Today is January 6th and I hope all of you are in good spirits and looking forward to the coming year.
There is an unabiding law of the Universe: you will get out of it what you put into it. This is a life lesson I have observed over and over again, both as a participant and as an observer. With no problem at all, I could write a book thick with examples.
If you are a source of love, hope, and kindness and project this into the universe, then it will come back to you many times over. Don't set conditions when you give of yourself and let it come from a place of authenticity. Welcome everyone to come along for the ride regardless of race, creed, national origin, familial status, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation, with no exceptions and no expectations.
Out there in the world right now, there is somebody who rightfully should be heard and wants or needs the companionship of a good friend. There is a child who wants to toss the football around out on the street, if only for a few minutes before it's too dark. A senior citizen who lost his or her soulmate and wants you to know what made their marriage so special. There's a college graduate that needs to know how to type up a decent resume to land their first job. How about the local pet shelter that needs a few pounds of dog and cat food? Or stealthily buy a stranger dinner in a restaurant but don't tell them. Exhaust yourself thinking of ways to reach out and pay it forward.
If you are sincere in this giving, then you will be the recipient of the gift of love, hope, and kindness all through your life, particularly when you least expect it or if you are going through a tough time. Sometimes it will be hard to see tangible proof of this and it won't necessarily happen on your timetable. You might not even become aware of it until you take a long, retrospective look at your life. But it will happen and you will receive orders of magnitude more than what you invested, often in ways unimaginable to you.
It is simply no greater mystery than this -- always try be a good person, to yourself and to others. Always. Just do your best. When you stumble and fall (and you will), get back up and keep moving forward. When other people won't join you in the journey (and there will be), that's ok because you'll keep moving forward with compassion, with faith, with your values. Try to pair up with those like-minded souls who appreciate the light while avoiding and loving from a distance those who gravitate towards darkness. Life is far too short to have departed this planet without having done your utmost to make your full, unique contribution to humanity. Time is wasting.