2 New Hugs (1 new church friend, 1 employee at PetSmart)
Yesterday I was very moved by the sermon our minister gave at church. He stood before us humbled by the outpouring of love he received on his 10th anniversary at our church. He confessed that he didn’t know why it was him that was standing before us sharing things that we all already know. He then joked about how it certainly wasn’t because he spoke like a preacher at home. I laughed but also began to tear up a little because that is exactly how I feel when I hear I have inspired you. There have been times when I felt like a fraud and hearing him joke about how he doesn’t ALWAYS talk like a preacher made me realize that I am not a fraud just because I don’t go around talking like I write. (could you imagine?) They are just different pieces of what make me who I am. When I told hubby how emotional I got at church he said to me, “Your preacher at this moment doesn’t inspire me. You at this moment are not particularly inspiring.” (thanks hubby.) He then went on to add that it is when we are in our element that we become inspiring to others. (ok, you are redeemed)
I have a quote on my bathroom mirror that says, “Life is a combination of freedom and destiny. The beauty is you don’t know which is which.” from the Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner. This resonated with me because at the time I was trying to figure out who I was. I understood this quote to mean that even though certain events are destined to happen in my life, I have the freedom to choose how those events define me.
I love the fact that the me right now is inspiring others to realize their own potentials. I have heard and read your stories. I am humbled by those who want to follow in my steps. I have known from the moment I dreamed up the idea of my year of hugs that it was my destiny. More than a year later I choose to continue on the journey with joyous anticipation for what is to come.
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.