“We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
One year ago from today I lost my role model, my best friend, the most positive person I have ever met, my 90-year-old grandma. I lost the person who taught me to play progressive rummy, how to cook a noodle kugle, and who showed me the meaning of unconditional love.
She was the person that lit up every room she walked into. Everyone that crossed her path felt her warmth. No matter what was happening in her life, she always said, “I’m great!” She inspired me to create, Travel Your Heart Happy.
A few weeks before she passed, I asked her, “How do you stay positive?” She was going through ups and downs and not in the best stage of her life. Life seemed like it was becoming more difficult and I could see it wearing her down both mentally and physically, but through it all, she answered, “Because everything is great…I know there are a lot of things that are not great, but I also know that you can magnify what you are saying― sadness or happiness, so I choose to say I am great. I’d rather say something nice than say [and magnify] something bad.” I had always believed that positivity and negativity spreads to those around us, but I had never actually thought about the impact one person could have on so many others, and how a positive or negative thought could magnify.
During the final days and hours of her life, I had a hard time finding words and saying them aloud. I had said everything I wanted to, I told her I loved her and how much of a positive impact she had on my life, but after a while, saying these sorts of things choked me. It started to get harder for me to breathe. I knew I needed to be by her side, but I could not continue without using someone else’s words. So, I began reading ‘The Alchemist‘ to her.
I read and read, day after day beside her bed. The Alchemist gave me the power to speak, and as we progressed deeper into the story, it felt as if she were speaking to me too…
“This is what we call love. When you are loved, you can do anything in creation. When you are loved, there’s no need at all to understand what’s happening because everything happens within you…When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
This quote reminded me of what we had discussed only a few weeks prior. When we are positive and speak positively, it magnifies and spreads to those around us. The same happens if it’s negative, but if we continue to stay positive and strive for better, that will magnify and spread all around you.
“It was the pure Language of the World. It required no explanation, just as the universe needs none as it travels through endless time. What the boy felt at that moment was that he was in the presence of the only woman in his life, and that, with no need for words, she recognized the same thing. He was more certain of it than of anything in the world…”
After this experience, I began to truly take time to think about what really makes me happy. I thought about how I want to spend my time. My grandma was no longer around to discuss this with, but I remembered another quote from the book, “Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”
I began to choose my time more wisely. I began to spend more time doing what I love. I created Travel Your Heart Happy.
One year ago, I choose to live a life that is meaningful to me. Today and every day, I choose it all over again and I strive to magnify greatness, positivity, and living happy.
*All quotes are taken from, The Alchemist.