What can I say? It’s been quite some time since I sat down to write. Nonetheless, I’m here now. This morning, I went to get my routine cup of coffee. While there, I overheard a woman speaking to her son about the death of her grandmother. I was amazed by her grace and saddened by her seemingly required restraint. Rather than fall, her tears seemed to flow back inside of her eyes causing them to glisten in the light. I know that feeling. Today is the anniversary of my Mother’s death. Me, I’m still pushing. I need you to know that I’m alright. I’m working, consistently working out, and most importantly, working out the kinks in my own mind, heart, and soul. I’m alright… Because I know the floor much better than I know the ceiling, I feel as though I’m qualified to say this; there is only joy. In all things, there is only joy. In the worst of times, there is only joy. In the best of times, there is only joy. In the face of adversity, there is only joy. In the face of confusion, there is only joy. Who is this deceiver and thief called sadness that has taken so much from me? That deceiver is nothing more than a monster that I created in order to cope with my own self-doubt. I have allowed that deceiver and thief to take a great deal from me, and of them, the most important is time. No more, for there is only joy. Hard times, adversity, and confusion are nothing more joys in development. Count it all joy. Perhaps this is why we sometimes cry when we win. We did it…. I need you to know that there is only joy. There is only joy. There is only joy…. Through all of my ups and downs, it has been, and continues to be, one of my greatest joys speaking to all of you. Thank you for always speaking back. I’m still growing…… Patrick
This week, please do something for someone other than yourself for no other reason than to make their lives better. As always, if you make it to where you’re going, please don’t forget to leave a map for the rest of us. Always Choose Love Because Love Changes Everything.