The road

“When someone comes to me with a problem, I don’t care what it is: poor health, lack of money, unfulfilling relationships, or self esteem issues… there is only one thing that I ever work on, and that is LOVING THE SELF. I find that when we really love, accept and approve of ourselves exactly as we are, then everything in life works.” – Louise Hay

I wrote about a the Lesson in the Lesson, my experiences in a class I attended last week.  But something I’ve carried with me since are the words shared by a woman who sat next to me.   She’s a nurse and a practitioner of Reiki;  her work is done in hospice.  It was her comment about Love that struck a chord with me.

She commented that the greatest hurdle she works to overcome with patients isn’t the cancer or other diseases they’re fighting: it’s the self-loathing.  It’s the inability to forgive. It’s the hanging on to past hurts and the continuation of old fights. It’s the heartache and it’s the fear.

Her work takes her to a place of deep intimacy with those who are very ill and who want their time here to mean something.

What are we waiting for? Do we really want to be standing at death’s door before we finally accept who we are?

“The road to freedom is through the door of forgiveness.” – Louise Hay.

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken" ~ Oscar Wilde (

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33 thoughts on “The road

  1. Such wise words. As I get older and see those in my generation and above dropping off, this really hits home. Thank you!
    P.S. Love the picture! 🙂

    • A good reminder to live while we’re alive.

      and I loved that photo too … the road and then – bam! – the duck! HA 🙂 MJ

  2. Great perspective — that no matter how many bumps, humor will get you through it, not unscathed, but improved.

  3. ‘Be yourself; everyone else is already taken’
    So simple, so true. Thanks MJ.

  4. Now, I can’t decide do I love myself enough to get healty and lose weight OR do I accept myself for who I am and go out to breakfast? 🙂

    • I hope you took the best choice – to go out for breakfast! Order something wonderful and back off when you feel yourself getting full.

  5. I was just sharing with my husband that at my age (50) this is who I am…I either better get used to it or get over it and move on…I like who I am, really I do!

  6. I love that quote. I had chills reading this post, thank you for sharing such powerful words.

  7. This is such an important post, MJ. It nearly took my breath away. Thank you for these profound and stunningly significant words, my friend!

    • Thank you; her words really left their mark on me and needed to be shared. I’m glad you felt the importance of them, as did I.
      Hugs back!

  8. Be yourself – true indeed. And nobody can do it like you can. This is an uplifting post jsut perfect for a Sunday! Thanks MJ!

  9. Great message delivered with a smile……..thank you.

  10. This was such a beautifully thought-provoking post. And then I scroll down and see that picture! It gave me a big smile!

  11. AFLAC! Oops, I mean ‘Amen’!
    Thank you for these vitamins, MJ.

  12. Love that picture! Scrolled down and liked the photo already when the duck suddenly looked at me 🙂 Great picture!

  13. A timely post for me, MJ. A dear cousin (more like a sister) is fighting cancer, facing a surgery that the doctors aren’t sure she’ll survive. It’s very difficult knowing the words to say to her.
    I think it takes a special person to work in hospice.

    • I was thinking of your cousin when I wrote this, and remembering how you were going to try the “12 days of delight” with her before Christmas. I wondered how things were going and now I know.

      Hugs to you as you journey through with your sister cousin and heartfelt prayers for you both,

      • How sweet of you to think of her, MJ. The surgery is tentatively scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. It will be a long, difficult day for her – and emotional for us too. Thank you for your prayers….

      • If it’s any consolation, many of us with be with you in thought. Please take extra care of yourself heading into tomorrow; try to get some extra rest, pack healthy snacks and such. Hugs .. MJ

      • Yes, Dianna. You and your family will be in our thoughts.

  14. Blogging has been an almost 18 month journey. At first I committed to posting once a week. Then it grew to twice a week. It was amazing to me how many thoughts crossed my mind that I could schedule out so there was always something “down the road”. I like my little pieces and your picture reminds me, that I write a lot of thoughtful stuff and then comes a “laugh”, not often in the posts, more often in the comments. But that doesn’t bother me, I won’t let it. Like Jeanne at 50…at 60 I can say, “I like who I am.” Another great post.

    • I like that blogging is what it is .. it’s not a job, it’s not a duty .. it’s something I do for me because I enjoy it.

      And I like who you are, too, Georgette. I especially like your “little pieces” and how you always so carefully and cleverly .. tell the story that begs to be told.


  15. cooper

    I love the picture…LOL. As for the loving myself thing….i’m trying….

    • Yeah … it takes effort, our culture finds it a lot easier to pick something to be sad about or to complain about but .. at the end of the day .. what matters? Our relationships, our loves, what we stood for, and who we were. I don’t want to be on my deathbed thinking “oh if only I’d lost those last 20lbs …”

      Hugs, Coop!

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