Hello dearest friend.
Today, over a cup of coffee, I yearn to pour love and celebration into each other's hearts.
Sometimes it's hard. I know how much hurt resonates in our hearts as we watch news stories unfold, spreading information of things often times too difficult, too sad to truly comprehend.
I understand how this feels. Sometimes finding myself turning off the TV when things are too heavy.
The beauty of this life though, is that despite these times that are hard and cold, there are many, many blessings that surround us if we take the time to seek the good.
We are here, on the same river, moving towards an unwritten future and we have the ability to encourage others and allow others to encourage us as we navigate through this gift called life. There is goodness in kindness, in insignificant acts of graciousness, in beautiful memories that linger.
This life is made perfectly sweet because of it's precious shortness.
I encourage you to seek surprises, seek the good, share and pour love within someone who just might be crying deep down for a glimmer of light.
A few things that inspire me today are.....
1. Jillian Carney's We Stop Hate Club
The former teacher in me swooned over a recent hellogiggle article which shined light on an initiative by a high school student in West Virginia. Jillian created an initiative, her very own social media movement to encourage her fellow students to love themselves, remember they are created uniquely beautiful, and remind each other that they can succeed no matter what circumstances surround them.
Encouraging kindness among young minds really resognated with me and the thought that there is a safe haven, allowing youth to create compliment-grams for people to purchase during lunch for only $0.50, and that each gram comes with an encouraging compliment and two Hershey kisses (<-such a wonderful finishing touch..right??!) truly lifted my spirit. Peers encouraging peers and encouraging each other to love themselves just as they are is so incredibly invaluable, such a reason to celebrate.
2. City of Asylum, Pittsburgh PA
When I first discovered the City of Asylum in Pittsburgh, I was moved and encouraged in ways I never imagined. In 2004, the City of Asylum opened doors on Sampsonia Way with a very specific mission; to provide homes, a sanctuary to endangered literary writers, so that they can continue to write and their voices would not be silenced. The artists who have lived there over the years have painted their stories and expressed themselves through art on the exterior walls of these homes; resulting in a colorful and expressive neighborhood that encourages advocacy and inspires as a result.
3. A Grandmother's Journey
This story touched my heart in more ways than one. Instagram has an incredibly notorious ability to document a whirlwind of topics. Every now and then however, something relieves the chaos enabling us to take a step back for some much needed inspiration.
One of these discoverys is through tanks_travels, an instragram feed that chronicled the story of a grandmother's journey with her son named Tank. While I don't personally know Tank or his grandmother, I am so thankful a photo of their journey appeared in my search feed. Beneath the first photo of their journey, Tank explains "After years of begging, pleading, and bribing, finally convinced my 86 year old grandma to take her on a trip abroad. Told her I'd take her anywhere in the world, she chose Vancouver so here we go."
With both he and his grandmother embracing the trip wholeheartedly, we are fortunate to have a glimpse into their journey. From sitting in first class to sipping coffee, these photos chronicle discovery of a woman in an up close and personal way. Encouragement can be found in the motivation to never lose the insatiable desire to appreciate the known and explore the new.
What is encouraging you today?
From the Author
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