Do everything with love.
It is always a choice, and one that must be made again and again. Others may not notice. If they do, they may think that the choice to love, to be patient, to forgive, was easy–easier than battling, easier than fighting. It is true that it gets easier. But choosing to love is the path of heroes, not the path of least resistance.
Who we are is expressed in every single thing we do, in each moment of the night and day. So often we forget who we are and instead react to what is around us–we meet impatience with impatience, anger with anger, rather than letting our true natures shine through.
Think of a sunflower–no matter what is going on around it, a sunflower takes in sunlight and water and turns it into beauty. It does not bloom for some and not for others. It shares what it is with everyone. Be like a flower, spreading love and light–even to those who might not deserve it. You will feel better, they will feel better, and moment by moment the world will grow in beauty and light.
Do you know someone like this? My mother is my sunflower–warm and sunny even on a cloudy day. You can be this way, too. Just keep turning towards the light, the way a flower follows the sun. See the clouds as an opportunity to shine, rather than an excuse to despair. Act always from your true nature, your beauty, your kindness, your truth, and watch love grow around you.
Happy Birthday, Mom, and thank you for being a beacon of light in my life. I love you.