Anything that exists on this planet is made up of atoms and is a form of matter. For example, H2O (water) is made up of two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen. Now, water can under certain conditions present as a solid (ice), water (liquid), or gas (vapor). Water, carbon and nitrogen are the bases of life on this planet. That’s a matter of fact and is no laughing matter.
Humans are also made of matter, consisting of the body, mind and spirit, and we react to the negative and positive human forces of others as well as to the planets that surround the earth (example: a full moon often can cause a change in behavior in some humans).
Often, we ask ourselves, “Do we matter?” Are we fulfilling our purpose on earth? Do we feel needed and loved? How many times has someone asked you, “What’s the matter with you?” Apparently, they have observed something in your face, eyes and body movements that gives them a hint that something is either right or wrong in your life. You can run but not hide deep down emotions, which are reflected on your face. When you don’t matter to anyone, it leads to a feeling of unworthiness and worthlessness. This feeling ultimately is expressed in fear, not trusting anyone, isolation, hoarding, anger, greed and a loss of faith in your loved ones. In other words, you are just miserable. Matter of fact, your matter is upset and may reveal itself in symptoms such as depression, fatigue, insomnia, high blood pressure, headaches, backaches, digestive complaints and a host of other physical ailments. Folks who feel that they do not matter often experience poor health and early death.
Once, on a house call, I asked my elderly blind patient whether or not she was sleeping well. She looked up at me and said, “How could I sleep, when I’ve been praying for you?” I told her how much I appreciated that prayerful thought. I knew that I mattered to her and she mattered to me.
Dr. James Washington, a theologian, in his book, “Conversation With God,” stated, “When a person feels that they do not matter, it is equivalent to ‘soul murder,’ resulting in suicide, infanticide (killing and infant), parricide (killing one’s parents or close relatives), and even deicide (killing one’s God).”
If you feel that you don’t matter, and wish to start the process of healing of an ailment that has not been satisfactorily diagnosed, I suggest that you pick up the phone and call the person that you hate the most and ask forgiveness. This is a matter of life and death for you. In a matter of a few days, you will feel the relief of many physical and mental symptoms that have been plaguing you. If you take the “H” from the word HATE, it becomes ATE . In other words, it eats you up. The only redeeming letter in the word hate is the “T,” which represents the cross of forgiveness.
Finally, I have found that most of my senior citizens who live a lengthy life love cats and often have one that they can pet. A cat is known to have nine lives and as a matter of fact is very comforting. I’ve had many cats in my lifetime.
To keep your matter in tact, I wish to quote notable people and how they kept their matter together:
“I don’t want to own anything that won’t fit into my coffin.”—Fred Allen
“Everyman’s life is a fairytale, written by God’s fingers.”—Hans Christian Anderson
“Age and youth look upon life from the opposite ends of the telescope; to one it is exceedingly long, to the other, exceedingly short.”—Henry Ward Beecher
“Don’t believe the world owes you a living: the world owes you nothing—it was here first.”—Robert Jones Burdelle
“All of the animals, excepting man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.” —Horace Bushnell
“Let us live that when we come to die, even the undertaker will be sorry.”—Mark Twain
“Hurried and worried until we’re buried and there’s no curtain call, life’s a very funny proposition after all.”—George Michael Cohen
“The useless life is only an early death.”—Johan Wolfgang Goethe.
“Life is an exciting business and most exciting when it is lived for others.”—Helen Adams Keller
“He that lives to live forever, never fears dying.”—William Penn
“Finally, a little work, a little sleep, a little love, and it is all over.”—Mary Roberts Rinehart