Hello my fellow blog lovers and supporters!
What a crazy week weather wise we have been having huh? Blazing hot and now I literally saw my breath walking to the Go-Train the other morning and now back to hot again – Nuts!
What has also been crazy has been the SENSELESS killing, terror and hurting of innocent people around the globe this past weekend – I don’t know about you, but this has left me shaken and lost. This sense of loss and purpose really got me to look within and discover what can I do when thoughts and prayers really are not enough.
Allow me to explain…
Now this blog, is not going to be the typical – ‘Us Vs Them’, ‘Lone Gunman Vs Terrorist’ portrayal in the media or the ABSOLUTE need for stricter gun control in the United States. These are all relevant topics and quite frankly these are already rampant on social media and in the media itself, so my 2 cents really won’t make a ripple in the tidal wave of ‘after the fact’ responses that we are all being inundated with at the moment and for days to come – No, I choose to take a different approach – An approach that ALL of us can take and can truly make a difference in this world for the better. Simply put – Be the change you wish to see in this world.
I know this quote has been thrown around over the years, looks lovely on a carefully crafted Meme or sounds profound when discussing current events and you want to give your own 2 cents on how we need to change the world, but what does it actually mean?
Many of us see and feel overwhelmed by the events happening around us every day – homelessness, war, destruction, death, shootings, hatred, you name it – And many, if not all of us think – Well I’m just one person, what the hell can I do to change this or have a positive impact with something so large and so pervasive in society?
Turns out, we have been looking at this all wrong – It’s not what can we do to tackle these huge problems, it’s what can we do living our day to day lives to cause a ripple effect for possible global change. That is the answer in my opinion.
Believe it or not – You, yes YOU ‘Joe blow’, ‘Debbie nobody’ have the capacity to impact lives!
How you choose to live your life, directly or indirectly impacts those around you. Let me say it again – How YOU choose to live your life, impacts those around you!
Let me tell you a story – A few years ago, when I was still in my belly dancing troupe phase of my life – Yes this did happen 😛 I remember this one time before a performance we were putting on locally, myself and some fellow dancers decided to drop into a Starbucks that was close to where we were getting ready. We entered and went to the counter all decked out in our glittery gear and make up. I was the last of us to get to the counter to order. When I got to the counter the lovely girl behind the counter took one look at me and her jaw dropped and she blurted out “it’s, you” “it’s really you” Now I was confused and bewildered at her reaction, and I responded with, “Um yeah it’s me” “You don’t remember me do you?” Sadly, no I did not. “You work at White Spot right?” “No I haven’t worked there in like 3 years” I said “I remember you were working there. We were both on the bus and we had a conversation. I really needed to talk to someone that day, I was feeling really down and there you were. You really helped me that day and I knew that if I ever got to meet you again I wanted to say thank you.” Well I was completely taken aback and moved. How could my benign small talk with a complete stranger on public transit over 3 years previously have affected someone so greatly?
Whatever the reason, it did, and from that point forward I have never taken for granted how a kind word, a kind gesture or kind act can positively affect someone. All of US hold that power and it is up to each of us to dispel it in our day to day lives in how we choose to live and interact with others daily.
THIS we can control. So instead of thinking of the big issues that would paralyze anyone with their sheer magnitude and complexity, instead try thinking small, and how you can be the catalyst to start that domino effect of more positivity and healing in a world that quite frankly needs a shit ton of it. For as I clearly found out, you just never know who you might be affecting in the process, and that includes yourself.
Thank you all once again for coming along on this blogging journey with me, you taking the time to read my ramblings each week does not go unnoticed or unappreciated. But, before we go let me ask you this, has a stranger’s kind act ever impacted you unknowingly or have you impacted someone unknowingly with a kind act yourself?
I really can’t wait to hear all of your stories!
Until we meet again,
Love & Light Especially Now,
I send to you always,