“How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)”

Kathleen ChelquistNeedless to say (and I will anyway), I have been over the top excited since I was invited to be a contributor for The Daily Love. After tears of joy and gratitude while soaking in the magical moment, my Ego/Mind (which can be the author of confusion) interrupted, Sooooo, what if you can’t think of anything to write? What if the words don’t come?

My heart responded: Are you there Kathleen? It’s me, The Uni-verse. SSSHHH! Breathe. Relax. Trust in me, dear one. Don’t think of one thing. You will know what to write when it is time. In the moment. In the here and now.

So, I listened. Kind of.

I continued on with my week serving the one and only truth: Love. Once in a while, my chattering mind came in to think about a blog topic. I even came up with a title. You know, just in case The Uni-verse (God, Love, Source, The All, or what ever you would like to call it) decided to not deliver on my BIG day. Insurance policy? Yeah right.

So, today is the day. Instead of doing my usual and going to the gym, I made a U-turn. Straight to Pismo Beach. I decided to go for a run. Well, a walk-run; to clean out my so-called cobwebs and bond with the All and Mighty Uni-verse. Sure, I am fully aware that I don’t need to go to the beach-or anywhere-to be with LOVE. And, my mind often thinks otherwise. So, the connection was made and my guidance was clear. And, it was not the original title I thought of during the week – not even close. James Taylor’s song, “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” shuffled in on my iPod. As the sun was beating down on my face, I raised my hands to the sky blue, breathed in the ocean air, and knew: I knew it was timely to first give thanks to…LOVE.

How sweet it is to be loved by you
I needed the shelter of someone’s arms and there you were
I needed someone to understand my ups and downs and there you were
With sweet love and devotion
Deeply touching my emotions
I want to stop and thank you baby
How sweet it is to be loved by you

I can call The Uni-verse, “Baby,” right? Wait a second…what am I asking you for? Of course, I can call The Divine anything I want! Freedom. As I started to walk under Pismo Pier, I thanked The Uni-verse. I thanked The Uni-verse for being there when NO ONE was. How could they be? My spiritual teacher, mentor, and second mother – Cinnamon H. Lofton- writes, “You Can Only Give What You’ve Got.” And my blood family, my chosen family, my friends, and my loved ones…did not have it to give when I THOUGHT I needed them.

I was 40-years-old when I was diagnosed with eye cancer for my SECOND time (2 in 10,000 cases). This was a time when I was hiding in my locked bedroom from my 4-year-old son, who created uncontrollable fits of rage. A time when my family thought I was partly to blame for his blood-curdling screams of discomfort. When my marriage was suffering because we weren’t willing to do it any other way. When I was living in what Oprah calls “The Happiest Place In America”, and I was not even close to being happy. When I was in the illusion of despair and loneliness. ALL when I was 40-years-old; half my life gone. I didn’t even have it to give to myself, and… The Uni-verse did. So, I want to stop and thank you baby.

I close my eyes at night
And wonder what would I be without you in my life
Everything was just a bore
All the things I did seems I’d done ’em before
But you brighten up for me all of my days
With a love so sweet in so many ways
I want to stop and thank you baby
How sweet it is to be loved by you

In comparison, my life did seem like a bore, prior to meeting-ME-again. The real me. The spirit behind the mask. The soul. The observer. The one who is connected to The Uni-verse. The one who loves unconditionally and lives on through Infinity and Beyond.

Since I am reclaiming my birthright to freedom, my possibilities are endless. I remember the day I met LOVE in the face. In human form. The Uni-verse knew I needed some proof. Proof that unconditional love does exist here on this earth-school plane. Proof that I did not need to wait until I entered through the Pearly Gates Of Heaven. The proof was given in an unlikely place: my dental chair. I am a hygienist. And, as I was cleaning Cinnamon Lofton’s teeth, she invited me to her Living Love Class. I knew my life would never be the same.

