Sometimes it’s distracting to enthuse about so many things. Writing. Baking. Gardening. Making homemade wine. Creating. Bursting into song at the slightest provocation. Exchanging corny puns with a friend. Sneaking bites of chocolate behind my own back.
It is sad that so many people don’t experience a zest for life. Depression, sense of failure, lack of self-validation, distressing life situations, unexpected illness, lack of inspiration, and despair run rampant in many lives.
If each of us reaches out with a smile and word of encouragement to one person each day, what a difference it can make!
Many a difficult day in my life was turned around by a simple gesture of kindness on the part of strangers.
Those moments when we don’t have the where-with-all to demonstrate we care, are the exact moments when doing so can shift our world. As we offer, something greater flows through us, healing us as it passes.
Look for ways to reach out.
Hand out candy bars to street workers. Set out a package of cookies for the trash collectors. Put a box of chocolate samplers in the mailbox for your postal worker. Distribute socks to the homeless woman standing on the corner. Give an extra-large tip to a hard-working server. Smile at people even if you don’t feel like smiling. (It takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown and a smile shifts your body energy up a notch.) Allow another driver in front of you at the freeway exit. Text a brief hello to a friend. Toss birdseed into your yard or peanuts for the squirrels. Volunteer at the local animal rescue facility.
Don’t forget to care about you.
Buy flowers for your dining table. Take a long soaking bath (although this may mean forcing yourself to scrub the tub first). Watch that awesome movie that no one else likes. Walk in the grass barefoot. Put on your favorite music and dance on the furniture. Eat popcorn for breakfast. Go listen to a local band playing at the park. Join a meet-up group with similar interests to get yourself back into circulation. Spend daily time in prayer or meditation. Get out into nature – go for a walk or sit under a tree. Join a yoga or tai chi class. Eat more veggies. Begin a list of things you are grateful for and commit to adding at least one item every day.
Know that I am thankful for you. I appreciate you taking a moment to read what I share. Writing feeds my soul. May you also find something on this day that puts a twinkle in your eye!
Take life into your own hands and make it happen. It’s your life; Lead it.
Follow this Cosmic Gathering blog to automatically receive future posts! (click on blue in right side column of this page)
Ellie’s Latest Book: PATHWALKER (see side bar —–>)
Review: … This is the BEST non-fiction book I have read in years. I could not put it down! The story is super engaging, Eleni, the main character, is so wise and inspiring. The story of a community based on deep respect, for the earth, for nature, and for each other, gives me hope in these times of corruption, chaos and extreme unrest… more reviews
Ellie Note: Any ads inserted below this article are advertisements selected by WordPress to support their free blogs, which I fully appreciate. The ads do not necessarily represent me or my works.