She said, “May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you . May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.”
Close your eyes for a moment and imagine a world that reflects St. Therese’s words. Can you see it? Can you see yourself living in a world that honors you as exactly who you are — a world that allows “your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love?”
Keep your eyes closed and experience this place. As your mind embraces the beauty and wonder of a world of light and love rather than a world of darkness and hate, your body begins to experience a lightness that it can only vaguely remember. You see yourself as the joyful child you were before the world blew holes in you and locked you in a prison of pain. Suddenly, miraculously, the fear of being “less than” and of enduring the excruciating pain that you believe the world inflicts on you because you are “less than” vanishes. You are free! The wonder of being free fills your eyes with tears of joy.
Open your eyes! The picture of the life and the world that St. Therese paints is exactly what God intended for you all along.
Freedom or fear? You have the God-given free will power to set yourself free. CHOOSE!