You were better to me than I’ve been to myself
For me, there’s you and nobody else
I want to stop and thank you baby
I just want to stop and thank you baby
Yes I do
How sweet it is to be loved by you
Feels so fine, how sweet it is to be loved by you
Just like jelly baby
Oh yeah,
How sweet it is to be loved by you
Just like honey to the bee, babe
How sweet it is to be loved by you

The Uni-verse hand-delivered an earth angel to help me help myself. After all, she needed me to be compliant. And, I was. Cinnamon often looks straight in my eyes and with loving sincerity whispers, “Kathleen, I am your mirror…when you forget. For I am you and you are me. We are one. Breathe and relax; you are love.”

“Our life’s purpose is to align our personality with our souls,” and when this is achieved, “you cannot tell in such a person where the personality ends and where the soul begins.” Gary Zukav’s quote is the EXACT description of Cinnamon H. Lofton. She is a devoted servant of the Holy Spirit of Love and Light. A servant who is way better to me than I’ve been to myself. Just like The Uni-verse. Who, by the way, I had ignored for years.

I was my own worst enemy. No visible bruises. And yet, my body would be covered if my thoughts could hit. Moment by moment, I am waking up to the truth of who I am. Who we ALL really are: LOVE.

Let me write that one more time: We are all essentially LOVE. It is a word that always applies. I know what it is now. To love and be loved. My mentor reminds me, “Love is the greatest treasure in life. It keeps its promise. It has no limits. It is beyond forever…and even then.”

This I know is true! And, now that I am aware…I have a great responsibility to pay it forward.

Thank you, Uni-verse, for this amazing opportunity to write from my heart. Thank you, Uni-verse, for not giving me more than I can handle. Thank you, Uni-verse, for gently guiding me through my fear and enabling me to see my so-called challenges as…gifts. Thank you, Uni-verse, That I Am An Instrument Of Your Love.¬†Thank you, Uni-verse, for the opportunity to STOP and share what I know with The Daily Love Community. Thank you, Uni-verse, for the opportunity to thank Mastin Kipp and his loving community for their time and willingness to share my love song. And, I know…I always have you!

So, the question begs…are you reclaiming your birthright to freedom? Are you creating joy from pure gratitude? Are you receiving the sweet love of The Uni-verse’s grace? I would sincerely love to know.

From my heart to yours,



Twitter: Kathleen R. Chelquist @chelquist
  • Dee

    Love this song & your words Kathleen ūüôā Good for you honey xxxx

  • Diana

    How sweet it is ~ you words move, touch and inspire.

  • Rosiered222

    I LOVE that you reminded me that LOVE is here to stay in me, you , everyone that allows themselves to recognize it and embrace it. I LOVE the song clip you added to this blog. I send it to all my friends to let them them I am LOVED by them. We are exactly as your friends/client stated we are mirrors of each other seeking LOVE in each other . Its a blessing when we find it in another . Thank you for speaking to me today. LOVE & PEACE


  • Jessie1170

    Love that song !!! What a way to wake up thank you !! Thank you for reminding me who I really am LOVE !! 

  • Tanja

    Love, love, love!!!!! ¬†So well written! And I love the song choice too! ¬†Thank you for reminding us who we ALL truly are. Can’t wait for more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • “I wanna stop and thank you, baby” to the Universe. ¬†Just what I needed to be reminded of today. ¬†Your words brought me happy tears as I remember to let go of my stressful “to do” list and instead sit in love. ¬†Everything will get done as it needs to be and I don’t need to stress at all! I was psyching myself out for no reason, when I should be thanking the Universe for the opportunities before me instead. ¬†And instead of dwelling on difficult relationships, I need to “Let Go, and Let God”. ¬†“How sweet it is to be loved by you”, indeed! ¬†I’ll be singing this song all day as a reminder to myself ¬†to breathe and just be grateful, because I am loved and I am lOVE. ¬†THANK YOU for your thoughts and words. ¬†The timing is perfect. ūüôā

  • Kirk

    It is awesome to see you on the front page! Keep doing what you are doing as your heart inspires many!

  • Karlie Relyea

    Wow thanks for sharing- your honesty and passion are inspiring!

