This magnet has been on my refrigerator for years now. Many times I’ve stopped to read it, reveling in the perfection of its rhyme scheme and Irish-sounding maxim.
It was given to us by a friend, who likely picked up my husband’s half-Irish pride. I too, have some Irish blood mixed into my “mutt-like” ethnic background, but I’ve always been able to identify with their culture. Throughout history, the country has survived some less than “lucky” periods. Yet its people have somehow remained some of the grateful in all the world. There is a clinging to pride among the Irish, and a kind of zeal that simply cannot be broken. I don’t think I’ve ever met an Irishmen who wasn’t more than happy to boast of his heritage.
One night last week, I passed by refrigerator in my usual fashion and for some reason, decided to pause and read the delightful words on the magnet. And then? Well, I don’t know what happened exactly, but I started to…cry.
Too much wine?
I’m just a freak? (This is one my hubby would agree with)
None of the above. It was the words. They moved me. In case you can’t read the magnet above, I’ll type them out below:
MAY YOU ALWAYS BE BLESSED
WITH WALLS FOR THE WIND.
A ROOF FOR THE RAIN,
A WARM CUP OF TEA BY THE FIRE.
LAUGHTER TO CHEER YOU.
THOSE YOU LOVE NEAR YOU.
AND ALL THAT YOUR HEART MIGHT DESIRE.
I cried because I’ve been driving myself crazy with all that I don’t have. I don’t have a house in Bergen County. I don’t have an agent. I don’t have a publisher making me a star. I don’t have a slot on the New York Times Bestseller List. I don’t have as rockin’ a body as I did high school (if I even did then). The list goes on.
But that magnet? It put things in perspective. It was like an epiphany. Here’s a country that has gone through so much torment, so much struggle. It’s true. Having a warm home, good people and laughter in your life, (and of course tea and a fireplace 🙂 ) really is a blessing. Think about how more than half of this world lives.
I have all those things. Well, not a fireplace, but I grew up in house that had one.
It hit me so hard and I didn’t even see it coming: I’m blessed.
If I never get any of those things I mentioned above, I’m still blessed. Doesn’t mean I won’t try of course, and that in and of itself, the fact that I’m able to attempt my dreams, is of course, it’s own blessing.
It knocked the stress right out of me.
Maybe if we all stopped wanting we could calm down as well. And in my opinion, inner-peace is the root of happiness.