I've been feeling the weight of the US election very heavily lately. Being a highly sensitive person it has been really hard reading the 'aftermath' of the election. The way people are getting bullied shatters me inside. I wish I knew what to say or do, I wish I had a magic wand to make it all better. Even though I live in Canada, I feel the fear of what is going on with our neighbours to the south and I would be lying if I said it doesn't concern me.
The only thing I know to do in this moment is spread love & joy. This is my purpose on the planet. I can't do anything about what is happening in the world, but I can keep creating things that, I hope, bring a momentary smile to someone's face.
Yesterday I was shopping alone in Costco. There was this cute green stuffy (is he a dino? is he a monster? I have no idea... i just knew i loved him!). I saw him there before and it brought joy to my heart. so when I saw him again and the price was even lower than before - I couldn't resist buying him. I had a lot more shopping to do so I put him in the top kid area of my cart with his legs sticking out and pushed him all around the store with me. The smiles of all the kids I passed were priceless. One lady I passed along my route started grinning from ear to ear and laughed and said "Awwww who is your little friend?" I told her I was lonely shopping so I found this guy who wanted to come play with me, as I picked up his fuzzy green hand. She was still grinning...
The folks at the check out smiled. I left him in the cart as I unloaded all my other purchases and the assistant pulled him out to be scanned and then put him back just as I had him. The fellow at the door who checks your receipt put out his hand to get my receipt and I gestured to my new green friend...."He has it" I told him and pointed to the receipt tucked in his arm. He laughed and said "Good you are putting him to work!"
As I buckled him in my car I started smiling at the joy we brought to others....and in doing so I was feeling happy as well.
Simple, silly, joy.
It doesn't have to be complicated people. Give someone a compliment. Smile at a stranger you pass. We are all on this planet together.