Random Acts of Kindness

Many of us in the US are still in shock since the election. And now Thanksgiving is on its way. Some of you may wonder, “What do I have to be thankful for?” It’s hard for so many of us to see our country go the way of evil and hatred. It seems like an unthinkable, horrible, nightmare where there’s no escaping. This new incoming administration makes me think of the characters from Star Wars: Darth Sidious the emperor, aka “ Dark Lord of the Sith,” and his side kick, good old Darth Vader.

It has now become politically correct to be a racist. What a chilling thought. Yes, it’s hard to see and feel thankful when we sense the darkness approaching, but thankful we must be. We have to give gratitude that we are still a diverse and free society, and we must be mindful to keep it that way, and everything else we hold dear to our hearts.

After signing all the petitions until your eyes are blurry and maybe even marching in protests you still don’t feel empowered, try practicing random acts of kindness. It can be something so small as smiling at a complete stranger, or giving a child a much needed hug. Maybe you could run an errand for an elderly neighbor, or give a co-worker a ride, or volunteering. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you expect nothing in return, and it comes from the heart. And that smile for the stranger may go farther than you could ever imagine.

Love is empowerment, and random acts of kindness will always trump hatred. So get out there and make caring contagious, and be grateful that you can.

Are You Happy Being Miserable?

Some people seem to be, but are you? Do you dump on others–especially your parents for all your bad decisions? Do you keep yourself living a life of despair because it’s what you know and just easier? Stop being a drama queen or king, and certainly stop with the me, me, me, attitude. No one is really happy being miserable and that’s why it’s time to change how you’re living your life.

Stand up and take responsibility for all the awful choices you have made. We all make them, but the person that wants to live in harmony accepts them and moves on. Why are you still blaming your parents for what you think is the truth? Do you really believe that they favored your sibling over you? Unless you were abused, lived with alcoholics or drug users, get over it and move on–you are an adult now, aren’t you? The person who really wants to find the joy in life lives in the present. You are really a lost puppy if you are still living in the past.

Start looking at what you can do to make the changes needed in your life to be a balanced and happy person. You owe it to yourself not to live a life of misery. Try gratitude on for size, it’s guaranteed to grow your soul. And don’t forget loving something besides yourself.

“The bell of mindfulness tolls in each moment, inviting us to come to our senses, reminding us that we can wake up to our lives, now, while we have them to live.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

Don’t let the rip tides pull you under. Learn to flow with the ocean currents of life.

Appreciation

“Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life.” ~ Christiane Northrup

Do you appreciate the fact that you’re alive? Sometimes days just melt into one another and time flies by. Before you know it, another year in your life has slipped by without you even noticing. It seems like we’re all on a fast track and there’s no time just to kick back and smell the roses–heck, you’re probably too busy watering them and haven’t taken the time to notice their individual beauty.

It’s important to unplug and get outside that busy head of yours and learn to slow down. It’s amazing when you slow down how everything around you appears new and so alive. You start to see people in a different light and enjoy their company. You find yourself really listening to what they have to say. You stop judging and take up accepting instead.

When you are appreciative for everything in your life you are fully awake and not sleep walking anymore. All your senses come alive–even food tastes better. You are now a patient, stress free, and kind human.

Practice appreciation and see how your life will change.

By the way, I appreciate all of you!

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“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” ~ Ashley Smith

Don’t Shovel it Back

When people throw their negative energy your way, it’s natural to want to shovel it right back in their face, but don’t. Step back if you have to and learn to be silent instead.

Saying nothing doesn’t mean that you have let these negative leeches have their way, oh no, quite the opposite I would say. People who love to put their negative energy right out there for all to see, and especially want to hook on to you, are so locked up in their own head that anything you say will only make the situation much worse. These people have made a career out of being miserable and want you to be just as miserable. That’s why being silent or even walking away is best.

No one really sees how they are acting and that goes double for the negative vampires. Try your best to stay away from them, and certainly don’t invite them to be your friend. But if staying away is impossible because they are at work, your neighbor, or even in your family, just take a deep breath and mentally go far away to even a different land if you can!

You can’t do anything about the negativity in others, but you can in yourself. Be grateful for who you are and what you have, and always look on the bright side of things. You feel good when you surround yourself with positive energy and life becomes so sweet. If nourished, positive energy will always win, and you can walk right by those negative souls and not feel a thing.

“People Inspire you, or they drain you–pick them wisely.”
~ Hans F. Hansen

Enjoy Every Minute

“Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create that fact.” ~ William James

Enjoy every minute of your life no matter how challenging at times it can be. Hey, you’re alive, you’re here, and it doesn’t get any better than that.

Some lives are so short you wonder how that can be, and what was the point indeed. But have you ever noticed that those short lives were the most profound? It’s as if the precious being just starting out in life, and the beautiful soul in the prime of their life were sent here on some very important mission. Maybe the mission was about loving each other and cherishing life.

This sounds so simple, but do we really do it? Not always. Once in a while something gets our attention and we think about enjoying our lives, but soon we are right back in our old ways. Too many lives get caught up dealing with unhappiness, stress and pettiness. What a shame.

It’s time to wake up no matter what your age and pledge to enjoy what “IS” in your life. Be grateful for your life no matter what you’re going through at this very moment. life is in constant change and so your life will be too. Today’s misery will turn into tomorrow’s joy and continue on like the tide until you die.

The important thing to remember is to flow with your life always being mindful and enjoying every minute that you have. Don’t forget, you are in control of your life.

“There is just one life for each of us: Our own.” ~ Euripides

Be Who You Are

Letter to Myself: “Dear Me show me how to be Me today.”
~ Robert Holden

You do know who you are… right? You’re that wonderful creature that’s always happy with a smile on your face and having a kind word and very helpful toward everyone. You’re full of adventure and wonderment, and have no expectations or demands on your life, or for that matter, anyone else’s.

You are a very grateful soul just content to be alive flowing from moment to moment with positive energy bursting out from all sides, but you already know this… don’t you? Well, deep down inside you do. This is the you that is known as your “Spirit.” It’s the real you, but a lot of the time it gets kicked to the side as your ego takes over the reins of your life and tells you the way it should be. Don’t listen; ego is full of lies.

Don’t let society define who you are. Don’t listen to the dishonesty surrounding you. Go deep within yourself and connect to the lovely being that you are. Don’t fear the who you might be, but instead trust that the universe put you where you are right now to be the who you are.

“Love after Love” by Derek Walcott

The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.