It’s easy to judge and to be harsh – I catch myself all the time. Without snap judgements, we argue, the species might not be where it is today. Right…?
The deeper reality is that Life is hard. The more positive we can be, and the more we can bring light into our own lives, and to those around us, the better the ride for us all. There are so many wounded souls, evil in their actions, to whom I wished I could have stressed this point (maybe with a fist!) over my lifetime. . . But along the way I realized it takes oneself to learn, to know the difference, and to make the change – wishing does nothing.
To, however, act in such a way ourselves is to lead by example. Any day could be the one that our upstanding or positive attitude alters the destiny of another.
A single word or gesture is capable of changing a Life – we never know the wars raging around us, nor do others know the ones we face ourselves daily. To inspire a smile can create shifts so great that – without even realizing – you shed light on a once darkened path for a once hopeless soul. Life-giving indeed. . .
Shine you light, for you have much to give, and in so doing brighten the world.
I love this quote from Autism Speaks – there’s nothing more important that encouraging children (your own, or otherwise!) by focusing on their strengths and positives.
Autism Speaks, Dr. Temple Grandin
The world critiques enough, wearing down the strongest and most brave. . . Therefore at least give children (if not also yourself and your loved ones!), unhindered by the “should,”s “can’t”s, and “bad”s of adult conditioning, the opportunity to meet life with confidence and a smile.
As they say, worry is a not a present emotion, but a future projection (potentially horrendously false!)
Remember your strengths, and stay in the moment – often when the world is said to be ending, the sun comes up unhindered the next day (along with the birds joyfully singing.)
Trust, faith, whatever you want to call it. . . Have some.
Cultivate it in every aspect of you Life.
You aren’t where you are by accident – trust the process, and embrace what it, and those around you, are teaching you. . .
I’ve shared these time and time again, but am tempted to print them and post them around just because…
Some days a tiny, random nudge of encouragement can make h u g e difference.
Share the goodness.
I loved this image. . .because it – broadly, in essence – is something I feel profoundly.
The light never does go out completely – the Universe still has quite a bit of (illuminated) stardust to go around!
And if ever night seems utterly stygian, you are certain to find starlight in the eyes, and words, and embraces of those you love. You need only look, and receive.