“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.”
- Cecil Beaton, photographer and fashion designer
Life is very mysterious in so many ways. It brings us hurt and pain and suffering, but it also brings us hope and love and opportunity. It changes us throughout the years, slowly altering who we are and how we perceive things. It even changes us daily, sometimes without us even knowing it.
It is the ultimate reason for being, and the one thing that connects us all. And though our stories may be different, and our plights varied, we are all moving toward the same end. Not to be morbid, this is about seeing the light. Being aware of your surroundings and doing everything in our power to make this life better. Better for me, better for you, better for our children and our children children.
We are never alone, and our actions (no matter how small) always have consequence. A smile, a wink, a hug can change someones day. It can change someones future. The same is true of a frown, an angry word, or gesture.
Times are hard for many people out there now. It is in these times that we must be mindful of ourselves and our actions, because not only do we affect ourselves in our everyday lives, but we also affect others. The lady you see walking her dog every morning might appreciate a smile and a wave, instead of you just jumping in your car on your way to work. The attendant in the parking garage might appreciate a bottle of water... or at least you not leaving yours under your car when you leave.
Try something different today. Something positive. Something that just might make you feel better, and will definitely make someone else feel good! Now is the time to reevaluate ourselves, our lives, and our patterns. As we reach the bottom, it is only then that we can make a conscious decision to rise back up to the top.