There’s no denying that our world is hurting, people are in pain and hate is all too common. The news and social media are draining and can quickly zap any positive energy. Since I have control of what I put into my head, I make a conscience effort to do what I can to keep it hopeful. I read news stories, but I know my limits. Sadly, my threshold is pretty low, but that’s who I am. I will go to my grave trying to promote peace, love and kindness because that’s how I feed my spirit. When I shift my focus and perspective I’m a whole lot happier. I choose to change the world, one heart at a time, instead of endless grumbling about the latest headline. It’s not much, but it’s all I’ve got and I honestly believe that if we all do a little to change the tone of our world, it would be amazing.
I’ve loved this quote for some time. I really should have it tattooed on my wrist, since I ask myself these questions every day.
Is it true?
This one is pretty easy for me. I have, on occasion fibbed to my kids about things, taking the easy way out. It worked when they were little, it has failed miserably now that they are young adults and call me out. They know my husband doesn’t have a forensic lab to test stuff at his office and they can tell when I’m stretching the truth about faux meat recipes, so I guess they are keeping me accountable.
Is it kind?
I need to pay attention to the things that are coming out of my mouth. I’m great at self-deprecation because I like to laugh at myself and keep things light, but sometimes that sass is directed at others. It’s meant to be light-hearted, but I’m sure doesn’t always come across that way.
Is it necessary?
This is probably the one I struggle with the most. I have the gift of gab, passed down to me from my dad. I grew up listening to my dad make small talk with just about anyone and I’m sure my boys would say I’m worse. I talk a lot, most of which is absolutely unnecessary and pure noise. I’m constantly working on this one, making sure the words I use are thought out and making a difference. Added bonus that if I talk less, it helps me listen more.
Is it helpful?
I don’t think that everything I say needs to be helpful, but I do need to make a better effort to improve lifting others up with my words.
Is it inspiring?
Our world is hurting, people are in pain and, sadly, they are taking that pain out on others. I don’t want to be part of the problem, but a part of the solution. I want to inspire others with my words, but more importantly with my actions. A genuine compliment goes a long way. Holding the door for a mom with a stroller is huge. Giving up your seat on a crowded train makes an impact. The list is endless.
I can’t control what’s going on in the world, but I can take more control of the things that happen in MY world. I must be the change I want to see in the world. The gym helps keep me in shape and mostly clean eating helps fuel my body, but my spirit comes alive when I do things for others. Nothing big, small simple tasks, but I know how amazing it feels to be on both ends. It feels good to have someone care enough to do something nice for you, but it feels amazing to do something nice for someone else. It’s even better when you can do it in secret so they are left with a smile and a little faith in humanity. The news focuses on the awful stuff, but I choose to feed my soul with the positive. Sometimes I have to really hunt it out or even create it myself, but at least it’s feeding my spirit. Work hard, eat right and pass on positive vibes.