Today my stomach has butterflies as I allow my mind to wander to the dream that I am creating into reality. Each day something else seems to line up with my intentions. What a wonderful feeling. So, here’s a song that keeps running through my head (When You Believe by Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston). Enjoy and be blessed!
Yesterday a dear friend recommended a book to me called “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg. I’m going to read it but also realized I haven’t updated my “Books to Read” list in a very long time. So … I’m taking recommendations. What book has changed your life? What book to you read again and again? What’s the top 3 books you would recommend to a friend? What books do you like to give as gifts?
Now’s your chance to influence me.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my ministries in life. No, I’m not an ordained minister, but as a human being, I believe we all have a ministry or multiple ministries. I define that as the gift that I give to the world on a consistent basis. How I uplift and heal and connect with others in ways that make life better.
I’ve long joked that one of my ministries is giving hugs. I suppose it’s not really a joke. As a highly empathetic person I can see, sense, and feel the energetic needs of the people around me. My job, as HR Manager is one of the few roles in a large company that lets me connect, truly connect, with the individuals in the organization. I always ask if someone needs/wants a hug when I sense the need. 99% of the time, people say yes. The need to connect is intense and real. I’ve had people tell me that was the first hug they’d had in months. Sad really, but I can see how it happens. And I can feel the gentle sigh when they know that there is nothing to do but receive the hug.
One of these days I just may be one of those people you see on the street with the sign that says “free hugs”. The world needs it more each and every day. Have you read the reports stating how many hugs humans need to be healthy?
“We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.”
~ Virginia Satir
So, hugs it is, as one of my ministries. Another is to help others create their own magic. Not “witch”magic but the magic that makes them unique in the world. The magic to connect. The magic to create. The magic to change the world.
What are your ministries? I’d love to know more. Be blessed!
How fun – I just got an email that my book had been promoted on twitter. I love when I get messages like that. For those of you who know me only in the cyber world, you may or may not know my story. Here’s a synopsis from AskDavid.com. If you have read my book I’d love for you to add your review on Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com (or both). If you haven’t read my book, here’s a little bit about it.
Enjoy and be blessed!
Book: Mighty Inspiration – Love Letters from God by Barbara Miller
about her book: As a young girl growing up in an orphanage, there were very few things that I knew I could count on. One was my ability to survive, in spite of the circumstances I was living through. The other was that there was a God who was always with me and always protecting me. I would talk to God as my sole companion and that was enough back then. It was really all I had to comfort my broken heart.
And now, in these times of chaos and stress, God speaks to us. He always has really. I experienced this first-hand when I was sitting on my couch and had a sudden gripping urge that I NEEDED to write a book. My only trouble was that I didn’t know what to write. However, willing to heed the calling, I sat at my computer with a blank page and the inspiration began to flow, one or two words at a time. Within 3 weeks of starting this adventure, this book was complete. It is both profound and universal in its loving message.
One connection at a time, I was led to a publishing agent, and a publishing company that were moved and inspired to publish the book. Because of the way the book created itself, I insisted that the words stand as they were and everyone agreed. Within 12 months of my first sitting at the computer, my book, MIGHTY INSPIRATION, Love Letters from God was published and available on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com. The adventure had begun!
If you wonder what your purpose is, or how you can make a difference in your life or any other life, this book will provide you with insights. You can access your gift of creative power to impact every aspect of your life. Be open to the love of God and to the love that you can create and you will see that it makes all the difference in the world. Enter into a new phase of thinking and being and you and others will be blessed!
Since writing this book, I have heard wonderful accounts of how it has affected the lives of my readers. With kind and positive words from every walk of life I am encouraged that this message really is for everyone – believers and those who are on a questioning journey. If you have questions about your life and your purpose, this book can help you. And as I blog and correspond with people from over 100 countries, I find that the message is universally relevant and uplifting. My readers frequently give the book as a gift to those they love and care about.
In appreciate for the blessings that this book has given to my life, I donate 50% of my proceeds to charity. In this way, the blessings swirl and grow, just as talked about in the book.
I would love to hear your story and your reaction to this book. In addition, I am available to speak your group or organization as a motivational/inspirational speaker. Telling my story and spreading the love that God has for the world is a privilege and an outcome of my writing experience.
