she read it, because she changed her mind about Urbana, and went off to visit her old friends, and had a lovely time. She found the clue that she needed in order to lighten her heart. When she left, I became “The Whoo-Hoo Woman.” A title I carry to this day.

The lesson here is that whatever we need will manifest itself at just the right moment. We simply have to open our eyes and see it.

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