I am reminded today that this little town in a (what some would say is) very remote corner of Northwest Kansas is alive and a great place to have grown up in and return to - whether it be for a visit or to live.
In this world filled with chaos and confusion about what is right and wrong, who's fault it is, who we should believe and who we should not, there is comfort and peace and even a sense of serenity. And.... might I add - it can be found anywhere, if we just choose to look. To open our eyes to the possibilities.
For you see, when I was growing up, I couldn't wait to leave. I needed to breathe. I needed life. I needed to be in the city or at least somewhere where not every single person knew who I was and what was happening in my life. I'm not saying I will be moving here on a permanent basis, but I certainly have a new perspective and promise to do what I can to help this little community stay alive.
Have you seen or heard the one of the things Mother Teresa used to say? "Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile." - Mother Teresa.
It matters not to me whether you believe in God or not. Whether you would consider yourself spiritual or not. You may believe in aliens and UFO's and that's your right, your choice. It does matter to me that I try to live each day with kindness on my face, in my eyes and in my smile. It matters because hopefully, that simple gesture can somehow brighten your day or that of someone else and give them the feeling that there is still good in this world that it's not all chaos and confusion, fighting and war. That there are things worth living for, with and so much more to come. We are given this life to live and live by example is what I hope to do.
Where are your simple reminders today and how can you shed a bit of kindness in this world?
To joy and good health...