Sadly, there are more wild horses in holding pens than in the wild.” — Willie Nelson

One of the many perks of my job is getting beautiful thoughts from beautiful people. As ya’ll know, I get lots of emails with lots of great stories.

The other day (maybe yesterday, I forget), this post came in from my friend, Dunn Neugebauer. I like it so much that I decided to share it here. I know you’ll enjoy!!!

For whoever is listening:

I’m spinning around in this incarnation on a crazy planet – it’s divided and two-sided and everything I read and hear wants me – is begging me – to be scared and mad and apprehensive. Often times, people pull me into their conversations wanting me to be that way because that’s the way they are.

Anyway, the reason for this letter is that I’m not that great at praying – my words get interrupted by a scattered mind that keeps throwing out its agendas and ideas and fears. Enough about fears. And anger. And division.

For whoever is listening, help me love this incarnation MORE, not less! Help me realize I’m in the midst of wonderful people, I’m sitting in a beautiful building, and though I’ve been in such a state that I once couldn’t afford the stamp to mail this letter, I’m surrounded by opulence and edged weeds and insured policies and secured doors.

For whoever is listening, I pray for nothing selfish but instead ask for gratitude and then more gratitude. Because I have sports to watch at the touch of a button, a friend to text across the country with the command of my very voice, transportation that can get me from Dunkin Donuts to the river and, think about it, is there any place else I need to go?

For whoever is listening, let me know that we attract what we focus on, we attract what and who we are, so with that said please mute the voices of the press and the TV and steer me into the day in silent wonder, profound awe, constant amazement at all that’s been created.

After all, we can fly. We can communicate. We can enjoy. 

For whoever is listening, remind me of just yesterday, when I met eight new colleagues, listened to a meeting that turned into one of the best comedy shows I’ve ever been to, sat at a table with a meal that many in the world don’t get.

For whoever is listening, I just want you to know that I’m ticked off at being ticked off, and constantly being reminded that I’m supposed to be ticked of even more. We were created out of love – and when we go there, magic happens – and if you don’t believe in magic then you’ve lost your wand. 

The wand, for the record, is in your head; it’s carried in your very soul. So quit looking everywhere for it – it really is as plain as the nose on your face. 

For whoever is listening, I turned off media outlets this morning and simply appreciated the silent hum of an air conditioner – nothing more, nothing less. And it was exactly that emptying of the mind – of the hate and the stress and the division – that brings me to rhymes and verse and prose and hopefully inspiration.

Who knew? If the humming of an air conditioner can do that, what if I practiced this more? What then I ask?

And so, for whoever is listening, thanks for creativity, the legs to run, the place to write. Thanks for my six pillars – read, write run, beer, book, burrito – and please help me keep the ‘beer’ part in check.

But thanks for this – all this. Fourth of July parades, Easter Egg hunts, Game 7’s, watching 22 midgets chasing one soccer ball, seeing the wheels spin in the heads of our youth and the ‘aha’ moment when they ‘get it.’ Weekends with the tops down, the moods up, and the destination who cares?

And thanks for letting me know that there is no reason, none at all, to focus on hate and anger and division. For I came from you, and like you, I came from love and peace – I wasn’t created out of hate.

And finally, thanks for listening. And thanks for the circle of light you’re drawing around me as I go through this day. And thanks for the gratitude to appreciate – not complain about – all of this.

Thanks, Dunn, and thanks to all of you who I hereby command to go out and have the very best weekend of your life. #222 Forever!

Pam Grout is the author of 20 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest book, The Course in Miracles Experiment: A Starter Kit for Rewiring Your Mind (And Therefore Your World) that has just been turned into an app. Badass ACIM (badass-acim.com)

37 Responses

  1. I’m sitting at The Taco Project in Bronxville NY with Ed Sheeran blasting and a Coke. Last night I danced my rearend off to a Rolling Stones cover band with my excellent friends. 8 got asked out by 2 men – one very drunk 🥴. My beutiful Mom died 2 weeks ago. Life is fleeting. Let’s HAVE FUN!

  2. WOOHOO! Yaaassss, dear writer! Live, love, laugh, create, muse, cajole, sing, dance and most of all BE gratitude! xoxoxox

  3. Please let this message be seen by everyone near and far so we can get back to the simple joy that we all deserve.

  4. Oh thank you for this!! I’m going to print it and keep it on my night stand, so whenever I sink into the “negativity of the day” I can be reminded of these beautiful truths. It will remain with me for a long time… I am happier already!!

