Be Well Be Happy

Once upon a time there was a woman named, Ruth Wachner Pagirsky. She died on March 15, 2022 and was the most courageous and compassionate woman I have ever met.  Truly, I feel honored to have met such a radiant being. Ruth was a Holocaust survivor who lost her entire family in the Holocaust. She leaves behind the most loving, dedicated family who cared for her daily and prayed with her as she left this earth to reunite with her mom, dad and brother. Ruth wrote a memoir on her life, telling the story of the horrors she witnessed and somehow was able to have forgiveness in her heart. She is a hero and role model to us all.

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference, living one day at time; enjoying one moment at a time; taking this world as it is and not as I would have it; trusting that You will make things right if I surrender to Your grace.” 

What a powerful and helpful prayer during these very difficult moments. When times get tough, it is through the intention of prayer that lifts our hearts and perhaps gives us hope and inspiration to find our ground. We cannot control things that are happening and are desperately grasping for the wisdom to know what can we do to change world? What is the right thing to do? This is my question each day when I wake up in a warm, safe home and know there are so many people in a completely different place.

Personally, I believe we are being called on to help the underdog, support and do whatever is in our power to bring forth peace and light. My heart tells me only love will cure our broken world.

Fortitude and strength within our minds and bodies are necessary to help recover. We need one another as the world begins to rebuild and support those who have been left with nothing. I think of Ruth who went through the horrors of World War II and was able to create a life worth living in America. So much trauma and grief yet by the Grace of God she survived to tell her story and raise three beautiful successful children who showered her with grandchildren and great grandchildren. She would say to her children, what a wonderful life I have here. She never forgot her past but would choose to live with gratitude and a positive attitude.

Her Dad’s last words to her, “You my child, you shall live, you shall live to tell it all. “

Trust in the power of prayer and wisdom. Do not let anyone take your joy away. Your spirit can never be taken away. Remember to pause, remember to pray, remember to never forget but find forgiveness. I believe in the power of prayer. Let us not give in to our fears and doubts but rather stand strong and continue to the fight.

“Today I bear witness to the agony of the world, praying to be used as a healing force. Let me not forget today the needless suffering of so many. I do not dwell on the suffering, but I bear witness with a compassionate heart.”  - Marianne Williamson

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