SET THE WORLD ON FIRE – START WITH YOU
The only real purpose to any life is the commitment one shows to helping others; to nurturing and supporting those who need it most.
Maya Angelou said something about that…I’ll misquote her but the point she made was that people will forget what you said and what you did, but they won’t forget how you made them feel.
It is vital that we validate and celebrate those whom we encounter, whether friends and relatives or passing acquaintances, because we have no idea just how important that validation may be to that individual.
Never doubt that we all struggle, in one way or another, and we could all benefit from a little more compassion and a gentle acknowledgement that we are not entirely alone.
Many of us silently struggle with challenges and many feel an overwhelming sense of loneliness and isolation. Many go through extended periods of self-doubt and battle with feelings of hopelessness.
Be the one to smile and put your own struggle aside, for a moment, for 20 seconds then 20 more; listen and really hear the answer to your question, “How are you?”
You’ll be surprised how differently you hear the answer when you truly listen and you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel about your own struggles when you actively practice empathy.
Do we have a deal? Maybe you already do this. Maybe you, like me, need a little reminder to do it a little more.
So, let’s set the world on fire with love and compassion. Positively participate in your life and the lives of those around you.
As I like to remind myself – we are not humans having a spiritual experience but rather spiritual beings having a human experience and that experience involves, perhaps demands, challenges and physical, mental and/or emotional struggles.
So, give yourself a break, give those around you a break and be kind, rather than blind to the hidden battles and battle scars of those around.
START WITH YOU.