Something beautiful happened today

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DAY 42

11th February, 2014

Today something very beautiful happened.

It was life changing.

The very act stopped me in my tracks and made me re-assess some vital elements in my life. How I go about my work, how I engage with other people, who I love and adore, essentially how I walk in this world and be me.

The very act made me realise a surprising truth about myself.

And it brought me to a breathless moment; a single instance of pure white light; a thoughtful experience in the middle of a manic day.

Today my friend made me a cup of tea.

In my cup.

Two tea bags.

Milk.

Two sugars.

Humph.

A luscious moment of being truly grateful for my friend. Unbearably grateful for a strong, sweet, hot cup of tea.

It wasn’t the being grateful though. Or the way my friend smiled at me when she asked me if she could make me a cup of tea. Or even when I started to get up out of my chair thinking I should really make the cup of tea myself – why was I letting my friend go to all of that effort, going out of her way to make me tea. Who did I think I was right? Who did I think I was to let someone go out of her way to do something for me? Who did I think I was to allow someone to help me.

Because that was it.

I was so tired. My head was a bit foggy, and I was looking at a list of tasks that needed to be ticked off before I went home and lay on the couch in an exhausted, depleted little mess.

I needed some help.

And I needed to let my friend help me.

I needed to allow my beautiful friend to make me a cup of tea. With her smile. And her love.

I often talk about how important it is for us to give to others, to ‘pay it forward’ with acts of kindness and compassion. It’s extraordinary that although we are the ones being kind, or generous, or loving, how life changing this is for our souls.

So we also need to accept, and allow others to care and give back to us, because in doing so we learn how to be grateful. In allowing someone to care for us, we experience vulnerability. In allowing someone to give back to us, we also allow for that person to feel the extraordinary life changing feelings in their soul.

So today something beautiful happened. My friend made me a cup of hot tea, and I gratefully accepted her gift.

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” – Maya Angelou

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Sharing It forward Sunday

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Yay! It’s Sunday night!

In the world that I live and work in I am sent a lot of inspirational stuff. Partly because we are always looking for new resources to assist our work with young people, but also because people know that I get totally excited about anything that promotes positivity or inspires others to do great things, or endeavours to change our world for the better on every level.

There is always something. Every day, there is always a new idea, a new blog, a quote, a video or a beautiful story or poem. Sometimes I wonder how our evening news can only be filled with tragedy and darkness, when there is so much that is amazing and beautiful happening in this world around us. Truly, there are so many people in our world who want good things to happen, and work hard to do good things. Kind things. Meaningful things. Not just for themselves, but for everyone. I really love sharing their work and their stories.

So every Sunday night I have decided to share something I have come across in the past week or so. Hopefully it will inspire you in your own adventure, or at the very least give you a great start to the coming week!

Enjoy!