#HAWMC Day 3: There’s No Such Thing As A Small Act Of Kindness

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” Scott Adams

 

A smile to the person passing you by. A note to a stranger telling them to have a good day. Offering to help someone carry their bags to their car. Little acts of kindness such as these, are actually not so little at all. When you act kindly, you inspire others around you to act kindly as well. No act of kindness is too small. The positive effect that you can have on someone’s day should be reason enough to act kind. Just think about the bad days you’ve had yourself. Doesn’t it make your super crappy day just a little bit better when someone does or says something kind to, even if it’s just a compliment or offering to do a small favor for you? Having kindness sent your way can completely turn your day around. Therefore, when you spread kindness to someone else, you have to the potential to completely turn their day around as well.

There are a couple of places that I like to turn to when I want to hear positive stories about people being kind: The Bobby Bones Show and the Love What Matters podcast (which is run by Amy from The Bobby Bones Show.” The Bobby Bones show promotes pimpin joy, which means when you spread joy and kindness to someone else, they are likely to spread that joy and kindness to another someone else, and so on and so forth. They always encourage people to do something kind for someone, and their stories of real people doing so always bring a smile to my face. In fact, they have something called Joy Week, where they do things to spread joy every single day of the week and share those things with their listeners. The Love What Matters podcast does something similar. It shares incredible and positive stories about people just like you and I. Most of the time, those stories include someone doing something kind for someone else.

Always remember: there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act of kindness will help someone in ways you may never believe.

Let’s be kind to one another.

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Tuesday Tunes: “Second Wind” by Maren Morris

 

Maren Morris has quickly become one of my new favorite country artists on the scene right now. Her songs are not only catchy but the lyrics I think are genius. She has some songs that have honestly made me laugh because she somehow manages to be funny and scarily relatable all while singing beautifully.

This song though, is more of an empowering song. It’s about how you learn to let people fuel your fire, rather than letting them get in your head and tear you down.

No matter what your goal is, never let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve it. Don’t let the negativity of others seep into your confidence, perseverance and determination. People will do what they want to do, and say what they want to say. Let them.It’ll just motivate you more to succeed and make them mad that they underestimated you in the first place.

 

Monday Mantra: Adopt The Pace of Nature

Some views and experiences change our outlooks on things. Being in the presence of pure, natural beauty is humbling and I always take a minute to myself, even in a crowd, to soak it up, close my eyes and just be still. 

Niagara was one of those places that changed my outlook on how I move through this life and through my health journey. I spend a lot of time rushing through things and then getting bad anxiety and frustration when things happen late or don’t go as planned. This goes for my personal life and my life with chronic illness.

I aim to live a more patient life where I can react in a calm manner to things that go not originally as planned. Instead of rushing to a conclusion without consulting a doctor, instead I will try to sort out symptoms and have a conversation about possibilities. Instead of worrying and growing anxious when my headaches continue to thrive, I will try to calmly take a set back to look at everything I’m trying and doing and then talk to my doctor about my next steps.

These types of goals I will try to transfer over to my life in other areas as well: work, relationship, family, etc. 

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday Mantra: Beautiful Things Come From Not So Beautiful Places


We’ve all been there: the dark and scary places, the rough patches, the slumps, the unwanted changes. You won’t see it until you’re out of those places (I know I for sure didn’t) but beautiful things will come from them. Some of the most beautiful things and people in my life came after I went through some pretty ugly stuff.

Things I’m Good At, Thanks To My Chronic Headaches & Narcolepsy

 

I’m really good at:

  1. Sleeping. My spirit animal is sloth.
  2. Making plans and then backing out last minute. Just because I hate doing it, doesn’t change the fact that I’m awesome at it.
  3. Collecting. I collect prescriptions, vitamins, test results, and doctor business cards
  4. Talking. About anything–doesn’t have to be health related. I’m just really good at talking.
  5. Showing compassion. Having endured years of chronic pain, health issues, emotional roller coaster rides, mental hardships and more, I find it really easy to feel compassion for other people and their journeys and struggles. I also just really like seeing people smile, so that’s more motivation.
  6. Surprising people. With my unexpected knowledge of various medicines, methods, symptoms and diagnoses. I promise I won’t walk in and pretend to be your doctor though.
  7. Enjoying time by myself. Because of how often I have to cancel plans or stay in and rest, I’ve learned how to truly enjoy and appreciate my own company. It actually kinda confuses me when people say they don’t like spending time alone. Like–I think I’m super cool, why wouldn’t I want to hangout with me?
  8. Picking myself up after a fall. More often than not, I’m the only one who can get myself up again after I’ve taken a hard fall in my health journey. Everyone will fall down in life, but we only truly live when we’re getting back up again.
  9. Managing pain. I don’t like to toot my own horn, but I’m pretty damn impressed by myself and my strength. I have continued so many activities while enduring my worst-pain level headaches/migraines and I never know how I did it once it’s over.
  10. Really enjoying life in all of it’s beauty. Life will never be full of only sunshine. There will be storms and we will get rained on. But each time the sun comes out, my smile gets brighter and my love for this world gets greater. Enjoying the simple things in life, putting more of my time toward seeing people who lift me up and doing more of what sets my soul on fire are all things I have seen myself get better at doing.