  • June

    absolutly wonderful and heart felt, great job!

  • Renlova

    Thank you dear Kathleen for your inspirational message. Love is always present, knows no boundaries, and is reaching out for us unconditionally, even in the most unexpected places. We just have to open our hearts and be receptive to all the good the Universe has to offer. I felt as if you you speaking to me directly. God bless you!

  • LOVE this Kathleen!!! Needed to wake up and hear this today!! One of my favorite songs too!! I think you have found your calling! Thanks for your continued LOVE, friendship and inspiration!! XoXo

  • Donyabrown

    You always share such a beautiful message ~ thank you!

  • Mazymax

    Kathleen you are an inspiration. Thank you!

  • Lbpug

    Amazing Kathleen! So happy and excited for , cant wait to what’s to come! Xoxo

  • Tina

    Love!  Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Becky

    Marvelously written.  The choice of song and lyrics are so beautifully blended with your story.  Thank you for sharing and reminding of LOVE!  Joy and blessings to you.  Look forward to continued posts from you.

  • Tedge

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!! Lots of LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tamara Wallop

    The skip I needed in my step this morning. Thanks Kathleen!! and the TDL!

  • Davidpaulchampion

    usually these sites make my skin crawl,i’m a dude, the last thing i need is some upper middle class milf telling me how lovely shit is,but kathleen r. chelquist gets it and it shows in her writing,it really is all about love,now that i am behaving properly i can finally love myself, and now i love on my kids daily,thx..¬†¬†¬† champ

  • Dove

    I love Mastin and you, Kathleen!  This appears to be a perfect home for you sister Living Lover!

  • Jess Gutshall

    A great teacher told me that the universe gives us not what we want but what we are! Let’s be LOVE thank you for showing me this again. I will check my grievances at the door and walk forward in love.

  • Yesi Liz

    So Excited to see your blog on The Daily Love Kathleen. I remebered I found you ON FACEBOOK after I saw one of the comments you left for Mastin last week and read all of your blogs on your page. I love the passion and compassion you have for writing and also for the love you are sharing to the Universe, so proud to have read your blogs and now reading one at¬†THE DAILY LOVE! Congrats! I am a Fan of yours ūüôā Blessings <3 Yesi.

  • This¬†speaks volumes to me, Kathleen! You speak to my heart and my heart is listening. Tears of joy are streaming down my face as I feel closer to my own heart by reading your words. Thank you for facing, and sharing,¬†your fears. We are not alone because we are one. Much love to you, Beautiful Spirit! ~Kristen

  • Nikki.Taylor

    A beautiful reminder to give and receive love with an open mind and loving spirit.

  • Sarah

    THank you Kathleen, that was so beautiful to read!  Thank you for being Love and sharing it with all of us.  

  • Jules

    one of my favourite songs, timely.  I  love  reading such inspiritual truths on the Daily Love every day.  I so find this journey inward so exciting and scary at the same time because I know there is going to be some big boulder moving changes in my life and I am getting stronger everyday as I travel inward.  Keep writing!

  • Ojars Greste

    Thank you for opening your heart – your words resonate with me and remind me that I am love. And thanks for the James Taylor song! OjńĀrs

  • Jim

    WoW!! ¬†ūüôā It takes so much courage and strength to post ¬†feelings about life. ¬†I thank you for your posts and I can’t wait to read more…. ¬†¬†

  • MarieElaina

    Kathleen- you are BEAUTIFUL, BRAVE and INSPIRING! Great job !

  • CarrieT

    Oh Kathleen, that was so beautiful. It was EXACTLY what I needed to hear this morning. Thank you for sharing what you have learned with us and I’m so excited to read your future posts! Thank you Thank you! xoxo

  • Julesr12

    Just wanted to stop and thank you….Kathleen! So fun to watch you go and grow! Sometimes I forget from whence you’ve come , you make it look so easy. Yet I know you have really stretched.

  • Estee_horn

    I love the song and this was just what I needed Saturday morning!  Thank you!!

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