February 17th, 2010

You wanted something with all of your heart. You pictured it in your mind. You said prayers. You surrounded it with positive energy. You kept all doubt out of your mind and you expected it…..and it didn’t happen. In fact it didn’t happen even worse than you could have thought had you allowed yourself to think how bad it could have turned out but of course you didn’t because you were so sure that if you stuck to your no doubt mentality it would happen the way you wanted it to. What happened?
Being absolutely, positively focused on something does not make you God. There is no secret ritual that can guarantee that what you want comes about exactly as you planned every single time.
You do have the ability to greatly influence what comes into your life but because you don’t know everything about everything you were not put in charge of everything! Learn to celebrate the good things that you believe you brought into your life but learn to accept the things that God has brought into your life even if they conflict with what you wanted.
Many times we fight to hold on to a beautiful piece of cut glass unaware the Somebody is trying to take it away so that it can be replaced with a diamond.

©2010 All Rights Reserved, Patrick McBride


Darkness is Temporary

February 8th, 2010

If you sit still and recollect for just a moment you can easily recall some of those times in your life when the darkness was so heavy upon you that it was difficult to even stand.You thought that your world and your sanity were coming to an end. They are still easy to recall because the scars still seem new. What isn’t so easy to recall is what happened right after that. Slowly, something started to bring in dim flashes of light to your darkness. You ignored them because the darkness was you by that time. The light kept appearing against your wishes. It grew brighter and more persistent and something inside of you knew that you were coming out of the darkness whether you wanted to or not.
You are allowed to visit the darkness in this life for reasons that you deem appropriate but you are not allowed to rent a room there. There is a force, the greatest force in the universe, that watches over you day and night. Call it what you will. I call it Love. It has the power to walk into the darkness and find you and bring you out and it never, ever fails. It doesn’t matter how deep the darkness or how great the reason for being there. It always rescues you.
We always believe that every dark episode is temporary except the one we are in but we fool ourselves. All darkness is temporary and we have to merely shout “Enough!” and love will rescue us once again. It never gets tired of rescuing us because…..it is Love. Count on it.

©2010 All Rights Reserved, Patrick McBride


Be Happy

February 1st, 2010

First make yourself happy. You don’t have to walk around grinning at everyone you see. The most important part is to feel it inside of you. You know what that feels like. Nobody can rob you of your happiness. You can generate as much of the stuff as you want. The only thing in the entire world that can choke off the flow of your happiness is the conditions that you put on it. If you believe that your happiness can only flow under certain conditions than you are going to spend all of your time and money and effort trying to create those precise conditions. The more conditions the more variables. The more variables the less likely that everything could possibly be in alignment. The more out of alignment the less happiness. What’s at fault? Oh you can blame it on conditions but who said those conditions matter? If you want to be happy -be happy. You have more than enough reasons to start that flow going. Remember how many times you said you would be happy if only you get get through that week? Well you did! Be happy. Suddenly you see a puppy or kitten or baby and you feel happy. What caused that? You did! You said to yourself that it is good to feel happy under those conditions. Expand those conditions. Make it okay to be happy because you can breathe and see and feel. Be happy because there are still people in your life that would so appreciate hearing you say I love you. And be happy because you still have the ability to say it. Ask yourself often “Am I strong enough to be happy?” It takes a strong person to be happy. You can do it.