27 March 2011

I wish you the ability and the openness to learn always, all through life.  We are fortunate to be a part of a world that is full of lessons, minute after minute, day after day, and if we can learn from these lessons, we can become people of love and hope and peace.  As long as we always remember that there is much to learn and that we cannot predict who will be our most important teachers, we will continue to learn.

May you always find the important lessons that are in each occurrence in our lives, the lessons that help us to grow into the people we were meant to be.  Nothing happens to us or with us that doesn't have some sort of lesson to take from it, even if that lesson is sometimes just reassurance that we're moving in the right direction.  Many people choose to ignore the lessons, feeling that they already know what they need to know, or they don't even see them to begin with, for their eyes and minds and hearts are closed to growth and change.

I wish you the willingness to change, for many of life's lessons call on us to change a way of doing or thinking that we've been holding on to for a very long time, and that may be more destructive to us than helpful.  Learning is not very useful if we don't allow the lessons to have an effect on us, and we can allow that to happen only if we're open to the possibility that a change is necessary.  How often have we seen people who have held on to their way of doing things even when it's very clear to us that they're hurting themselves and others by doing so?  Just having the willingness to consider change is one of the greatest blessings that I can wish you.

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