“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” -The Serenity Prayer
Greetings from somewhere in Utah, where we are driving back from my 2014 Comedy Hypnosis Summer Tour. All 70 feet of us are rolling down the highway, and after two months of living on a bus, let me tell you, this girl is dreaming about a long, hot bath, complete with a ‘do not disturb’ sign on the door and candles burning; maybe even a good book in my hands.
It’s hard to believe that Summer is coming to a close. This year is flying by! When time rushes by like this, it makes me ponder my life and ask myself, what makes me truly happy to think about, to do, and where I can make some changes within to improve everything around me in my life and my work-life.
In a 12-step program, they might call this “taking inventory.” One thing I have talked about consistently for 12 years in writing these inspirations, is the true fact that we cannot control the way other people think or the words they say, so taking your own inventory is a key component to getting your life the way you want it to be.
Often people have been in a bad situation for so long that they have lost perspective on what fun is or what a good life is. Sometimes we settle for so long that we need to be slapped wide-awake by circumstances and consequence. I prefer to get something before the wake up call, but like all of us, I have had to learn the hard way more times than I would like to remember.
Here’s the truth; life can be challenging and often painful, but our choices make the difference in how in-control or out of control we are of consequences we don’t enjoy. What was our part in inviting this pain we do not want? The older I get, the more I understand this and I can streamline my life by accepting personal responsibility, without shame, and make a new plan. It’s sometimes called “starting over” and other times it’s just simply tweaking. Some things we can’t change, as the serenity prayer goes, but some things we can, and if we are to bring peace, joy, and fun back in our life, we must change.
The thing I see the most in my work, (remember that I speak with thousands of people after my shows in the Summer) is that people are so mired in the heaviness of life, they have forgotten their spiritual “person” who might be starving for attention. Being in touch with our “spirit self” is more important than anything, because it is your connection to your Creator.
Who knows you better than that? When you can stop the chatter in your mind long enough to hear God speak to you, it is life changing.
Being a woman, you know how it is to take care of a husband, boyfriend, children, sisters, brothers, and aging parents. It is a part of life, but it’s exhausting. I didn’t even mention work, because sometimes going to work can feel like a respite compared to all there is to do at home. It is a miracle if our needs get met at all.
For us, being the caregivers is our default mode. It is easy to forget what we need, easy to feel lost, easy to remember our dreams, no matter how small or how large.
Believe me, sometimes, I feel exactly like you do.
The one thing that has pulled me through in the past several years is my seeking to understand my spirit-self, and to feed her, love her, educate her. It has changed my life and taken me places I never imagined.
To that end, I have written a new book that is coming out in November, titled, “Cat & Fern’s Excellent God Adventure - 365 Days of Peace.”
Fern, I know you were wondering, is a friend of mine’s mother, who turns 100 years young this February! Fern has guided me through some rough waters, spiritually speaking, sharing with me her daily conversations with God, which she has written every day for decades at 5:00AM.
I asked if she would consider allowing those conversations to be a part of my book. I was thrilled when she said yes!
I combined my own life experiences with her conversations, for a daily inspirational read to help you get connected and find that peace within. With this book, you will have an inspiration every day of the year. Writing this book has been a dream of mine for many years, but a busy life kept me from completing it. What a justification! I have learned, if it’s important to us, we find a way. So I did.
MY mission is for others to have the opportunity to feed their spirit as a morning ritual; to “suit-up in your spiritual armor” as I call it. Once you learn how to quiet that chattering mind, and get peace on the inside, you can start to figure out the rest. But you need the peace, to get the rest. You are free.
Happy end of Summer, girls! I love and appreciate you all so much! You are beautiful!