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Celebrate “100 Good Deeds Day” with me by doing something kind for a stranger. Tell me what happened – please leave a comment below and share what random act of kindness you did for a stranger (no matter how small or how big) and how it made you feel. My goal is to get 100 comments of good deeds!!! HELP ME MAKE IT HAPPEN!!
This is why I’m celebrating “100 Good Deeds Day”:
Quite frankly, I thought I would be dead by now. My Dad died very young. I was 12 years old when he passed on and somehow I had convinced myself that I would die at the exact age he did. In August of 2012 I turned the same age as he was when he died. Today is my birthday. That means I lived the entire year without biting the big one, croaking, or otherwise kicking the bucket. In fact, it has been one of the best years of my entire life. This is a lesson for me; that I should be celebrating life rather than spending my time waiting for my imminent death. So should you my friends.
You are reading this from your computer desk or couch or phone thinking that you are living just fine. You have food. You have a family. Hopefully you have all your body parts. And because of all of this you think you are alive. I thought I was alive too. Before.
Before is a time when I worked a job I hated, built my life to please others more than myself, and I spent my private time complaining: “Why is the world so cruel to me?”, “I’m sick, someone needs to fix me with a pill.”, “I’m overweight and out of shape because of everything else outside my control.”, “Someday, when I retire, I’ll be able to do what makes me happy.” I was living life in black and white. I was waiting for my imminent death. Life has not been easy for me — over my lifetime I’ve been abused, physically beaten, I’ve suffered through years of severe allergies and illness and medications, I’ve seen death in my friends and family, I’ve gone hungry before, I’ve suffered through divorce and family trauma, I’ve been fired, I’ve painfully changed careers, I’ve had a never-ending list of things that have slapped my ass on the ground so hard I didn’t think I could get up. My life has been a trial by fire. I blamed the world for the feeling of emptiness I had and thought, in my ignorance, because life had been cruel to me, that simply existing was what living was all about.
Stop Making Excuses and Make Your Ass Happy
Then one day I stopped making excuses and got to work. My trigger for change was a garden; I found solace outdoors in nature. I went from taking over a dozen prescriptions per day down to one, left the job I hated, and started living life in vivid color. Waiting for retirement to be happy? Are you kidding me? We should be living in the moment and work to be happy NOW.
My life lesson is this: no one else is going to make your ass happy. To have a happy ass you must work hard for the things you want to happen. You must physically change the things that are causing you pain and enabling you to wait around for your death instead of celebrating your happiness. Hard work will save your life. I started a campaign to make a difference for the positive in any way I could. My new career involved writing and speaking full time and sharing inspiring possibilities with the world. I made it happen — built new friends and a better relationship with my loved ones, started eating healthier, getting exercise, spending more time in nature, and feeling better every day. I stopped making freaking excuses. Without a doubt, the most important part of this change in my life has been meeting, helping, and influencing the lives of others in a positive way. It sounds naive. It sounds silly. It sounds too simple. But I say hello to strangers and help them if I can. I try to do something good for at least one person every day. This makes me feel remarkably alive.
Then one day I woke up and realized I was no longer sitting around waiting for my dramatic imminent young death. Instead I was achieving things – connecting with people, seeing the glass as half full, and loving life. I was LIVING. I am finally alive. And yes, at this moment while writing this I am bawling my eyes out with emotion. It is the coolest thing ever to say that my ass is alive and happy.
“TO LIVE IS THE RAREST THING IN THE WORLD.
MOST PEOPLE EXIST THAT IS ALL.” — Oscar Wilde
Realizing that you have the power to choose to live in full color makes your purpose in the world more vividly clear. When life gets you down and overwhelms you with difficulties – and believe me, it will – DO NOT GIVE UP. You have the power to own the totality of your life and make decisions that can change your time here on earth for the better. This has an amazing rebound effect because it also makes a difference in the lives of your family and your community. Life is short, so why waste it complaining about your life and not doing something about it? You are only existing now, but you have the opportunity to truly make life a passionate journey. This is your time to make a difference.
Choose to LIVE in the NOW. This choice has not always been easy for me; I have failed often and hard. At times in my life difficult challenges have piled so high they looked like mountains. However, I can’t wait to see what the years ahead might hold. I hope I will have lots of smiles and many friends to share the adventure. And love. Lots and lots of love.
Celebrate 100 Good Deeds Day!
Do this for me: celebrate life rather than waiting for your imminent death. Stop just existing and live in full color. Today is more than my birthday celebrating the year I thought I would die — this is about making a difference.
And so — Celebrate “100 Good Deeds Day” with me by doing something kind for a stranger. Tell me what happened – please leave a comment below and share what nice thing you did for a stranger (no matter how small or how big) and how it made you feel.
My goal is to get 100 comments of good deeds!!! HELP ME MAKE IT HAPPEN!! I am so excited to see what all you do. Thanks for making a difference and leave your comments below!