Meet Each Other With Smile

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of Love.~Mother Theresa

Our daily events may challenge us, our surroundings may prove difficult, but we still have choices to remain happy. Greeting another with a smile can remove all barriers, allowing us into their inner circle.

No matter the differences, remaining in smile, we have the ability to change the course of events. What does it cost? Nothing! Smiles are always free. However they challenge us in believing it is impossible to smile all the time…prove them wrong.

Remain untouched by the nay-sayers, unscathed by the hurtful words or actions and forever in a happy place…with a smile to show record.

Stepping into the Canvas with a smile upon our face. We set out with new eyes, eyes from within the heart of it all…our inner calling of being happy. Merely a choice…and it begins with the self…

meet each other with smile


Help Them Anyway

Man meditating on a rock at the sea

There really is no right or wrong, only a man-made perception there is. If we see another in need, regardless of gender, faith or ethnicity, help them…even if it means ridicule.

There was a young man who tried to live his life by doing good, while often accused of being a dreamer. Smiling, he continues on his way…knowing, as John Lennon sings “I’m not the only one.”

One day this young man devotes his life to helping those in need. After helping many find their way in this Canvas of Life, he meets another lost pilgrim in search of happiness.

Challenging this man to letting go of limited possibilities, he encourages the other to accept infinite possibilities. At first the gentleman was skeptical, but afterwards found peace and happiness only to accuse the young man of being wrong. Not worried the young man washes his hands, blesses him and moves on.

The man in need was an addict, lost and scared. When asked what makes him feel good, the Good Samaritan suggest he follow what makes him feel good. In doing so, the man in need began small only to rise to bigger and better opportunities to paint the Canvas as he saw fit. This made the Good Samaritan very pleased. Regardless of the loss in friendship, the Good Samaritan knows that this gentleman will be ok…washing his hands and blessing him on his way.

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

~Mother Theresa

Stepping into the Canvas with humility, through humility we come to know it was never really us but a higher power at hand. Being the tool for the Canvas, we set out to Create the Canvas of Life as we see fit, allowing whatever is needed to lead us on our way. Encountering a disbeliever…we set out to help them anyway…this is The Way.


Kind Words

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.~Mother Teresa

Stepping into the Canvas with kind words can make or break a persons day. We must choose wisely as to not create a domino-effect of negativity, instead a domino-effect of positivity. Whether it is a conversation of the self or with another person, send good intentions their way. In doing so, the echos shall be heard from the highest mountains…

kind words

What Keeps You Going?

We all have daily routines, that keep momentum flowing. However, when that routine is altered we find ourselves flustered and anxious, which can turn into fear or anger. In fear or anger, we often give up or lose interest in our days…potentially leading us to some form of depression.

Letting go of expected outcomes, relieves our stress from our daily routines. Simply recalling why it is that we get up and what keeps us moving forward, this will allow us to easily tackle our daily routines. Whatever the motivation, focus on that and not on what fills our day. Our days are easily bombarded with other negativeness…avoid them or take proper actions to protect yourself from these.
Recently a friend, Thomas, stopped Ani Po while she was working out at the gym. He asked, “what keeps you going?” A little history… Thomas often challenges Ani Po first thing in the morning at 5 o’clock am, challenging her to look deeper within herself. As she pauses for self-reflection, she chooses her answer very carefully.

As Ani Po answers the question, she is immediately reminded of another situation, a recollection of why we do things and who we are as a person. The few lines, tell the story…

Ani Po to another: “What do you do?”

Executive:  “I am a Vice President of a major company.”

Ani Po: “Not for money. What do you do for the world?

Turning to Thomas, Ani Po answered instinctively, “Each day I rise, to serve my fellow-man; Help those in need; Assist where ever I can. I go where I am called….for I am a tool for the master carpenter. I may not be perfect, but I give it my best effort!”

With the only answer being a smile, Thomas asks, “Is it wrong to have a purpose for making a paycheck?

Ani Po answers, “Not at all! However, if the only reason for getting up in the morning is for a paycheck, then by days end that is all you will have. If your attention is something higher than monetary gain, then you shall receive that which you give into this Universe. There is an old saying: Love what you do and it will never seem like work again.”

Thomas continues, “What about providing for a family? Is it not our responsibility to give for our families, thereby causing us to make more money?”

Ani Po, “Are you still falling for the trap established by our dictators? If we subscribe to the collective whole, believing that we must do this or do that to survive, then we will always look to man for answers to our dilemmas. If we instead turn our attention to the Lord, letting go of any expected outcomes, then the answers will come and we shall forever remain protected. Those who lead by Faith, Hope and Love…those are the true leaders…those are the believers…those are the righteous.”

So what keeps you going? What motivates you throughout your day? Are you stuck in the belief that your reality is all you will ever know? Time to change your views! Our lives, if not enjoyed, can be changed instantly…all we need to do is see the life we want, feel the life we want and believe it to be true. In doing so, we shall make the first step into our new reality.

“Not all of us can do great things.

But we can do small things with great love.”

~Mother Theresa

Stepping into the Canvas by Faith. As we step in faith, we immediately receive hope. As we receive hope, our reality becomes embodied in Love. As we learn to Love the Canvas all over again, we begin to Love all there is. In Loving-kindness we find answers to All things and the burdens of today become yesterday’s memory. Let go of the past, look to the future and embrace every moment…in the Now.

What If?

In a world of good and evil, we are left with many moral dilemmas. Outlined by society, we are told what is right and what is wrong. When all we need to do is look within our hearts to know truth in our daily actions. Imagine if we all applied the ancient wisdom of “The Seven Generations.” This is a concept where every action contemplated and repercussions carefully thought out. Not just for this lifetime, but seven generations after ours. This next poem reminds me a lot of the song What if God was one of Us? by Joan Osborne. Imagine if we all saw Christ in every person…

What if the person you are arguing with was God?

How would you treat them?


What if the person you hate was God?

Would you reconcile?

What if the person you were about to steal from was God?

Would you still do it?


What if the person you are about to cheat on was God?

Would you still cheat?

What if the person you are about to kill was God?

Would you pull the trigger?

Stop waiting for the Messiah and his return.

See that he is already here.

See him in yourself, feel him.

See him in others, hear his words.

Love everyone, change the world!

We can create the Heavens,

and abolish Hell forever.

See through eyes of our creator

and finding salvation.

See the promise land,

as you are already in it.


“I see Jesus Christ in all his distressful disguises.”

~Mother Theresa

Step into the Canvas with eyes of compassion: instinctively slowing down. letting others into our lane; extending a hand to a stranger, when in need; throwing spare change at the homeless, as we are filled with abundance; removing the need to win; offering solutions, not complaints; giving freely in the name of Love…for that is all we are meant to be.