“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”  (BUDDHA)

I was going to write about an entirely different topic tonight, yet then I sat down and opened up one of the best e-mails OF MY LIFE from a beloved friend of mine. She has received good news, and it has made my heart well up with so much excitement and delight for her that I am not sure I will be able to sleep. Since it is her news to share, I cannot go into any details here on my blog…as much as I would like to. I am very, very, very, very bad at keeping secrets—especially the exciting ones. I want to shout it from the rooftops! I want everyone to celebrate with my friend. I want her to be covered with delight. Joy has a way of burbling out… But I have to be good for at least another week!!

When something happy and exciting happens for one of my good friends, I feel as happy as if it were happening to me. In some cases, I feel even better than if it were happening to me. With myself out of the equation, I can celebrate more purely and worry less. My best friends are such good and amazing people, and I have been friends with my core group since high school. I love them like family. When something good happens for one of them, especially when I know how hard they have been working and have witnessed their journeys, it makes me want to sing. All of us have always let each other be our true selves, and that is why we have all been friends for so long. I love them unconditionally, as I hope they love me.

So, tonight is a joyful night. This weekend has been filled with some questionable karma: flu, our movie night DVD from Netflix was too scratched and wouldn’t play, etc. Yet there was such happiness afoot all along!

Beloved Friend, if you are reading, candles of happiness are being lit all around you!