Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Leave Traces of Kindness

"We never touch people so lightly that we do not leave a trace." - Peggy Tabor Millin

This is a principle I have used to guide my interactions with others for many years now. I love the powerful way in which it is expressed by Peggy in these beautifully woven words.

It is my intention to remain open to others because you never know when your smile, your touch or your kind word could be the catalyst that begins a cycle of growth or awakening in another human being. There is also the distinct possibility that your kindness could help someone over a rough spot and or even give them the strength to continue.

Many people hide their struggles from others, feeling that it is a weakness to struggle at all. It is safe to assume that whatever kindness you can practice toward others is greatly needed in our world.

I know I often find myself wrapped up in my thoughts and miss opportunities to positively affect my world. But I hold the intention to create ripples of kindness, and so each time I notice myself closing in, I consciously choose to open and take every opportunity I can to fill the world with love and positivity.

Won't you join me?

Thursday, November 06, 2008

It's a Spiritual Thing

Many people and organizations have been trying for a very long time to eradicate poverty and other things that are detrimental to quality of life.

Many have given up because they find that changing someone's outward circumstances does not necessarily change a person's life. A person must be willing to change within before any real change will take place in their life.

That’s why welfare seldom works to raise people out of poverty. People must be willing to change in order to truly benefit from charity.

Whatever is within will find it's way into expression in one's outward circumstances. This is why some people can win millions of dollars and wind up broke within a short time, while others can lose fortunes and regain them in no time flat.

Just as we can't make a person wealthy by giving them money, we can't make a person generous by taking their money away.

It's a spiritual thing.

Call Me Pollyanna

I love the fact that our country has grown enough to elect a black president.

I am still not thrilled about some of Obama's ideas, though. I want to see everyone rise out of poverty and have what they need. I just don't want to see "redistribution of wealth" become a government mandate. I don't have a lot of money, so I am not coming from a greed standpoint, but from the standpoint of freedom.

The more we ask from the government, the more they take from us, and personally, I think they have taken enough already.

But I am holding out hope that the changes we need to make on our planet will be made from a spiritual base, instead of a legislative one.

Our world has come a long way in growing out of a lot of its harmful beliefs, and I know there is still a lot of room for improvement, but I believe in us. Hey, call me Pollyanna, but I believe.

"I am neither an optimist, nor a pessimist, but a possibilist." - Max Lerner