When I awoke this morning I wondered — what will I write about today? What was the difference, I made, saw, experienced, noted, wondered about yesterday?
My old buddy- fear -crept in — ha! see. You have nothing to say. You have nothing to write about. And right behind him were all those childhood voices that became my ‘messengers of doom’ as I grew older. Loser. Fake. Phony….
Yeah. Being in my head sometimes can be rather busy and messy! :)
And then I took a breath and reminded myself.
Those voices don’t get you more of what you want in your life. You did make a difference yesterday Louise. Think about it.
I let a man merge, even though my judgment of his driving said — he was being pushy. I smiled at him as I did it too! And whispered – bless him. forgive me. (the forgiveness is for judging him)
I wrote my beloved, C.C. his daily love poem and sent it off with a joyful heart.
I told a co-worker how much I admired them.
I held the door open for a man entering a building.
I chatted with the cashier at Staples and told her how much I appreciated her smile and friendly attitude.
When I met a friend for a drink after work, I made a point of telling our waitress she was fabulous — and left an extra tip.
To make sure I was 100% engaged in my conversation with my daughter when we were chatting on the phone, I went and sat in the living room so I would not be distracted by any electronic devices.
When I went for a meeting at United Way where my youngest daughter works, I took her a Chai Latte, just because…
I bought something for my sister who does so much for our mother — (but I can’t tell you here because I know she reads and I don’t want to ruin the surprise!)
Now, I’m not telling you these things so you can say — oh Louise. You do so much.
I’m sharing this list because as I stated at the beginning — I awoke thinking I’d done little yesterday to make a difference.
And yet, as I reflected back upon my day little things came up that I know make a difference, not only in my heart, but in someone else’s too.
As I told my friend when we met yesterday evening for a long-overdue visit, “Writing about making a difference every day has changed me. Every morning I wake up and the first thing I do is immerse myself in thoughts of how to make a difference.”
In fact, there are three things I immerse myself in every morning — making a difference, love and miracles.
Ever since Valentine’s Day I have written my beloved a poem a day.
The miracles is part of a process I do with two other people. Every morning we share our gratitude list of everything that’s going on in our world — the good, bad, indifferent and ugly. We call it — Miracles Happen. The work is based on Melodie Beattie’s book, Make Miracles in Forty Days — and I recommend it highly. The three of us have been sharing this process since February — and it has definitely made a difference.
And that’s the difference — since beginning writing this blog every day on January 1, I’ve consciously added two very important attributes to life — Love and Miracles.
And starting my day out immersed in making a difference, miracles and love always opens my day with wonder, gratitude and beauty.
Try it. Think about your day yesterday and now, note all the moments, big and small, where something you did or said or shared made a difference. Don’t be shy. Don’t be bashful. Celebrate your difference in the world.
The world needs you to be your brightest light. Together, shining brightly, we light up the world in love. Together in love, we make a difference.