Today begins a 21 day meditation series from Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey. They are always wonderful programs and this one promises to be one of the best yet. That is because the focus is on Gratitude and Grace. Grace is your divine power and Gratitude is the best way to activate it. Everyone has access to an unlimited amount of Grace but you must invite it and allow it to flow through you for it to bring you anything your heart desires.
So the session was started by finding something you are grateful for to focus on to get the feeling going. Today is my daughter Alana's birthday and my joy and gratitude that she is a part of my life immediately came to mind. From the beginning her life has been filled with special things. Her wonderful Mom's water broke in the upscale department store Bloomingdales's in Manhattan of all places when Alana signaled she was ready to get out into the world. The attentive staff at the store insisted upon getting an ambulance for the ride to N.Y. Hospital's Cornell Medical Center. I was at my office at Westwood One just a short way from the hospital at 1700 Broadway and I headed over as soon as I got the call.
Presidential candidate Ross Perot's daughter was down the hall also waiting for a baby to arrive but otherwise the hospital area we were in was very quiet. We would not be waiting for long as Alana was ready to move. Maureen and Alana's doctor arrived in time and dressed in a beautiful evening gown set for a NYC party that she would have to get to a bit late. It did not take long and there Alana was with me playing Bob Marley's "Thank You Lord" on the tape recorder I had brought for the occasion as she took her first breaths. Talk about joy and gratitude. Thank you Lord.
So much has gone on since those moments. So much joy and fun. She has grown into a bright and beautiful adult. I am happy to say that she has not really left the nest yet but the time will not be long because she has adventures of her own to discover and a story to write. I don't know what it is and I don't think she does yet but I am certain there will be some very special and important things she will accomplish. She is a very special person and I am filled with gratitude that she is part of my life. We have always had a special bond between us and I hope we always will. Thinking of her life to this anniversary of that day now a couple of decades ago fills my heart with joy and love.
Alana, I wish you a happy birthday and a joyous wonder filled adventure ahead. You can do whatever your heart desires so go for it. Let gratitude and your wonderful imagination be your power source and compass. Be bold and see what wonders the path of your adventure will provide. Follow your hopes and dreams and you will always be on the right path. Remember the only scorecard is how much fun and love and gratitude you can put in the game.
Love you and Happy Birthday from you proud and very grateful Dad!