This week I am taking things simple.
Last August, I found myself in a place of sadness. I found there was so much divided energy and heaviness in posts that I would see on social media and it really got to me. Being an empath is not an easy characteristic to have. I was ready to tune out, but felt I needed to hold on because I still wanted to be connected with the meditation group and our family fundraiser “40 Books in 365 Days”. So I stayed, and mindfully limited my scroll. One day I saw a post that pretty much said…do not turn off the social media and run away, be the light. I thought this was an interesting approach and knew this was something I could easily do. I wanted to find a way to be the light and contribute in a positive way.
Thanks to all the time on my hands and the daily walks in nature to seek something familiar during the lockdown, I began taking pictures again with more intention behind them. We are surrounded by so much beauty. Capturing images that turned out decent, brought me joy. I decided to push aside my nerves and the little voice in my head and started sharing them with people. Pictures from the past and present. I thought that if these images brought me happiness, maybe it would bring someone else a feeling of happiness or make their moment as they scrolled through their feed. I also loved inspirational quotes, so I decided to pair up quotes with my favorite pictures and post one every day on my 40 Books in 365 Days Facebook page and in my stories on Instagram. I began this project in September 2020. I have been consistent at least 5 days a week posting a picture with a quote. I hope that I was able to bring a little bit of joy to someone’s day who maybe was struggling or just needed a pick me up.
How can you be a light in someone's day?
Here are some pictures and quotes I posted over the last 42 weeks.
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."
Henry David Thoreau
"A true friend is someone who thinks you are a good egg even though he knows you are slightly cracked." Bernard Metzler
"May your home always be too small to hold all of your friends"
"I feel like we're all lighthouses, and my job is to shine my light as brightly as I can to the darkness." Jim Carrey
"Be the Seeker of Everyday Magic"
"Maybe in order to understand mankind we have to look at that word itself. MANKIND. Basically, it's made up of two separate words 'mank' and 'ind.' "What do these words mean? It's a mystery and that's why so is mankind."
Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy
"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth." Mohammad Ali
"To get to the next place, we need to leave the comfortable main road we've been traveling. Sometimes a side trip is exactly what we need to make." Melody Beattie
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
"Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, every day can end beautifully."
What are some of your favorite inspiring quotes? Please comment below and let's continue to share some light.
Have a beautiful day.
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