This one hit hard for me. I'm not really sure why, but this one rocked me to my soul. It's just too much. I chocked back the tears all day when I heard the news. If any of you suffer from anxiety, you know it all too well. Every time I turn on the news, my throat feels like it's going to close. How could this happen?
When situations like this happen, I used to have the mentality of what can one small person like me do to help out in this situation? What can I do living so far away?
So how can we really help?
We have to do something now to change this trend.
Yes, donate money if you can, donate blood, whatever you can give. In fact, Casey Neistat is running a funding page and all of the proceeds will go directly to the families in need there. Check out this video.
All of those action steps will make a difference, but what can we do to help change the trend. To help our country become what we are all longing for. A place of love, a place of peace, and a place we feel safe in.
It starts with us as individuals. Us. Yes, you, mama.
I know that the majority of my readers are parents. And let me tell you, we have enormous jobs, and it's up to us to show up, and do the best we can.
It's called the ripple effect.
When we start with ourselves and our family it will ripple out into the world.
It sounds so simple and easy, right?? But we all know too well the stress of everyday can get the best of us.
We can't help "cure" mental illness by any means, but we can help mold the environment for our children the best we can.
This means fully showing up for ourselves and for our loved ones.
What we really need to do is stop numbing ourselves. Take the mask off and show up as you--the way God created you. The beautiful you that you are.
Put the addiction down. Whether it be your phone, alcohol, shopping, work etc. Whatever we are doing to hide from the reality, stop. Show up. Full heartedly. Deal with your $hit. Talk to your kids about life. Show them love. Show them what it's like to be a fully present person. Lead by example.
Get your kids off of their devices and give them human interaction.
Get them outside and enjoy nature.
We live in a society full of ways to numb--to escape. But you know what that does? It masks the problems. We lose a part of ourselves. We miss the lesson that we are being given over and over again because we are "too busy."
Listen, I get it. Life is busy now a days, but if it's important to you, you will make it a priority.
I know I am guilty of all of this at times--we all are. In fact everyday in my desire map planner--I write in the section of what do you want to change--checking my phone. I work on it daily to stop numbing myself when something is bothering me and learning to deal with issues in different ways than I'm used to. I'm telling you, when you show up for the tough stuff, that is what is going to make the difference. As Brene Brown says, "Get in the arena, show up, do your thing, and don't be afraid to get your a$$ kicked a little bit."
Get out, and do something right now to cause the ripple effect. When we show up better for ourselves and our loved ones, that is where the magic happens.
“If you're feeling helpless, help someone. ”
― Aung San Suu Kyi
We can make a difference, my friend.
One small act of kindness can change someone's life forever.