Have you ever heard of Dr. Wayne Dyer? If you said, no, then you are not by yourself. That is a name that I had never heard until this week, and in the span of a few days, I have heard this name three times. I recently decided to use a social media platform called Linkedin for my business. I follow a few women entrepreneurs, and one of them is Sara Blakely who invented Spanx. Sara put up a post talking about her childhood, and a struggle that she went through. She said that her father introduced her to the writings of Dr. Wayne Dyer to help her through this hard period in her life.
A couple of days later, I came across another post from someone who mentioned Dr. Wayne Dyer again, so it prompted me to do a Google search to check out who this person was and to try to figure out why I kept seeing his name. Dr. Wayne Dyer is an internationally renowned author and speaker in the fields of self-development and spiritual growth. I love self-development, and I can always use more spiritual growth, so I decided to check out some of his quotes.
But, honestly, I was busy trying to get packed to go to Atlanta, and I soon forgot my quest and instead moved on to other things. The last straw came on Wednesday night when I was surfing on FaceBook. A friend of mine shared a post, and guess who the quote was from? You guessed it, Dr. Wayne Dyer was the speaker of this quote: “You are not stuck where you are unless you decide to be.”
I liked the quote, but that is not what really caught my attention. It was the fact that here was this person, who I had never heard of before this week, being mentioned again.
“Okay, Lord, I got the hint. I’ll check out this man right now.” I went to my Audible app and download a book by Dr. Dyer. My daughter and I listened to some of the book on the way to Atlanta, and I soon realized that he was a huge fan of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and ecology.
I wanted to share with you a prayer from Saint Francis that touched me as I listened:
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy
Not so much seek to be consoled as to console
To be understood, as to understand
To be loved, as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
And it’s in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it’s in dying that we are born to Eternal Life