Working a full time job, raising two daughters, attempting to have a social life, trying to make my family proud, and trying to make myself proud are things I do every day. I'm now beginning my journey of giving. This is step one.
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In every moment of every day we are presented with opportunities that can either enhance our existence or tarnish the perception of our personalities. We must constantly ask ourselves if we are making the right decisions for our names...our legacies. We must constantly decipher whether or not we are doing things that are making our lives and the lives of those around us better. If the answer we find is that we are only thinking of the things that will bring us happiness, we must then ask ourselves what the next step is. Do we ignore our selfishness and continue on our own path completely ignoring the needs of those we encounter? Do we make a change and make a conscious decision to do better for those around us? If we choose the latter, what does that look like? What changes would we need to make to truly help others?
Keep in mind the type of help we offer does not need to be monetary. We all do not have the fiscal freedom to throw dollars at others' problems. The help we offer can be our time, an encouraging word, or even a hug or smile in a time of need.
The only thing that matters is that we help. We all must follow our own path and search for a peace in our own destiny. My purpose is not to talk anyone into doing anything they're not comfortable with. My purpose is to encourage without judgement, and spread love without limitations. If you choose to be more than one life to this world, I applaud you. If you choose to be only what you need for yourself at the moment, I encourage you to find your happiness and eventually find a space you are comfortable in... a space you can live in and encourage others as I will encourage you. I encourage you to find your happiness not only in yourself, but in others. I encourage you to push the walls of your comfort zone a little further every day, or every year. Move at a pace that keeps love and peace in your life, but do not forget we have an obligation to one another to love and assist.
Our world is filled with people who not only overlook others in need, but pretend they don't exist. They tell themselves, "If I don't experience it in my life, it's not real." They are intentionally blind to the crying out we all see on a daily basis. Think, though, if we all lived life that way where would our world end up? What type of existence would we be creating for our children? What type of adults would we be raising? What type of foundation would we be upholding for our elderly? We need to take a closer look at ourselves sometimes. So take your steps. Move at a comfortable pace. But keep moving. Keep pushing toward a better you. Keep pushing toward a better world. Keep pushing toward love.
~until next time