Someone posted the above picture and said, “Meet happy apple (left) and sad apple (right). These are two halves of the same apple.
“On 20 May, I put each in an identical container. For the next six weeks, happy apple sang, laughed, danced and meditated with me. I spoke lovingly to it and thanked it for all its appley splendour.
“During the same period, I spoke a lot of smack to sad apple. I called it a useless, stinking piece of fruit, accused it of messing with my blood sugar levels, and generally gave it a hard time. I also let it listen to Metallica and watch the news.
“I let the experiment run for as long as I could before sad apple started to become a health hazard.
“What you see here are the results. Your words, emotions and intentions are probably (far) more powerful than you realize.”
There’s a lot of negativity out there. And it’s increasingly easy to give a quick look at the news and get worried and mad.
So I ask you to take the next 2 minutes and let me blast you with LIGHT!!!!
Last week, I asked this question on social media: How can I help get the word out about something awesome you are doing in your community?
Your responses were a reminder that the good people in the world ARE winning!
Here are some of the truly heartwarming responses I received.
CROWNS OF COURAGE
Rachel Britt Semro and Jessica Rinehart donate halo wigs for children undergoing chemotherapy.
Rachel shared her inspiration, “My daughter had a bone marrow transplant in 2014 (she was 10 at the time) and her biggest fear was losing her hair.
“We were able to buy her a halo wig made from her own hair. It was much more comfortable and real looking than a traditional full synthetic wig.
“She wore it day in and day out for 9 months as she recovered. It boosted her confidence and we felt it made such a difference in her recovery that we started this program to provide these halo wigs to other kids undergoing chemotherapy at absolutely no cost to the family.
“Most families in medical crisis are drowning in bills, co-pays, etc and a wig is an extra cost they just can’t afford.
“Our mission is to bring free wigs to as many kiddos as possible, and in doing so hopefully make a terribly difficult situation just a little easier.”
Wende Wagner is running the NYC Marathon to raise money for Project Renewal which provides emergency, transitional, and permanent housing to more than 3,900 homeless New Yorkers a year.
If you needed a reminder of how good you have it… there are 100 million people around the world who are homeless tonight.
RESTORE DIGNITY TO THE HOMELESS
There are a lot of people living on the streets who are fighting for their humanity every second of every day.
Becky Gaylor shined a light on the Shoebox Ministry, which meets the personal hygiene needs of the homeless and working poor.
WRITE IT OUT!
Cory Martin started a publishing company that gives 10% to the author’s charity of choice.
As Cory explains, “We understand the power of the written word and we believe we can ‘write out’ the world’s problems one story at a time.”
There were so many more people who responded but what most got my attention was a plea for help!
A young lady who could be your yoga pal or daughter or best friend is going through HELL and even just your loving prayer would go a long way.
Her name is Kelly Owens and for the last 10 years she has had Crohn’s Disease, which is basically the body going to war with itself.
It got so bad she was in the hospital on a morphine drip, unable to eat or drink anything. Talking about desperation…
The doctors told her there was nothing left for them to do.
So Kelly found an experimental trial in the Netherlands. She worked her way across the ocean and the trial has been very effective.
But she has 37 days to go, she is unable to work in Europe without a visa, and is running low on resources.
Kelly said, “I feel foolish for needing help, and foolish for even asking.”
Maybe one or two of these people speak to you and you’ll be inclined to let them know you’ve got their back.
Or maybe it’s just about knowing that there are a lot of people all over the world who are really bright lights. All it takes is one to get regain your sense of hope.
As Annie Lamott said, “Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.”