So excited to see the response to this! I think this speaks volumes of the deep need we all feel for beauty, love and kindness in the world. Its easy to think the world has lost these things, if the only thing we listen to is the talking heads on TV, watch the headlines, or scroll through the comment section on any given mass marketed website. We may begin think of life only in terms of red vs. blue, right vs. left, us vs. them. I have to admit, I used to feel like I needed to add my voice to the chorus, to try to get people to see my point, how my way of life would save them. But then I realized this just made me feel yucky inside. Plus its just downright ridiculous to think that I have all the answers. Or any answers, really. I realized that I was not adding more love and peace to the world trying to convince anyone of anything. I realized I wasn't even being kind to MYSELF. I was trying to live up to my own crazy standards, and then feeling like I was failing every. single. day. Everyday, I'd have a whole list of do's and don'ts that I actually felt would somehow make me a more worthy person if I accomplished it all. Then I'd be wracked with guilt if I "failed", if I was impatient with my kids (aka yelling at them), or if I didn't fold that basket of laundry AGAIN, I didn't write that day AGAIN, and on and on. And one day, I just stopped. I decided to simply live in each moment as it came, and try to be kind to myself, and everyone around me, even if they (or I) was acting like a real "buns-hole" that day. (did you just giggle? I did. ) Oh, and even if I wasn't kind in every moment, I decided to forgive myself. I decided to be curious about, instead of irritated by, that person on TV, (or the angry commenter on a website) spewing out their own worldview as though it actually would save the world if only everyone would agree with them. How did they get that way? Why are they acting like that? OH...they want to feel safe in the world. They want people to approve of them. Maybe they are a little afraid of what they are seeing in the world. OH. Just like me.
I decided to stop spewing anything at the world, and try my hardest to only give out love, because THAT is the one thing I'm sure of that is required of me as a human being. I don't have to convince anyone of anything, except perhaps that they are loved too. EVERYONE wants to feel loved, encouraged, like maybe they are ok as they are after all.
Let's let people know they are loved with our own words, images, artwork, poems we write or poems we love. Let someone's day be brightened with a little surprise love note (your creation!) in their daily routine. Please, please don't be shy to send me something. Don't even think about feeling that whatever you're thinking about sending in might not be good enough. This is a collaborative effort, and I'm so excited to get this community going. Please join the mission. Save the world with kindness and beauty. Please?