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Ways to Help:

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Human beings themselves feel helpless. All around us is chaos. It seems like at a moments notice things can come shattering down before us and change the course of our lives. Entropy is part of society, part of nature. The news is rather toxic. We often ask ourselves what are the things we can do that can help? To think that one small act can somehow have a positive effect on someone or something half a world away is just too broad a thought. If we break it down to the small scale, it makes it easier to digest.

What can I do in my everyday environment that will help the human race on a broader scale? Don’t be so quick to say nothing. Mother Teresa once said:

“Stay where you are. Find your own Calcutta. Find the sick, the suffering and the lonely right there where you are — in your own homes and in your own families, in your workplaces and in your schools. … You can find Calcutta all over the world, if you have the eyes to see. Everywhere, wherever you go, you find people who are unwanted, unloved, uncared for, just rejected by society — completely forgotten, completely left alone.”

This woman was completely ahead of her time.

Here are some thoughts of mine to help break it down on a smaller scale. Let’s keep it simple:

• Turn off the lights when you’re not in the room.

• Recycle whatever you can.

• Be kind to your neighbors and assist those around you in need. You never know what the person next door may be going through and they may need some help. Talk to them. Befriend them.

• Get outside. Take a walk. Ride a bike. Just take it all in. I know nature acts like one giant “reset” button for me.

• Respect nature. This planet has a soul and a breath. It beats to it’s own drum. We all have our own rhythm inside of us; it’s called circadian rhythm. Try to connect with that visceral part of yourself.

• Truly connect with those around you. Put down your phone, turn off the TV, and have a conversation with the person in front of you.

• Take 10 minutes just for yourself each and everyday.

• Give thanks. Whatever your belief and whomever you pray to, even if you’re an atheist, give thanks to your body that allows you to walk through this life. Give thanks to the presence within that urges you to take a breath, and your next breath, and the one after that. Our bodies are run on autopilot, but we can pay attention and tap into that. We can become the observer and discover those ancient parts of ourselves.

• Love something outside of yourself.

• Whatever is your profession, do your best. I don’t care if you are a physician or someone who cleans up garbage. Recognize that the work that you do is valuable because we all make up the parts of this society that are needed to function.

• Don’t speak ill will of someone. Try not to participate in the negativity. It’s so easy to get caught up in that moment and ride the negative train. I’ve done it. Sometimes it feels good to go there. However, it just adds to the pollution out there. There are more than just environmental toxins; there truly is toxic energy just waiting for someone to tap into it and run with it. Instead, elevate your thoughts. Rise above that urge to dive into to someone else’s pain.

• Most of all, love. Love absolutely. Love is the most pure and the most divine.

I don’t know exactly what moved me to write this today, but something did. I felt compelled, and I feel compelled to share it with the world. I have a platform to get this out there with WannaSmile, so I will post it on here. I still love the silly cats and all those things that make us smile. But there is a lot more stirring under the surface here that is causing me to smile these days. I wanted to share it with you.

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Hell yes.

Life has no remote
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This one really hit home for me

Wish upon a star
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Happy Thanksgiving:

Happy Thanksgiving
Wishing all of my readers a very Happy Thanksgiving! I know not all everyone will be surrounded by family this holiday. My family is split up on different sides of the country today while I work (I’m in healthcare…people are still sick on the holidays). So, that being said, I just want to tell them that I love them and am thankful for them.
I know that we are far apart today, but I will carry you in my hearts, as I do each and every day.

The things I am thankful for are…

God. I may not be a religious person, but I do have to give thanks to the higher power that guides me in my everyday life.

Family. I am so very blessed to have a wonderful husband, a healthy daughter and just an incredible family all around.

My health. Without it, I could not go out and help others today.

My dear friends. Thank you for inviting me to your Thanksgiving while my loved ones are away.

Food in my belly.

A roof over my head.

A cozy bed to curl up in at the end of the day.

My fur babies, Sanford and Nala who give me so much joy.

My lovely readers who keep encouraging me every step of the way!

What are you thankful for today?

It’s raining outside here…

I just love this sound…and I can hear the ocean in the distance…

How will you shake it up today?

Ghandi quote

Just keep on keepin on

Just keep on keeping on
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Truth.

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Iris Grace inspires with her art:

For those that know me personally, you know that I love to paint.  It provides me an opportunity to get in touch with the core of my being and just enjoy the moment that I am experiencing. So, when I see this story on CNN about a beautiful little girl and her artwork, I melt instantly.

Meet the lovely Iris Grace. She has been diagnosed with Autism and has not spoken yet. However, her parents found a way to help her by incorporating art therapy into her life. Now little Iris Grace communicates through her art. She is quite incredible and her artwork is beautiful. She is inspiring to me in so many ways and quite honestly, when I watch the video that is provided, I just can’t help but feel that God is there with her in every moment. The things that make me smile in life. If we could only all be so open to seeing life through the eyes of a child…

Iris Grace
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Iris – A Portrait of an Artist from Rupert Ward-Lewis on Vimeo.

Here is a direct link to her artwork: Iris Grace Painting

Faith in humanity restored:

This one is for you, Betty!
Faith in humanity restored
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Never give up!;) All I can say is I’m wrapped up in school, and we finally moved into our new home this past week. So…you can imagine!