I haven’t been on social media much over the past year. Outside of sharing images on Instagram, I’ve pretty much avoided the whole scene. I grew tired of all the nastiness that seemed to pop up everywhere. I couldn’t get past how vicious some people could be. The trolls were making me lose my faith in humanity. So – I stepped back. I took a much-needed break and I refocused my energies.
Volunteering with the homeless shelter reminded me of all my blessings.
Seeing my husband retire from his job as a law enforcement officer filled me with gratitude. After years of calls – he came home. Safely.
Photography classes reminded me that the world is beautiful – as are most people.
After being stuck in an office all week, I treasure the time I have outdoors. This weekend the weather was perfect for getting out the camera and having a little shutter time.
One of my favorite places to visit is the New Hanover Arboretum. I find it so relaxing. The flowers, the water feature, the animals – they all work together to take visitors to another place far away from troubles and worries – to a place where imagination rules and happiness abounds.
Here’s wishing you a wonderful day! May happiness find you!
Note: I wasn’t the recipient of the nastiness – just an observor who felt heartsick at what I witnessed.
One of my favorite stories tells of a young boy making his way down the beach. He comes across numerous starfish lying on the sand. Instead of walking by, he takes the time to toss some of the starfish back into the ocean. An old man witnesses his actions and comments that he’s wasting his time, that there’s too many of them and it won’t make a difference. The young boy then tosses another starfish into the water and replied, “It made a difference to that one.”
Everyone has causes that touch their hearts. And most of the time, if we dwell on the size and scope of that cause and the needs associated with it, it can become overwhelming. Take homelessness if you will. With so many in need of food, shelter and medical attention, it’s easy to see why so many people choose not to see the need. It’s easier to ignore the problem than to take action.
After coming across a post of Facebook about hygiene bags for the homeless, I decided to join the movement.
For less than $25.oo, I was able to put together three hygiene bags. I included things like socks, a hand towel, bandages as well as toiletries. While these bags only serve as a small band-aid on a gaping wound, I hope that the recipients realize that they aren’t forgotten. In a society that places too much emphasis and value on things of no consequence, it’s important to remember that no one should be relegated to the alone and forgotten category.
Theses bags have been placed in our cars to be given out as needed. And like the kid in the story, I hope that I can make a difference in the lives of those with whom I come in contact.
So – What moves you? Please comment on the things you’re doing to make the world a better place. You never know – your passion might inspire another to try and make a difference.