By: Heather Blanchard
“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” – Mother Teresa
Last week we celebrated Diwali, which is becoming a holiday recognized by many people of all cultures and many countries around the world, but is most notably and historically celebrated in India. Diwali literally means “string of lights,” and is a beautiful holiday that lights up the earth as lanterns line the streets and are released into the sky all over the country honoring ancient stories of triumph – of good over evil. And while these stories and the characters in them differ depending on your region and faith, (Hindu, Jain, Buddhist or Sheik) they are ultimately all about the power of light over darkness in times of unrest and trouble.
This is also the perfect time to celebrate the beauty of light that is in ALL, and spread peace over the world. So, on this thread I thought I would share a wonderful story my friend posted on Facebook…..
💝 A wise teacher once brought balloons to school, and told her pupils to blow them up and write their name on one. After the children tossed the balloons into the hall, the teacher moved through it mixing them all up. The children were given five minutes to find the balloon with their name on it, but though they searched frantically, no one found their own balloon.
Then the teacher told them to take the balloon closest to them and give it to the person whose name was on it. In less than two minutes, everyone was holding their own balloon.
The teacher then said to the children, “These balloons are like happiness. We will never find it if everyone is looking for their own. But if we care about other people’s happiness… we will ultimately find ours too.” 💝
This is a month of gratitude – for treasured time spent with family and friends, and for all that we have. But it’s important to remember that it’s also a time to give. May we all shower others with love, compassion, blessings and peace, and share all that we can. This is the ultimate path to happiness.