  5. I totally LOVE ALL OF THIS dear Pam! I am in the process, at age 72, of selling my secure home and all that is in it, to go wandering off in this beautiful world. My dear ones are divided into two camps about it. On one side they are SO excited ( and maybe a bit envious) for me. On the other, they are fearful and wondering if I have lost my marbles! No, I have thought long and hard about this change, and KNOW that the Universe has my back. I shall sally forth with great anticipation of the new people I will meet, and new places I plan to enjoy with every ounce of my being! Thank you, dear Pam, for sharing the adventure!

  6. Wow! What a beautiful prayer. Thankyou for sharing it with us Pam. I love the way Dunn says “for whoever is listening” rather than “dear God” or “Dear Universe” or whatever we might say when praying. This sits just right so I think I’ll borrow it. (Thanks Dunn). May we all wave our magic wands, have the best weekend of our lives, and keep on loving this incarnation more. Yes!
    Thanks Pam. 🤗🌷🍰🦋💃🎈💛

  7. August 13 has always been a lucky day for me. Finding this jewel from Dunn Neugebauer reminds me of all the fantastic miracles I felt today. Laughing and playing is the answer to everything. Thank you, dear Pam, for posting wonderful inspiring articles. 222.

  8. Thanks to you, Pam, and your book (A Course in Miracles Experiment), when that awful anger and negativity try to overcome me, I start reading some of the quotes I love best from your book, feel so light and peaceful and happy ….. with one of my favorites “Be Still and Go Home”…I will be ever thankful to you!

  9. A great reminder that we are often not grateful enough for the simple pleasure of being alive. I also know that the media operates on feeding us fear. That’s how they make their money and truth has nothing to do with it. I like to listen to my internal radar and look for the joy factor. Thanks for sharing this.

  10. Tears…the beauty, humor, power of this writing. If I knew you dear writer I would give you a giant hug…Please feel my love & gratitude from Carmel Ca to wherever you call home.
    Blessings to you Pam for sharing and always love.
    Kate

  11. Thank you Pam, every day I find a reason to fall in love with the world and today you gave me another one in the form of Dunn Neugebauer
    and his magical words.

    Love you!!!

  12. I spilled tears of gratitude reading this beautiful piece. Thank you thank you thank you. Beautiful writers, both of you. Thank you thank you. XO

  13. That.was.awesome! Thank you for sharing, and thank you, Dunn, for writing it! I intend to shut off the noise today and remind myself that I, too, was created in love and not hate. I hear the loons on the lake this morning reminding me how great it is to be alive, and silent in my head as I practice gratitude. 👍

  14. AMEN!!! I just spent $123.00 on groceries that barely filled the front of my cart. Instead of complaining I said ‘Thank you Universe that I had the $123 to purchase the things I needed and wanted. What a blessing! Focus only on what’s going right and you’ll find that it’s actually everything!
    Beautiful post!

    1. Yes Carol it really is that simple. Thank you for sharing your experience. I was at a free Lords of 52nd Street concert last night with a beautiful breeze blowing on Long Island. I am grateful for all my 70 years here💫

  15. Awesome!
    Today a penny dropped. I’m experiencing love and joy. It’s right here! I’m dropping the nonexistent, illusory things I worry about.. they do not exist except I kid myself they do. I also quit seeing them and kidding myself I need fixing because of them. I want to see them so I see what they are- nothing. I’m choosing to see them and loving myself through their evaporation. What fun!
    I don’t need any more problems, chaos, dramas.
    I just want what Is. What Is real and True, what is that we all are.
    I want to soak in joyous love!
    That’s what is right here.

    Love you.
    Love you love you love you!
    X
    Suzi

  16. Thank you for this post. Wonderfully written and thoughtful. We are all blessed, living on this big blue planet, spinning through space. What a wild ride.

  17. W.O.W.!!! Perfect reminder – we were created out of love…! Loved it! Thank you, Pam, for sharing of yourself so generously and lovingly always. You help to elevate my life with every writing – God bless you always. #222Forever!! XO

  18. THANKYOU Pam for your postings which always inspire me to think and to act and to be better. I am gradually focusing on what is good, what is kind, what is spiritual, and what is the Creator’s will for today. I feel so fantastically grateful for these angels among us❤️

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