Peace Today

“Today may there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.” – attributed to Mother Theresa


I received this quote in an email chain from a dear friend on exactly the day I needed to remind myself that everything is exactly as it should be in this moment. As it always does, the Universe also had the email show up in my inbox exactly when I needed to read it. How do you respond when the Universe provides for you precisely when you need it? Do you shrug it off as coincidence? Do you acknowledge and honor the support as it arrives? How often do you miss the signs that show up to remind you of your place, your right, your responsibility and your gifts for this world? We often spend our days running from one appointment or “to do” item to the next forgetting to take in and receive the all that the Universe freely shares. As I build and create my personal vision and company mission statement I find these recurring concepts seep into my thoughts and conversations. They include the desire to love, be loved, to contribute and be acknowledged, and to truly know that we matter. So when this quote showed up, I knew I had to write about receiving it and how it is a sign from the Universe reminding me that all is as it should be in this moment; how utterly comforting.

We each have a purpose and are here to fulfill that purpose. We matter; we are not for naught. We might not know for what purpose, nor might you even want to spend time exploring what your purpose is outside of staying employed and getting to the weekend. That’s okay. The important thing to really know is you matter; you make a difference in this world whether you believe it, acknowledge it, or not. It’s one of those Universal Truths. It just is.


Years ago I met a woman through a leadership program I was enrolled in who shared a story about how she lived with gut wrenching guilt, every day, for giving up, for adoption, the daughter she birthed when she was in her late teens. She let this guilt and worldview rule her life up until that program. One morning before the third day’s session started, we were talking. From somewhere, I was compelled to ask her how it would feel if she saw that experience through the lens of it being her purpose. I had no idea where the question came from, and frankly, I was simply trying to be empathetic through small talk. I was so moved by her telling of the story the day before that my own heart ached for her many wasted years of guilt and avoidance of anyone or any situation with children involved that I simply needed to connect with her and let her know that despite the judgment she levied on herself, she was/is still loved and that there was a greater purpose in that experience. I was suddenly filled with such assuredness that this was true that I repeated myself to make sure she heard what I was saying. If she could truly embrace the essence that she mattered and that she makes a difference, she might be able to see that one of her purposes in this life may have been to provide life to that little girl, and a daughter to a woman who might not otherwise experience motherhood. It was there she embraced the notion that she could choose to see that experience through new eyes. I witnessed a transformation in this amazing woman.


The next time I saw her, which was three months later, she sought me out to share that this new perspective created the opening of her actually meeting her birth daughter. And that they were in relationship. She had completely embraced the experience as a gift rather than a burdensome mistake and the facts hadn’t changed one iota. She had still gotten pregnant as a teen, she had still given up the baby for adoption, and the daughter still grew up knowing that she was adopted. And yet, the energy was completely different. This woman was able to meet her birth daughter, which wasn’t easy for either of them or the woman who raised the girl. Yet, the meeting and the relationship that formed was founded on the principle that everyone matters – we are each here for a purpose and that we do, indeed, matter.


This founding principle lives so deep within my body that I am affronted to hear anyone disbelieving it. It is part of my mission statement and is an integral component within my coaching practice. I am committed to honoring this in everyone I meet, supporting my clients as they weave this Universal Truth into their being and unleash their potential achieving all they dare to dream.

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