My family may not have had a surplus of money while I was growing up, but what we lacked in finances was made up for in love.
My parents valued education and we grew up not wondering if we would go to college, but or we would go. Four children in the family and they all graduated from college.
My dad got degrees in mechanical engineering, as well as music. My mother did two years of study after high school, then obtained her certificate in interior design.
Children need a caring parent, a caring teacher, or another influential adult. You may not think you are making a difference in someone else’s life, but for at least one person, you are making all the difference.
Another thing that is valuable is having a connection with a Higher Power, Spirit, God, or Mother Earth. Whatever you call it, everything is higher Divinity.
Communing with God is something that allows you to ask for help when you are in a difficult or trying situation.
It also helps when you need inspiration or help to move on to a new job, find a new home, or help someone else make better choices.
When I have a question about something, I often sit in silent meditation and think, “God, I could use a little help here. What do I need to know? »
Usually, at least the next day, the answer is provided to me. At this point I am ready to help myself and others.
The Dalai Lama in “His Essential Wisdom”, explains: “It can be rightly said that loving-kindness and compassion are the two cornerstones on which the whole edifice of Buddhism rests…we should try to help others, and if we cannot at least help them, we should not harm them.This teaching grows from the soil of love and compassion.
Isn’t it amazing that spiritual truths ring true, regardless of faith?
All religions core to their teachings want us to be kind to others, enjoy life, experience joy, be truthful and trustworthy, and serve humanity. All spirituality is meant to make the world a better place.
As I wrote in my book “Life’s Garden Grows”: “We all have a choice. We can get stuck in a certain place in our lives, or we can start a new chapter. Sometimes in life, emotions, habits or life situations can seem to take us in all directions. It’s like we’re hanging on for dear life. It’s like we’re hanging on for dear life.
In these situations, it is best to stop, take a deep breath, and reign in our awareness. Know deeply that there is no one who can lead your life unless you give them the reins. Take back the reins. Know that whatever you must do, the power of God is within you.
Reverend Sandra Smith is a retired minister of the Center for Spiritual Living in Kennewick. Questions and comments should be directed to Managing Editor Lucy Luginbill c/o Tri-City Herald Newsroom, 4253 W. 24th Ave., Kennewick, WA 99338. Or email [email protected] .