J is for joy. During this holiday season, it applies to the joy we give to others. Whether one gives something that is tangible or intangible, is irrelevant if it comes from the heart and changes someone’s heart. Give joy freely.
H is for hope. No matter how hard your life may be, others may have it worse. Hope can be the great neutralizer for someone else’s misfortune. Supporting others in good times and bad may play a role which is possible for the unfortunate to survive with dignity and respect.
L is for love. “It’s not how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts,” said Mother Teresa. The first time I heard about Mother Teresa was when I began my college education. Those who read my previous posts and know something about me, may recall that I didn’t begin college until I was a single mother who had to raise and support my children alone. In a class on Critical Thinking, we had to write an essay about someone who influenced our lives. The Professor randomly selected students, and if your name was called, that person had to read their essay to the class. One student, a nurse gave a powerful speech about faith, hope, joy, and love and it was about Mother Teresa. Then she went on to talk about why this nun was so influential to people around the world. Mother Teresa was alive but I never heard of her from my Catholic education. I listened while sitting on the edge of my seat but it was the last three words, she said that I never forgot. “I am an atheist.” It was in that moment, I realized, a miracle doesn't have to be because of who you are, whether or not you were raised with a religious education or any type of education, rich or poor, mother, nurse, or even a nun, every single person on earth can do great things for others and that in itself is a miracle.
F is for faith. Every phenomenon, whether it be called faith, chance, fortune, or opportunity has a cause, also known as the principle. The principal is the beginning, the genesis of everything. For many people, everything good that has been accomplished is because of their faith. Now, I realize for some people there is no faith, joy, hope, or love, and perhaps they do succeed. But where there is joy, hope, love, and faith, religious or not, they can change the world because miracles really do exist---Patricia Feager
It wasn't until Mother Teresa died around the same time as Princess Diana that I began to fully know more and understand how this simple woman, Mother Teresa, went against everything she learned about being a nun in the convent to going out into the world, the poorest places in the world like Calcutta, and changed the world because of her joy, hope, love, and faith. She remains my great inspiration. This is my entry for the AR December Challenge for Andrea Bedard on miracles.