Messages from the Heart

“It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.” 

John Joseph Powell, The Secret of Staying in Love

Last Monday I listened to Marianne Williamson on Oprah’s Soul Sunday podcast while I worked in the yard. In this interview, Oprah referenced Marianne’s book, A Return To Love, stating this book had changed her life. Interesting, I thought, this is a strong endorsement coming from Oprah. I’d had this book at one time, tucked on the shelf waiting for the day when I “had the time” to read it.


Okay, I said to myself, you’ve worked hard today, here’s your reward–just like the kid I still am inside, I always promise myself some type of reward when a task is complete. My reward this day–head to Goodwill and check out what type of books are on their wall of used books. I thought the odds of finding this book was slim to none, but I wanted to know what was there.

I shared the little aisle between used furniture and sporting equipment with another woman who had obviously been there before. She had her shopping method down right down to a great sized book bag and clothes that were chosen for ease of the up and down movements we were both making. I was surprised at the variety of books I found–chemistry and nursing texts, accounting, cookbooks, very old children’s books, new paperbacks, and tucked away on a lower level shelf halfway down that wall of books was the very book I wanted.

You’ve GOT to be kidding me–it’s in perfect condition. I grabbed it and added it to my little stack. Man, I thought, next time I need to bring a bag along with easier fitting clothes!

I found this inscription yesterday as I sat down with my treasure–a true treasure, indeed. What had initially made me so sad gave me a true AH-HA moment when I realized the real reason for my melancholy.

This little inscription reminded me of all those books I had to leave behind. This powerful book, with its message of love and miracles, was tugging at some old injuries–reminding me in a very unique way I still had work to do.

“One thing: you have to walk, and create the way by your walking; you will not find a ready-made path. It is not so cheap, to reach to the ultimate realization of truth. You will have to create the path by walking yourself; the path is not ready-made, lying there and waiting for you. It is just like the sky: the birds fly, but they don’t leave any footprints. You cannot follow them; there are no footprints left behind.” 



I am…

B…simply being…

God bless.


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