I'm a really big "Pay-it-Forward" person ... so I blog and write books and have a Motivational Facebook page and I smile . I think that smiling is one of the easiest ways of sharing joy and of brightening another person's day. With that in mind ... I hope you enjoy my "Monday Motivation From the Heart"
“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and along these fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” … Henry Melville
Life’s a real push me-pull me adventure. Each of us has such a huge impact on the people around us and they … in return … affect us as well. The world around the water cooler is a lovely microcosmic illustration of how quickly the most simple of comments and actions can escalate into outright negative effects and repercussions. It’s the old you get me … so I get you … and then you get me … and then … well you get the picture.
I may never know all of the effects that come cascading off of my actions. Take smiling for example … Smiling is a way of life for me … and likewise sharing said smiles with all and sundry around me is also my norm. I like it that way. Usually … but not always … people smile back. Sometimes it takes them a little while to let the smile filter through their defenses … but in general Ms Perky and I have a pretty high success rate in the “share-a-smile-with-a-stranger-today” program. We don’t know exactly how that will affect everyone else’s day but we like to imagine that the good feelings will spread like the smell of a yummy barbeque on a breezy summer day.
Here we all are living on this tiny little planet … whizzing around our hot ball of fire at a phenomenal speed … and whilst it may seem like we’re simply a bunch of disconnected individuals each doing our thing down here … like Henry Melville … I believe that we’re all connected to each other. Sometimes that looks like the outpouring of support and caring that comes after a big tragedy and sometimes it looks like Tim Horton’s supporting a community baseball team. Sometimes caring about our “fellow man (or woman)” looks like contributing to a “cause” and other times it’s simply sitting and listening to someone. In the end I think that it doesn’t matter how big or small my actions are … it’s whether or not I actually make them. So … Ms Perky, Miss Sunshine and I plan on continuing our campaign of community-sharing-of-smiles and we trust that Life will continue to provide that extra little boost of yum.
Beautiful. So many times I talk myself out of this spark, this fire, because it scares me. I am not sure where I will end up if I fan the flames. I need to let my zest for Life and my excitement overpower my fears and trust that where I go is where I am meant to be. Thanks.
“Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles…. it empties today of its strength.”
“We are all born with a divine fire in us. Our efforts should be to give wings to this fire and fill the world with the glow of its goodness. ” … Abdul Kalam
Ah-h-h-h yes … the fire. I recognize The-Fire-of-Life. Been there … done that … came out the other side of Life’s campfire looking like a roasty, toasty marshmallow! Most amazing of all … (to me anyway) … is that it seems that I have absorbed a part of aforementioned fire … and it’s not going away! Perhaps this newly acquired blaze is the reason for Sunshine Sue’s fancy, new sunglasses.
In retrospect I think that Abdul Kalam is correct and that there was always a spark of Life’s “Divine fire” inside of me … and that maybe … as with any simmering nugget … it simply needed a little encouragement and a few extra puffs of “Life-breath” to really spark it up. It would seem that I am a brand new campfire … carrying Life’s warmth and encouragement … and my own sunny and bright nature wherever I go. I flow and Life glows. How great is that!??!
I am on a new road these days. Unlike my previous road which required a fair bit of maintenance to keep traffic moving … travelling on this one is a pleasure. When I wonder where I am supposed to go next Life thoughtfully provides kind strangers and synchronistically placed directional signs for my enlightenment. I never stay lost or confused for long on this road … between Life’s spotlight (can’t miss potholes with that shining on them!) … and my own inner fire I’m feeling … not only toasty warm … but also very motivated to keep moving. I’m not sure if my little corner of the “Divine Fire” will “fill the world with the glow of its goodness” … but what I am sure of is that the fire’s constant presence has Perky Polly breaking out enough hot dogs, marshmallows and cold drinks for a huge crowd … and if she is getting ready for a party … then so am I. Bring on the glow girls … it’s time to share some joy.
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