i didn’t have the heart to post anything last week. i struggled to create content for my instagram and for our shop’s social media pages. it didn’t feel right, so i spent the week reflecting and thinking about the victims and what i could do as an individual person to help the current situation in our country. it’s tough, and without getting too far into it, i was feeling really insignificant.
but the more i thought about it, the more i realized that my one contribution that i could make to society would be to treat others kindly, even when i’m not feeling my best, and to continue to love and appreciate life. if my joie de vivre affects just one person in a positive way, then that’s sharing the light, that’s leaving a legacy.
we have to turn our pain into activism. and by that i don’t mean that we all have to stand on the steps of congress every day of our lives. i just mean that we need to funnel our energy into positive actions in our communities, in the lives of the people we encounter on a daily basis, even in our own homes. right now, we only have lucas, and he’s the light of all of our lives. i can only hope that he learns from his grandparents and aunties and momma how to love, how to be sensitive, how to be strong, how to foster and project positivity. and it’s rough in this day and age, when so much anger and destruction is in our face on social media and the news every single day. we didn’t grow up with that, but now it’s a constant in our lives and we have to train ourselves to not let these things weigh us down and keep us from having faith in humanity.
what if, instead of sharing negative news…what if we tried to share one positive news story a day? there are tons of them out there. there are veterans helping other veterans cope with ptsd (i cried when i watched this episode of returning the favor). there are dogs who are rescued, there are children who host lemonade stands and use the proceeds to buy coffee for their local law enforcement officers, there are mothers helping mothers who can’t produce breast milk. the list goes on and on. these stories inspire us, they encourage us to make positive changes in our lives, they foster hope.
and we need so much more hope right now. so, i hope you can go out there, and take whatever pain you’ve been carrying, and channel it into something proactive. go be a precious soul, loves. share your light.