Yesterday as I was watching a documentary called The True Cost, it asked the question, “Why do we ignore each other’s lives?”
…Why do we?
This question struck a cord with me. I have been pondering the same thing over the past year as it appears in various scenarios, all throughout our day to day life. In an Uber, in an elevator, while speaking to a customer service representative, while passing a homeless person, and so on.
As I pondered more on society’s individualistic nature and the “every-man-for-himself” mentality, I wondered where our sense of community has gone and the overall indifference about society. Becoming aware of this habitual disregard for others begins to open you up, and allows you to be more present, more compassionate, and more aware of one another.
As the veils came off, I started to notice that a smile and a friendly hello, or just a simple consideration for others by holding the door or giving a helping hand to a stranger without any thought for reward, really does make a difference not only in the overall mood of the recipient but also in myself. Spread love. The more love and kindness that you spread, the more you feel it, the more you’re engulfed in it, the more you become it. Love after all, is our true nature.
“I add a smile to everything I wear and that has worked great for me.”;)
I have been implementing this awareness all throughout my day to day life and have also been thinking of ways to help my community. For the second time, this past Christmas I organized a morning giveaway to help the homeless in our area of Downtown Miami. A few friends and I met at the crack of dawn and went around the areas of Downtown where we knew the homeless slept. As they woke up, we wished them a Merry Christmas and gave them some of the supplies we gathered which included: Pants, Shirts, Water, Canned food that is easy to open, bananas, Capri Sun and crackers. Some of my friends that joined had always wanted to help the homeless but hadn’t done anything in our community before. As we passed around the supplies, we all realized just how much this meant to the homeless people we were helping, some of them even tearing up. We were able to give to about 30 homeless people. This was an amazing way to start the Christmas day, helping others.
“We are just a speck, on a speck, orbiting a speck, in the corner of a speck, in the middle of nowhere.”
As we move forward with our lives, let’s remember that we are one human race traveling on a speck of dust, we are only here for a short time. So let’s say hello to one another or give a friendly smile, let’s help one another. Whatever each one of us can do to spread a little love and light will make the world a better place one smile at a time.
Coming up next: Planners & Grind techniques or photoshoot fresh