I’m sure you are all aware of the tragic and horrifying events that have taken place this week, so I won’t go into detail. Instead, I write this post as a call to action.
I hear so many people say that they are sad to see there are bad people in the world, or lamenting “how could this happen?” I think we need to shift our perception, because this is a fear-based mindset that will only perpetuate more of these acts. Those shooters were once children who wanted love, and something happened to make them fear the world and think it was ok to perform such horrific crimes. Don’t get caught in that downward spiral. Look at these events and take this as an opportunity to show love and see the good in people, rather than live in fear that the world is evil.
So, I’m asking, no BEGGING, you to turn your sadness, anger and frustration into something constructive = LOVE.
Tell people you appreciate them. Your coworkers, family, the garbage man. Recognize good people and they will continue to be good.
Forgive someone who wronged you. You don’t have to say anything to them, nor do you have to accept what they did as ok. But let go of that resentment and move on so it no longer effects you.
Acknowledge someone you’d normally pass by. Make eye contact with that barista you see every morning without actually seeing, smile at that homeless guy on the corner, even if you have nothing to give him. These things go a long way, more than you realize.
Volunteer for a worthy cause. Provide service rather than throwing money at a problem. Your time is priceless, and there are so many in need this holiday season.
Smile at someone today. A real, big, heartfelt smile. You have no idea how much this could mean to someone. I’ve been told countless times by random people that my smile makes their day.
Thank you for reading today, and thank you so much for following our blog. You are all beautiful and have the power to change the world. Do your part.