Everybody loves somebody or something—sometime, somewhere, somehow. It may seem to be only one's self or one's problems—or maybe one's rigid opinions. But love must play a part in the life of every individual. It is our nature to love.
“When you feel good you sing, either audibly or silently. … Nearly anyone can sing a little song. It is a marvelous health restorer. Singing restores harmony to tense nerves. Its vibrations stir them into action, thus making it possible for the ever-waiting healing Spirit to get in.”
The old adage “music soothes the savage breast” is a testament to the notes, lyrics, melodies, and rhythms that can transform lives. Music promotes healing. It lifts moods. It comforts. It is spirit in song. It moves.
A spirit of harmony pervades the universe. In an address entitled "New Science and New Faith," Donald Hatch Andrews, professor of chemistry at Johns Hopkins University, says, "We are making the startling discovery that, in a word, the basic reality of our universe is not matter but music."
He tells us further that if we could attune our ears to listen to what goes on inside the atom we would "become aware of music like great rolling organ music all about us, intermingling melody and harmony. One atom sings and it is answered by music in all the neighboring atoms. It is in this music that we find the real significance of life and the significance of the universe."
No matter what has occurred before, this is a new day, a new hour, and a new moment. You can take hold of joy on the wings of prayer and find yourself lifted into lightness, peace, and courage.
You are a child of the living God, meant to express happiness, meant to radiate beauty and serenity as bright and lovely as the rays of the morning sun, meant to embody the music and harmony of the universe. Joy is your gift from God, and it is not dependent on what occurred 10 years ago, a month ago, yesterday, or last night.
Joy belongs to you, whether you know it or not. It is yours now, to discover, to use, to exercise, and to bring into expression.
When someone does or says something that hurts our feelings, it does not help to brood over the matter. We can have peace of mind and spirit only when we rise out of hurt feelings and bless every person and situation. We do not want to carry along with us bitter memories, injured pride, or self-pity. These are negative feelings that cannot produce good and happy results for us or anyone else.
Is there someone in your life who causes you unhappiness, perhaps a member of your family or a co-worker? Do you find it difficult to think of this person kindly, because when you think of him (or her) your thoughts are filled with criticism, hurt, resentment?
The attempt to change people is the greatest energy waste of all, not because people can’t change, but because change is a growth process from within. In most cases, the desire to change another person arises from the very subtle urge to make him into something he is not. This other soul can never be anything than what he is, though his potential may be seriously frustrated.
What beauty have you seen today? Have you watched the sunrise? Have you listened to beautiful music? Have you observed beautiful flowers? There are many places to find beauty—in people, in nature and in things. Wherever we are, we are able to perceive beauty if we are looking for it and are tuned in to the idea of beauty.
Learn to look at all things with the idea of finding something beautiful. Learn to look beyond the appearances to see the underlying splendor.