A lot of times we say we want to help people but we don't know how, or don't have time. At times, ones ability to help others can feel out of reach.
But there is something you can give and give and give. You won't get burnt out or worked up. Rather you'll feel great! The thing I'm talking about here is... Your... SMILE!
Like it says on the flyer above (that I saw on a school bulletin board) “most smiles are started by another smile.” When you walk around with a smile on. When you smile at the cashier, the person you order your coffee from, your family, your friends, you instantaneously brighten their day. Even if it's just for a moment. Even if they have a lot going on. For the moment that you smile there is an exchange more powerful than any words.
When you think about what you can do to make the world a better place and help those who need it, think about starting with your smile.
Turn the corners of your mouth up towards your ears and give your smiles to as many people as you can.
I had my eyes wide open as I searched for a parking spot today in lower Manhattan. As time went by, I wondered if I would ever find a spot, but eventually I did. I then hopped out of the car eager to get to where I was going.
Later on, on my walk back to my parking spot, I was drawn to some orange writing on the curb right by my car. I looked closer, and behold were the words “KEEP OPEN.” And just like that I was grateful for all the circling I had done that morning, and that it was there that I ended up parking.
When we approach life with open eyes and an open mind, free from our preconceived notions and opinions we make room unexpected joy and possibilities. We also become aware of the blinders or limitations we place on ourselves (for example: “That food is not my type...” “That person is not my type…” “I can’t do that...”). What can be scary is that sometimes we don't even realize they are there since we've have them for long enough that they can feel like part of us.
To be open then is to be aware of our self-imposed limitations and break through them. To be open is to allow all the goodness that surrounds us to be part of us. To be open is to return to the child within us, who, way back when, didn’t have any self imposed limitations that would of closed them off from people/experiences/ideas.
Things to be open to:
Opening your mind, opens you up to discovering the many gifts that are is inside of you and inside of the rest of this worlds inhabitants, just waiting to be discovered. Feel free to make your own list of things you would like to be open to, and share some of your ideas on this below!
I walked by this mural today by ASVP Art and it got me thinking about the nature of luck. Sure there are time when it comes into our lives serendipitously, and when we least expect it, but what about all the other times?
How do we, like it says in the mural make our own luck? How do we invite luck into our lives? How do we end up with a greater chance to get lucky?
For my experiences as well as of those of my peers, who have had some encounters with luck, I have found that these three things, when implemented together can bring upon great luck.
The first is working hard. Putting in the work is kind of like putting in the preparations, or living arrangements for luck’s upcoming visit.
The second is persistence. Continuing to work through your doubts, the “no’s” the non believers, the questions, and the concerns. Persistence is saying yes and continuing on no matter what.
The third is believing. Through it all knowing and believing that you are worthy and deserving of luck. In addition to believing in yourself and believing (and trusting) in the process.
So to “make your own luck” you can try the above suggestions and/or share your encounters with luck (and the story behind it) in the comments below…