I had a friend pay me a wonderful compliment this morning. It was so unexpected and brought tears to my eyes. I’m amazed that I have touched someone’s life like this. It’s always been my goal to live my life with as much positivity and love as I could possibly gather. Its been a struggle at times and one of the easiest things at the same time. I’ve found that I can rise above any situation that threatens this calm. It might take some time but I will and can achieve the peace that we each deserve to have. I’m convinced that the more love I give, the more I get in return. And you know me… I’m all about the love.
This exchange took place on Facebook. TM had posted a photo of herself and her daughter and I thought she looked fabulous. So I told her that. I didn’t think anything of it. It was just a simple, immediate response on my part. But look at what she had to say…
“Thanks Steffanie. You are so positive in everything you do and say. I have been keeping up with you. Most especially when I need a pick up, which is just about all the time. Thanks for sharing your life with me.”
That just blows me away. I never dreamed that someone would ever say that about me. I am humbled. When I started writing this blog, it was an experiment in expression for me. I had so much heaviness in my heart and no one to really help me through it. I thought that if I wrote about it, it would ease up. Then I found that I couldn’t get that personal with the “masses”, wasn’t up to baring my soul in a public way. So I started writing about what I wanted in my life, what my heart and soul needed to be full of light. The more I wrote about it, the more it became reality. I feel now that life can throw all the hard balls it wants to at me and I will survive it. I compare it with how a cancer survivor might feel. I had something happen to me that was out of my control, something that I didn’t want but I survived it and came out a more thankful person for having the experience to begin with. I’ve always looked at love as a gift and I’m so thankful of having that gift for a while.
Terrie shared a bit of love with me, whether she knew it or not. It’s so simple and easy to do this. All you have to do is share just a tiniest bit of your heart. Vocalize the goodness that’s there. Throw away the negativity in your heart and replace it with love. It can be done. Negativity is a habit, a very, very bad habit. And it can be broken. Put love in your heart and you will feel the change.
Here is my response to the love she gave me this morning…
“Phff… I’m just me, a perfect example of not letting the hard times define me. The last year has been the hardest personal struggle I’ve ever experienced. I never thought I would be alone at this stage of my life. I’ve found that if I make a determined effort to rise above the negativity, put a smile on my face, it does become real. It all comes down to choice and I’m choosing to be happy. I’m glad that I’ve been able to help in just the smallest of ways.”
Just try it yourself. Make the effort to fill your heart with light. If you can achieve this, you will too, feel humble in the end, and grateful for the real gifts in life.
Much love to you always,