Recently our world was rocked by many natural disasters. These types of situations tend to bring out the best and worst in people. I’m lucky to have not been directly impacted by the Hurricanes, earthquakes or forest fires but I know many who have been. My sister lives in Tampa, Florida and stayed to wait out the hurricane there. That was a nerve racking few days, waiting to hear how she was fairing. I’m relieved to say that she and her family are safe. I bring up my sister because it was her generosity and kindness that made me want to write this post.
She was on Facebook offering supplies to those who needed it. When she still had power she offered to have people come take showers or do whatever else they needed to do at her house. As the storm approached she posted regularly to share where she was finding supplies and often offered to pick up items that others were unable to get.
It’s people like this that make the world a better place. Kindness costs nothing but is the most treasured gift. All it takes is some effort on each of our parts. I think we could all be more like my sister and help others when we see a need.
You don’t need a natural disaster to start being kind to others. You can spread kindness through your every day interactions. Smile at strangers. Hold the door open for someone. Cheer up a friend who’s having a hard time. There are so many things we can all do as individuals to help make this world a better, brighter place.
How will you spread love and kindness?
I’ve been reflecting a lot on how I can improve as a person. Sure, I’m pretty alright as-is but how do I become the best version of myself? I’d like to learn how to communicate with others better. I tend to let my emotions get the best of me so I’d like to learn to communicate those feelings better. I want to spend more quality time with those I care about but also give myself time to be alone and reflect. My last major improvement, besides just being all around “better”, would be to cut back on shopping. I buy a lot of stuff. Look at my Instagram, or visit my house and it’s clear. I’ve started cutting back but there’s still room for improvement.
This weekend was pretty freakin’ busy! We had plans every day and now we’re spending our Sunday evening resting up and watching The Tick. Even though it was busy it was still really fun. I love spending so much time with Fletch. He truly brings out the best in me. Before him I was a short tempered, impatient, argumentative lady who couldn’t stay in a relationship longer than three months. While I am still those things at times and depending on the topic, I’ve learned to pick my battles. I’ve learned to let go of petty things and focus on forgiving.
If you’ve watched the news over the past days you know what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia. It’s been a week and I’m still not sure I’ve found the right words to say about what happened. I’m disgusted and angry. I knew that there were people out in the world who were filled with hatred but what happened last Saturday was truly terrifying. A group of white supremacists gathered for a rally to supposedly protest the tearing down of a statue of Robert E. Lee, a confederate general. Individuals opposing the white supremacists counter-protested. Violence ensued. A state of emergency was issued.
I watched what was going on, tears filling my eyes. I’m writing this in a local coffee shop and as I type it’s all I can do to not let more tears stream down my face.
What do we do next?
Friday morning Fletch left for a last minute trip out of town. It isn’t often that Fletch goes out of town so I’m trying my best to enjoy my solo time, even if it’s difficult and I miss him. This time alone has me reflecting a lot on relationships and finding true happiness. I enjoyed a lovely evening with my friend, Jessica, on Friday and a scrumptious lunch with my friend, Bunny, on Saturday. Both encounters sparked really deep conversations. One about the stuff I buy and the future, the other about death and fear.
These discussions had me thinking about where I put importance, what do I hold as valuable? Is it buying and keeping stuff? Is it on planning for the future? Being a mom? Spending time with friends and family? How do I live a happy and meaningful life?