It started with a song, well not really but sometimes it helps to say it did. It actually started six years, four months and 15 days (not that I’m counting), but today it seems like only yesterday. A diagnosis, my world turned upside down, and a time when nothing and no one seemed to matter. If you’ve read my blog, you already know the details of this time in my life. But just in case you haven’t, the details are here: Keep Your Head Up
Sure, I’ve had my ups and downs over the course of the past 6 years, and were I to be honest, despite being sick, I do love my life. I love life in general. There are so many things to do and see, so many new things to learn. I always thought that someday I would do something good. In some small way, I would do something that would have an impact on the world and effect a change. An altruistic goal to be sure, something everyone I hope strives for. A life worth living to me is a life worth giving back. And through all of the trials of illness, testing and life in general, I have met some of the most beautiful people. People who truly exemplify the good in this world, who have an abundance of compassion for others, and genuinely care about complete strangers, because of who they are.
It is good to know that there are people in this world who let their love shine through in many little ways; the ones who take the phrase “pay it forward” to heart without even giving it a second thought. These people are to be commended, for they are the genuine stars of this planet. They aren’t doing things for fame or fortune, they are simply good people. To name them all individually would make this blog entry go on for days, possibly months! An unending list of names and the simple, kind and sometimes silly things people do to make someone else smile. Wouldn’t that be an amazing thing to behold? Listing only good news and the kind works of others would surely stop us from hurting and maiming people. As I was thinking about the world and its problems, I realized that these kindhearted souls are the real newsmakers… this would be so, if we were a society that applauded good news instead of bad. These kind and caring individuals effect positive change in the lives of others and in turn, the kindness is shared with someone else, and so on…
Most people don’t realize the change they effect in others, nor do they feel they are significant in another person’s life just because they are being kind and compassionate. But, they are! And I truly believe that they are the people who exemplify true happiness. A quote from the Dalai Lama states the following: “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” This should be something we all strive to be and do.
So, you may be wondering where my thoughts are leading given the beginning of this blog… I know I am! So, here it is… I am sick, I am also at present uninsured which puts me in a precarious situation. I’m currently looking for a new job which would hopefully bring with it the benefit of health insurance. I don’t know what will happen to me, and to be quite honest, I’m not really sure that a ‘real’ job is in the books. So I am keeping my options open, trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up… it’s time as I’m not getting any younger! ☺ However, I have the opportunity to return some of the kindness and compassion shown to me… to “pay it forward”, and this is one thing I can do. I can be one of the people in this great big wonderful world to affect change for the better, like all of the people I have met who do the same. I can be happy by making others happy. Sounds fairly simple, doesn’t it? I’ve had a few weeks to think about it! I allowed myself the time to relax upon leaving my job, I’ve also had some not so great days spiraling downward, but there was always someone who was kind enough to help lift my spirits.
Right now, I am not feeling up to snuff, I’ve been sick for a few weeks (sort of a delayed stress reaction), but I am convinced that all of this will change. If I can help to make others happier through compassion, I believe that it will return to me tenfold. Many might say that I am living in a dream world, and yes I suppose they are correct in that assumption at times. I truly am expecting a lot from life, aren’t I? Yet what is life if you don’t have a dream?
For now, I’ll leave you with two songs. The first is from an album called “Where Do You Go To Disappear?” by Tina Dico titled “You Wanna Teach Me To Dance”. You might think it’s an odd choice, but it’s a favorite of mine. It says a lot about who I am… thinking inside my head, too shy to dance at times. But, it lets me think of what else is out there, learning new things… plus it just makes me happy!!
The second is a new song from the album “Yes” by Jason Mraz titled “ 3 Things” A friend was kind enough to share this with me, and I’m passing it on to you! It sums up what I’m going through at the moment, so I hope you take the time to listen. Music is a panacea for whatever is ailing you, what a great gift!
Thanks for reading! Just remember…
It started with a song… and ended with a smile! ☺
Ps. Next Week my blog turns 1!!! Who knew that would happen? Exciting things are coming up with a few reviews of new releases, so look for them! Also, I’ve added a merchandise page to help subsidize the costs, so please be sure to check it out ! I’ll be adding new items soon, if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!