When you make your transition, you are asked two things basically: how much love you have been able to give and receive and how much service you have rendered. And you will know every consequence of every deed, every thought, every word you’ve ever uttered and that is symbolically going through hell when you see how many chances you have missed.
~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross MD from Graceful Passages
The quickest way to change the world is to be of service to others. Show that your love can make a difference in the lives of people and thereby someone else’s love can make a difference in your life. By each of us doing that and working together we change the world one inner person at a time.
~Dannion Brinkley, author of Saved by the Light
This morning I was taking a quick look at Facebook and I came upon this little video, Eating Twinkies in the Park with GOD which I will post it below. There is a feeling about it, a reminder of how very simple it is to bring happiness into this world…..
I wrote a post a few days ago which I called I’m a Self Promoter TODAY/Tell it like it is but Tell it from the Heart.
It was an especially difficult post for me to write because it was a plea for help and I’ve been having to make a lot of pleas for help lately…actually I felt humiliated writing it but I also felt I had no choice. I reminded myself that people ask for help all the time-people who rescue animals as I do, people who need help with medical expenses, with daily living expenses etc. and I reminded myself that I have given a lot to others… Still I felt ashamed when I published the post.
But even though I felt ashamed, still I did think that there would be some response, even just some words of encouragement. I had written honestly and from the heart and I thought that a few people at least, would identify with what I was facing: the looming, fearful prospect of having no electricity and thus no water. But there was nothing.
Then a friend made a comment on my Facebook page saying “Cindy, I am so proud to call you friend” and with these words, I felt happy…like the sun was starting to shine again and maybe I wasn’t as stupid and pathetic as I had thought.
There was nothing more until last night when I got an email telling me that I had gotten a donation on my gofundme page. Checking it out, I saw that it from someone I didn’t know, a woman from Iran now living in London and a pretty well known poet. She had written me a message too which said in part “Your consideration for others (people, animals, nature) speaks volumes. I hope you are never discouraged and continue to shine your bright light.” Someone who didn’t know me at all had taken the time to send a contribution and a message of encouragement.
Like the verse from this poem, Drop a Pebble in the Water by James Foley:
Drop a word of cheer and kindness:
just a flash and it is gone;
But there’s half-a-hundred ripples
circling on and on and on,
Bearing hope and joy and comfort
on each splashing, dashing wave
Till you wouldn’t believe the volume
of the one kind word you gave.
Drop a word of cheer and kindness:
in a minute you forget;
But there’s gladness still a-swelling,
and there’s joy circling yet,
And you’ve rolled a wave of comfort
whose sweet music can be heard
Over miles and miles of water
just by dropping one kind word.
So when I watched Eating Twinkies in the Park with GOD, I had the same feeling. How simple it is to share Twinkies, a few words and a smile and change someone’s life….. and it goes both ways too.