It’s Friday! And I wanted to celebrate it by sharing some things I hope will make others smile, the same way they made me. The amazingly inspiring, Kristen McKee has a weekly post entitled– My Top Five. Below is my own contribution to it, with a collection of the most inspiring things I’ve come across recently. Everything from videos I have to watch over and over, to stories that bring tears to my eyes. I haven’t made a weekly commitment to it as Kristen has, so some may not be from exactly the past seven days, but it’s something I’d like to share as often as possible, as I believe we all need these little discoveries and reminders in our lives.
1. The Loveumentary– “Why I’m Terrified of Relationships” This is true heart, depth and emotion poured into a soul/fear-baring article. This piece makes me especially proud to be able to contribute even the tiniest part to this amazing project. I’m thankful to know such an honest and inspiring individual and have the honor of calling Nate my friend.
2. Lost Generation is a poem I first read post on Ermilia’s blog. The creativity alone is impressive, but the message is much deeper. I love the double meaning of the entire piece, emphasized in the last line “And all of this will come true unless we reverse it.” I highly encourage everyone to give it a read 🙂
3. Calm.com– Enough said.
4 & 5. The tragedies in Boston are still difficult to wrap my head around. I would never say ANYTHING “good” came out of such horrific events. But…. the the unity among the people of Boston, the United States, and truly all around the world, is a beautiful thing. Reminders like this make me hopeful that together, many of us can inspire changes in the way we view and treat others, as well as ourselves. I’m using #’s 4 & 5 because there are just too many kind, heroic and moving acts that I want to share. Not only to revisit them again myself but to share with others who may not have yet experienced them.
Boston. Fucking horrible.
I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, “Well, I’ve had it with humanity.”
But I was wrong. I don’t know what’s going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.
But here’s what I DO know. If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we’re lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they’re pointed towards darkness.
But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago.
So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.” -Patton Oswalt
I would love for everyone to share their inspirational discoveries as well. Please feel free to post in the comments and even stop by Courage, Love, Intensity and share them with Kristen, as well 🙂