Life is full of challenges. We knew that last year and we know that now. Life, at any time, has at least two choices we can make in any given situation. To keep things simple those choices may simply be yes or no.
As in Yes, I will choose to show love and kindness to my family, friends, neighbors, and community. Or no, not the right option.
Sometimes this is harder than we think. Sometimes, that comment we make on Facebook or other social media outlet ends up not being the kind thing to say. Sometimes that little thing we have to say or do to protect our ego isn’t the right way to show love.
Love and kindness has to be a daily occurrence. Desmond Lomax said, “The capacity to have love and engage in love has to start with you and it has to be a day-to-day thing.” You will find this quote in an article in this paper from a family that knows the real day to day struggles of life.
There could be a lot of explaining to do and ways to be nice, but I think the simplest way is to go to a playground and watch kids play. You see kids of all colors and ages running around playing tag, swinging, creating games out of the blue, and simply just having fun. Then, years later, it seems, that as adults we have to complicate things and cast blame, judgement, always be right, or so forth. Let’s revert back to childhood.
For those that read my columns, it takes a lot from me to put my thoughts together and to share something with you and I hope you find it worth while to read. What I hope most, is that you find it inspiring and that my thoughts may lift you or a loved one and make a positive difference in your life.
I found another song in the last couple weeks that I listen to daily as its helps pick me up and provide hope for continual improvement.
“Every day can be a better day, despite the challenge. All you gotta do is leave it better than you found it. . . . Hey, feeling good, like I should. Went and took a walk around the neighborhood. Feeling blessed, never stressed. Got that sunshine on my Sunday best. . . Everyone falls down sometimes. But you just gotta know it’ll all be fine.” The song is “Sunday Best” by Surfaces.
Serve Daily Cards are available for your walks around the neighborhood. Serve Daily cards have positive thoughts on the front with an invite to perform an act of kindness for someone each day on the back. We have thousands of these cards and they are available at White Feather Rocks in Santaquin, Macey’s in Spanish Fork and the Serve Daily office in Springville. Be then change in the world and choose love and kindness. Start with your own life, being kind to yourself on your looks, your weight, your job, your station in life, then spread to your family, friends, and community. Together we can make a change for the best and have a community that shines.
However, I do believe our community already shines in so many ways. I see kindness everywhere I go. People holding doors open, donating cash to people in need, food for the hungry (Way to go Tabitha’s Way and other organizations), helping with yard work, and so forth.
Have a GREAT month and go give Sunday Best a listen. Find the pinned post on the Serve Daily facebook page and leave a comment about the song, or an act of kindness you have been the recipient of and how it made you feel.
As always, go out and find someone to Serve Daily, it’ll put a smile on their face and yours.
Until next time, find more great local stories in the remaining pages of this paper and visit our site at servedaily.com.