1 New Hug (1 waste disposal employee)
I love the way a hug can change the tone of my day. I asked a new employee at the waste disposal site for a hug and his reaction, “Yes! I love hugs!” (insert goofy giggle from me here) No matter what was happening moments before (and it might have been me screaming my head off at my 2 year old. Might. I said might.) there was a giddiness hanging around just at the edge of everything I did from that point on. It was just bliss.
Later that day I brought my kids to Marbles museum where there is a statue of Mohandas Gandhi outside. I briefly talked about Gandhi with my 6 year old. I explained how part of the reason I hug is because of his quote, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” I know it will take time for this to truly sink in, but I don’t want my children to just know this quote. I want them to live it.
Funny how thoughts can snowball. I was still thinking about Gandhi when I saw a mention of Martin Luther King Jr. This led me to thinking about all of the famous people who have influenced the person I have become. (This includes my newest soul teacher, Martha Beck as well as Eckhart Tolle, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa just to name a few) Often, when I am faced with a challenge that is affecting my ego I turn to one of this people and wonder how they would handle a similar situation. Mostly I realize that they wouldn’t waste their time on ego driven conflicts. They have simply focused on creating their best life and always doing what they felt was right.
While this is not always the easiest path, it certainly simplifies life. I am working on embodying this type of spirit. Despite the sometimes unbelievably cruel resistance to this path, these pioneers have chosen truth and love over anything else. This is the change I wish to see in the world. I pray for the strength to follow in their footsteps in becoming a pioneer of love.
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.