This week on FB I saw a great little video of Maria Shriver describing what she received from her mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver (yes, of the US Presidential Kennedys). She was talking about the great work her mother did to bring children with disabilities into their home and how the work eventually led to the beginning of the Special Olympics. The picture on the right is Eunice cheering on “her kids” as they competed and played. I never knew the origins of the Special Olympics and I was impressed to hear of the story. Maria went on to talk about something her mother used to tell her all that time that has stuck with her and encouraged her.
“You can, you must, you will! Now go do it!”
~ Eunice Kennedy Shriver
I was struck but the simplicity of the encouragement and even the enthusiasm of the “command”. That line was a gift to Maria that she never forgets. And now, it is a line that I shall not forget.
You see, I am in the middle of an awakening of a vision for work that I have been called to do in the world. The vision was given, without direction, about 15 years ago. The seed was planted and I knew it then, but had no idea yet what the vision really meant. Since then I’ve had confirmations and nudging dreams which have kept the vision alive, but quiet in my mind. And now, last week I had another vision – one that has urging and purpose and a picture. One that I can now wrap my head around. It’s too early to tell the world about it, but it has already begun to urge me to action. In a flash, a prayer was answered. In a moment, a purpose was set, and consequently a passion has been lit in my heart. In the days since, my mind has played the doubting game as to my ability to bring my vision to life. But I will not listen to my doubting mind. I will follow my heart to create my vision. It is the passionate heart that has created all good and wonderful things in this world. And that is why Eunice’s words struck me.
As we go into this weekend of celebrating Mother’s Day here in the US, I think of my mother the way Maria thinks of hers – with love and a positive gratefulness. I am thankful for so many things about my Mom. I am thankful that she had an open heart for a little raggedy girl in the orphanage. I am thankful that she persevered through the emotional baggage that came hand-in-hand with adopting me and that she was strong enough to raise me with love and integrity of her upbringing. I am thankful that she has given me the gift of believing that I can be and do whatever I put my mind to.
I am also thankful that I have been blessed to be a mother. My kids, Tony & Maria, are the joy of my heart. They are embarking on their journeys of adulthood as they are both engaged. Soon they will broaden my joy with families of their own. I am mindful that my role as mother is changing from disciplinarian and teacher to one of friend, confidante, and encourager. I am blessed and thankful that they are healthy and happy and on their way.
As a side note, this year, I am thankful that I have forgiven and released my birth mother. For that reason alone I nod my head in her direction in spirit to acknowledge that the life lesson is learned and I am whole again.
And I acknowledge and appreciate Eunice Kennedy Shriver, for adding a little bit more inspiration into my heart. To prod me into the conviction that I can … I must … and I will!
If you are a mother – may you have a loving and blessed Mother’s Day on Sunday. For all others – remember your Mom! Appreciate the good. Release the rest. And be blessed!
April’s Comments for a Cause – Guide Dogs of America was a sweet charity that brings both joy and assistance to those who need a guide. I hope that you will click on the link (name) above and check them out. We sometimes forget that these service dogs work so hard and those that train them are bringing a loving service into our world. Kudos to them and I’ve made my donation.
May’s Comment for a Cause Charity: CINCINNATI CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
This cause holds a dear spot in my heart. Both of my children found themselves needing the assistance of this hospital throughout their growing years, and I know that they saved the lives of both of my children at critical and emergent times. I am forever grateful for the service that this organization brings to children in every family I know. They care for our greatest treasure, our children, during times of injury, critical illness, mental illness, and so much more. They are located in multiple locations throughout Cincinnati.
I feel honored to have been associated with them before being a member of their Kindervelt volunteer organization when my children were young, and volunteering in their gift shop for several years when transitioning from part-time to full time work. I saw first hand the hearts of those that work there – their care is so evident when you watch them interact with the children, and also the loving compassion they give the families.
Even if this is not your local children’s hospital, I hope that you will leave a comment, and share this blog for additional comments, on behalf of every child in every hospital.
I am blessed to call out Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for my May charity. Leave a note – it’s free for you and my donation (per comment) is fulfilling for me. Be blessed!