My dear friends, we love you so very much.
As you approach the final weeks of winter it is a time for tilling the soil of your soul. It is a time to look at your life and say, "Which parts of my life support the person I want to be? Which parts of my life support the life I want to live? Which behaviors are consistent with my hearts desires and which are not?" "Am I speaking in a way that is consistent with the life I wish to live? Am I acting in a way which exhibits faith in my dreams?" Look at these things dear ones. Take the time to observe yourselves and ask whether or not the life you are living now is one which supports the person you wish to be.
So many of you want more freedom for example, and yet when you get an hour to yourselves you become stressed about what you should do with it. Instead luxuriate in the time. Pick up a book and read. Take the time to tidy up a drawer you have been wanting to organize. Call a friend you have been meaning to talk to. Allow yourselves joy right now. Don't wait for tomorrow. Many of you put off decisions hoping for change in the future and yet you sacrifice your happiness in the moment. "I'll go on vacation when I meet someone," for example. Why not go on vacation now? "I'll take better care of myself when the kids are grown." Start taking care of yourselves now." I'll get a car that works better when I have more money." Why not start praying for a better car now? God can work miracles in your lives if you live and acknowledge your heart in each moment.
Dear ones, life happens moment by moment. Choose happiness now. Choose to live as you wish to in the future, now. We are not talking about buying up all the material things you hope to have some day. We are not talking about bankrupting yourself spending on the vacations you hope to have in the future. We are not saying you must change your life in large ways, but rather start to bring the energy, the thoughts, the words, and the deeds that you hope to have in the future, into your life now. Start to speak and act as if you are abundant. Be gracious. Start to speak and act as if you are loved beyond reason (for indeed you are). Be loving. Start to speak and act as if you are interested in life and others, for this interest and conversation will open doorways to more opportunity.
Be the person you want to be right now dear ones. Examine your thoughts, words, and deeds, and in so doing you are tilling the soil of your soil, preparing for new seeds to be planted, new opportunities to come your way, and a new harvest of happiness as you move forward throughout your lives.
God bless you! We love you so very much.
-- The Angels
Message from Ann
Years ago when I went to Peru I was struck by how happy the beautiful villagers looked in spite of seemingly dire circumstances. In remote villages where poverty was widespread, where people walked 5 to 7 miles a day into town, carrying their baby lamas in a little poncho on their back, their arms laden with vegetables for their market stalls, everyone seemed to be smiling. I'll never forget being profoundly embarrassed when one of the men on our tour started complaining loudly that the hotel didn't have the hot water that was advertised. "Sure it did," the hotel keeper told him. The hot water worked in room 3! You have to share." The gentleman on our tour didn't get it. He walked off in a huff. The rest of us took turns showering in Room 3.
Happiness is not always about having everything you want. Happiness is about celebrating what you do have. And you can always find the smallest things to be grateful for. I am a very grateful person. I get up thanking God each day for my bed, my remaining sweet dog Lucy, the good people in my life, running water, warm water, the ability to walk and breathe easily. You name it, I have a long list of things I do not take for granted after seeing what others have gone through. I sponsor a kid in Africa. His family is doing well. They are a half kilometer from a pump and have a mud house with a tin roof... very lucky indeed for their area. It puts everything in perspective.
So while we all have our challenges in life, and while we all go through times when things just aren't the way we wish, it is important to seek out happiness because happiness comes from a grateful heart, and from a heart that can see God's love and miracles in the tiniest things around them. When I look at a lady bug I see the wonder of God's creation. When I see the dew sparkling on the grass in the morning sun, it is more wonderful than diamonds. When I smear my face with honey it is just as lovely a feeling as a facial at a high end spa. When I see the smile on a child, I see God looking through their eyes. You can find a sense of wonder everywhere you look if you open your eyes to see.
Seek happiness in every circumstance you find yourself. Look around and find something to be delighted by, or something to marvel at. We take so much for granted, and yet so many little things can be cause for joy, and reasons for gratitude. Happiness resides within you as does disappointment. Joy and sorrow co-exist in your heart and mind too. The angels say all we have to do is choose where we place our focus.
Those so-called "poor" people in Peru were far richer in joy than many well-to-do folks over here that I have since met. Their smiles showed their gratitude for life and for the simple things. One room with hot water! What a luxury! Truly we can all find reasons to be happy right now. I think I'll go wash my face with some hot water, smear honey all over it for a nice skin-softening facial and thank God for a feeling greater than all the wealth in the world.
Have a very happy week!
Love and hugs,