“This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind…let it be something good.”
Love this. Makes me think about how connected we all are. Makes me think about my responsibility to you and yours to me not in an overwhelming, sacrificial sort of way but in a we-are-all-in-this-together-and-that-could-be-fun way. I want to leave something good behind, for you and for me. I know that whatever I give out I will get back. I want to bring the good stuff and give it away.
What are you leaving behind? What are you sending out into the world? We are all affected, shaped, guide, influenced by the circumstances and people and things and experiences that come into our lives. And, we have a hand in shaping the experiences of others. If you yell at a telemarketer or flash the finger to a aggressive driver, you can’t tell me that doesn’t shape their day. And, with that energy, they go forward and shape the day for someone else.
We create our life experience by how we react to the things that come our way AND also by the stuff we cast out.
When you think about giving then, think first about the kind that doesn’t cost anything, doesn’t require more time. Start with the kind that requires you to become consciously aware of the energy you bring.
Wanna make a difference in the world? Start by becoming conscious of the energy you are exuding. Then, notice what comes back. Become conscious to what you radiate. Because it doesn’t matter how much money you give to the orphans of the world if you come home griping and angry at your own child the minute you walk in the door.
By radiating the energy of love and compassion and joy, you cause a shift that leaves all of us feeling better.
Bring the best energy you have. Start giving there. Leave behind something good.
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This post originally ran in 2011.