I have four little words that can stop me in my tracks at times! ‘What would people think?’ has made me pause, second guess and stop an embarrassing number of times. I decided to ignore…
One of the Little Moments that Fear tried to Steal
Fear can feel like it cost you everything, in a single moment or a zillion little moments. Here is an example of one little moment.
What if we said “Hello” and smiled at strangers more? What if we didn’t care if we seemed weird…or fill in the blank with whatever that thought of fear suggests, and which prevents us from reaching outside of ourselves to a stranger.
I met someone recently who shared that they had felt isolated and alone since moving to a new area almost a year ago. His impression was that the people were cold and unfriendly. Then he shared that a woman passing by in a store said, ‘Hello’ and smiled. He was startled because it had been so long since a stranger had acknowledged him.
I can’t stop thinking about how such a simple gesture made this guy feel better and affected his day in a positive way. Not only his day but a week later it was still on his heart and he smiled as he shared the story.
So many of us are surrounded by people yet feel more alone and isolated than ever. We should be on a mission to love humanity back to life.
For all of us who feel overwhelmed by the question, “What can I do?” Well, maybe it starts with a smile.
This guy who seems a bit shy and withdrawn over what life has handed him has a new and fresh perspective of… “What if I step out and just gave a smile? What could it do?” because he knows now what it did for him.
Just another day of learning how to use our super powers.
Together, we can turn this world around. Good always defeats evil in the end, we just have to stop listening to the evil.
Evil will never tell you how good you are, how strong you are, or what a difference you can make.
Evil despises your capacity to love, and your potential for good, which promotes hope. Hope makes it harder to control us with fear.
So start with the kindness of a smile and give freely. Be on guard, because evil is there always. It tries to steal that kindness by suggesting that you pick and choose who you are kind to. It will try to pass judgment on people that are ‘different’ and suggest you pass them by. So give freely, and randomly. Remember the people whose paths you cross are frequently not accidental; don’t miss an opportunity.
Smiles are free and unlimited until your last breath. I hope to die with a big smile on my face as the biggest “screw you” to the evil lined up against all of us; we’re all in this together.
Love ya Sweets
If you think you have enough friends, you are wrong! The people who love me the most, like crazy, have only come into my life the last few years. I had to be open to it. So glad I was, because to have never had the times and memories I do would be heartbreaking to know I missed out on this kind of love, that not only loves on me but my entire family. Who is missing from your life? What gifts get stolen when we live without open minds and hearts…….
This happened to me! Back in 1998. We were new to the neighborhood and the much older woman who lived next door would walk to the end of the driveway to get her mail about 15 feet away from my mailbox. I would greet her each day calling out from my mailbox, how are you today? No reply…I would do this for about 5 days with no response Why does this woman hate me, are we bad neighbors, has she misunderstood something? She won’t even look at me. So now I am taking this personally and would avoid being outside at the same time. I would wait for her to get her mail then I would get mine. One day I was pulling into the driveway and thought oh no when I saw her outside. I felt judged and rejected by this woman. That day when I got out of the car she was just standing in her driveway looking at me with a smile…..I was confused. As I had to walk past her she called out, I was wondering when we would get to meet. This totally confused me. I told her, “I have said hello several times when you check your mail.” “Oh no sweetie. I don’t hear very well and my eyes sight is failing.” Her name was Veronica but her friends called her Ronnie she told me. Ronny and I became friends that day and checked the mail every day together where we would stand and chat. Ronny would share with me how much she looked forward to checking the mail because that always meant a hug from me in the driveway and she wasn’t so lonely anymore. I wasn’t as lonely anymore either. She would want to know everything going on with my husband and kids; she just wanted to talk. See what tried to get stolen from both of us? I didn’t call her Ronny, I called her Miss Veronica. She would later tell me, “no one calls me Veronica anymore, except you and that is what my mother called me…I think about my mom often now, and she has been gone so long I almost forgot her. But because of you, I love to think back about all those years ago.” Miss Veronica was the best 88-year-old friend a girl could have.
I have tried for as long as I can remember to be kind and loving to almost every person I have encountered in my life. It was a decision I made because I just want to be better. Whether it is just locking eyes and smiling or simply saying hello. I try to be a light in the place, because in life we are all here trying to live which sometimes is really hard. Overwhelming to some, so much so it pushes some of us to do things and say to things to each other that are not right.
Calling all of humanity……..
Can we just call a giant time out! Worldwide, every single one of us! We are all so different in so many ways, or experiences have defined us and made us who we are today. Some of us have experienced so much sadness and loss that your reality would be unimaginable to most of us. On the other side we have one thing in common. Each of us has only one live to live…… that is it! One life we are given here. We are born innocent with one common need and desire to be nurtured and loved.
What happened to us??
Remember life before all the wounds and scars? All the words that pierced through your heart? All the sadness that sits on your chest as if you will suffocate and die from all the loss? Do you remember yourself before all the hurt, that turned to bitterness and anger to rage to unforgiveness to revenge and back around again….. and again.
Humanity do you remember that child, that small hopeful soul who had hopes and dreams for a future? Who wished no harm on anyone until harm was introduced to them?
We all start out innocent… when did it become to have little or no concern for human life? Each life is for a reason. Each of us is made to do something extraordinary and what if we just as humanity agreed for a timeout and in that timeout we pulled a 180 and all just agreed to use all our powers for good and not evil. We agree to support, nurture, and root for each other to help others overcome the hurts and the wounds. There is a whole army of little souls out there we can change history for. We can teach them we would all be better off caring and being kind to one another rather than hurting and killing each other. We are not always going to agree on stuff, but if we could get it together and agree on one thing!
One Life! How about we put away our bombs, guns, swords, but most of all our words. Our words are the most powerful things we have and each of us can change the world, but most of us have no idea because we have chosen to believe the voice inside who is there to remind us of who we are not.
Change your words and you can change the world. The next person may not do this but you are not them, you are you, and you can change you! Be an inspiration to the people you meet and the people in your life and you just do that over and over again. Come on!! Your words have power use them always for good and not evil! Let’s make that the new normal and we can turn this around. Let’s stop hurting each other and see what happens when we care for one another.
I have just one life here and I want it to be amazing. I want yours to be amazing too! We can do this people!!
Your words are your superpower how will you use them to now to build someone up, or tear them down.
Please except this mission because you will be brilliant at it!
Love you all, Mama Stacey