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Guest Blog from musical rock star Carla Lynne Hall
This blog was requested by Rev. Gaylon McDowell, based on the word: Beatitude.
Are you pursuing freedom? Love? Peace? Doing all you can to be happy?
The word Beatitude comes from the Latin term meaning happiness.
It is a state of joy. When you research Jesus’ use of them, it’s indicated that he speaks of the condition of the listener, and what would result from that condition.
Each statement is structured: “Blessed are the… for they will…”
There it is. Your state of being determines your result. Not what you do but who you are.
Why chase something you already have?
I’ve seen the word written “be-attitude”. That’s the key. That’s where your connection to happiness lies. No matter what your condition, if you remain confident that who you are is enough, the result will show the grace of the Divine.
Happiness needs no doing. It is your being.
When I was a little girl, my grandmother had a little trivet that I loved to look at while I waited for her to cut my grapefruit half and put sugar on it. I memorized the words even when I had no idea what they meant because I liked the butterfly on it.
It said this: “Happiness is like a butterfly, which when pursued is always just beyond your grasp, but if you sit quietly, will alight upon you.”
I’m committed to establishing a sense of balance in my life. I looked at my mobile phone and noticed there were a lot of business apps.
My friends play with Fruits, Candy and Zombies in their downtime, so I figured Solitaire couldn’t hurt. I added it to my phone and started it up.
This was the first thing I saw:
How interesting. I get to choose what kind of deal I get. Of course, I chose “Winning Deal” and went all in.
I have never played with such abandon. I tried out new things, made interesting patterns with my cards, and when I missed a chance to finish out a pile, I didn’t care because I knew it didn’t matter to the outcome.
What if you played your life like that?
You have already been given a winning deal. You are the source of your success.
So what if you played all out, had fun making mistakes, and knew– in your heart of hearts– that it didn’t matter to the outcome?
It never has.
What happens is that we believe in other kinds of “deals”, like the ones above. And what you believe will show up in your life. I’m going for the winning deal, and I’m going to play full out.
Play your life all out because it doesn’t matter to the outcome. In fact, it makes the outcome better.
What would you do if you knew you had a winning deal?
I’m traveling… and this is why.