By Sandy Menzer
This month, I put great thought into what to write about in this issue of Capital Region Living. I asked my spirit guides, mentors and angels, all of whom help me write these articles, to provide me with the right topic to help us all grow spiritually. Two days after my request to the Divine and my spirit guides, I received an answer in the form of an email shared with me from a good friend of mine, who has been a wonderful, wise mentor in my life. Along with it, she sent me a picture of her brother who, along with her dad, had since crossed over into the realm of the spirit world and currently flies high with the angels.
In the email, she was reminiscing about the happiness her dad and brother brought not only to her family, but also to the many others who were fortunate enough to have known them. Her dad loved children and dressed up as Santa at Christmas parties for many large groups throughout the years. The photo featured the two of them together at a holiday party, and Santa surrounded by many special people with big, joyful smiles. I learned that each one of the people in the photograph had special needs and disabilities, and they were all smiling from ear to ear in his presence.
What I find so fascinating about this particular group of happy souls is their ability to love unconditionally. Over the years, what I’ve learned from being around several people in my family who have dealt with great challenges, and being a volunteer at the Special Olympics, is that these souls are some of the most compassionate, loving people on Earth. I often ask the Divine Creator: “How can these souls be so happy and loving even with so many additional challenges and mountains to climb in their lifetime?”
I’ve realized that each person we meet in this lifetime is brought here to teach us many different lessons. For some of us, it’s natural to be compassionate and loving beings, and for others, that’s not the case. I’ve learned that we all need to be grateful for and compassionate to people with special needs; they can teach us patience, unconditional love, perseverance and not to be judgmental of others’ appearance or disabilities. I believe each one of us has a disability of some kind—though it may not be noticeable in the world we live in.
I also believe each of us is brought here with a special gift to share as part of our purpose. I’ve learned to understand that our goal here is to discover these gifts and use them to help and assist others. If we could all learn from these beautiful souls filled with unconditional love, what a peaceful world this would be.
I believe compassion and gratitude are two of the best ways for each of us to be able to create an abundant life in all areas, whether it be in our relationships, work environment, families, health or any other area of life we would like to improve or find comfort in. The world right now is in a sad state of suffering, which is another reason why we need to learn how to be more compassionate (through our suffering). What have you done this week to help someone in need?
Wishing you all a beautiful spring! May each of you find peace and joy in your world. Namaste.