Love Crosses Oceans

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It seems like we could all use a little more love these days.  The world seems like a pretty dark, hopeless, scary place.  We all feel alone some times.  History seems to continue to repeat itself, with wars and oppression and prejudices and anger.  It seems like we are stuck on repeat in a vicious, ugly cycle that we will never break.

It all started when I was reading a review of an inflatable sup review the other day.  Paddle boarding has always been something I’m interested in, and I was looking for my next purchase.  However, I made it to the comments of this review and all I saw was hurt.   Name calling, insults, invalidation, making people feel small and petty and insignificant.   People were cutting each other deep, all over an isup board.  While it sounds ridiculous, it’s true.  We are all a little hurt on the inside, and you know the saying that hurt people hurt people.

I want to challenge you to turn that around today.  You might be hurt by someone, but don’t return the hurt to someone else.  Change the trajectory.  You have the power to alter the course of history – for good!  Use the opportunity to bless someone instead.  Practice spreading random acts of kindness freely, and without any expectations.  Be a smile, a ray of sunshine, in someone’s life that desperately needs some light.

Be the love that crosses oceans.  No matter where you are.  Leave an encouraging message instead of one filled with criticism, even for a stranger.  Mail a note to a long lost friend and tell them all the things you appreciate about them.  Buy someone a coffee just because.  Give up the best seat in the house for someone who just needs a little grace.

Pour out hope, and it will return to you.  It may not be today, but it will find its way back to you.  All the awesome people in the world already trying this – thank you.  The world needs more of you.  And to the rest of you, what are you waiting for.  There’s no better time than the present to spread the love around.

And if your work goes unnoticed, that’s ok too.  If no one ever says thank you to your face, know that I’m saying it to you here.  You are the difference maker that this world needs.  You are valuable.  You are treasured.  Thank you for your gift of you to the world, and the happiness that this spreads.

Something Real to Care About

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This world seems to have lost its mind.

We focus on the bad, the things we hate, the things we wish were different.

Wars, rumors of wars, senseless killings across oceans and in our own backyards.

Too much weight, a smaller size, meal replacement shakes like IdealShape instead of real food.  Meanwhile, people go hungry from malnutrition.

Wasting water to avoid a donation to a cause, fighting causes and not diseases, fighting brothers instead of waging war against the cancer itself.

There is a lot of bad in the world.  But the problem comes when we focus on these bad things, instead of all the good that is still in the world today.

People get stuck on themselves.  Selfishness rules in the midst of these bad circumstances.  But the world is so full of glorious displays of unselfishness that deserve our focus.

When we focus on others unselfishness, we will usually find ourselves being unselfish as well.  And when we are unselfish towards others, that frees them to be unselfish as well.

Focus on the good today.  Start a chain reaction of human kindness everywhere you go.  I know I can use a reality check that pulls me out of my depressive thinking and gloom and doom worldview – the world really isn’t ALL bad.

And that’s cause to celebrate.

It’s time to start caring about something real in this world.  Positive energy put out there will return to you.  Let’s smile and focus on the good.

If you need some help getting started with this mind shift, check out the BuzzFeed below to restore your faith in humanity.

Yes, there is bad in the world.  But it doesn’t negate the good.  I would argue it’s quite the opposite- that we’re tipping the balance for the good.  Don’t you want to be a part of that?

Let’s start a positivity movement.  Pay it forward.  Random acts of kindness.  Whatever you want to call it – be the catalyst for change in your home.  Community.  Workplace.

And then smile and watch what happens!

Sources:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/the-world-isnt-such-a-bad-place

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Walk Forward in Hope

 

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I had a chance to sit down over a cup of tea with the daughter of a survivor of the Norwich Blitz the other day. I won’t soon forget this encounter. I haven’t had time to process all the wisdom and hope she shared, but as we parted ways, my heart was full to overflowing. How one person could exude such grace, understanding, and forgiveness is beyond me. I’ll share more soon, but I wanted to give you a glimpse into her heart with this short excerpt of our time together.

She reached into her tote to pull out a scrap of paper and a pencil – anything to scribble her number on that we might chat again. Out tumbled much of the contents of her bag, and she apologized, scrambling to contain the mess.

I saw her eyes change for just a second as they rested on one of the objects. It looked to be a mouth guard of some sort. She paused as her hand rested on it, and then picked it up with a laugh. “He said I snored. I searched and searched for the best anti snoring mouthpiece out there and finally found this – the Good Morning Snore Solution. After so much loss in your life, you don’t want a silly thing like snoring to build walls between you.”

She went on to share how with much of the same sentiment, her husband of 30 years went to buy earplugs. They had a good laugh as each of them presented their gifts to the other. No resentments, a promise they both shared. They realize the brevity of life, and how things can change in an instant, passed down from this generation of hope.

It struck me deeply, this cherishing of life, this keeping walls from building in relationships. It is quite intentional and involves a great deal of sacrifice of self. But this sweet lady, who has lived so much life, and with so much more to live, knows it is worth it.

I left with a desire to tear down some walls I built a long time ago, and the determination to keep them from being built. To walk forward in hope.

Won’t you join me?

 

 

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