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Her Happy Place | #1000Speak

Her Happy Place

She drinks in the morning’s gentle glow,
watching rich plums, fade into rouge, orange peaks
unfolding,
and finally bright yellow
chases away lingering tendrils of inky night skies.
Even the distant mountains’ craggy peaks
seem to stretch a little
to feel dawn’s embrace.
Her puppy lifted his sleepy head once
giving a half-hearted yip at birds
singing their morning tribute
in the maple trees.
She sipped her coffee from her chipped mug,
toes curled on her porch’s rail.
Pink polish matched the swaying the posies.
She smiled,
settling into her happy place.

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Welcome to the 20th of March, which is when #1000 Speak for Compassion like to spread joy across the internet. Today is also International Day of Happiness, which I think is an absolutely brilliant pairing.

Write something about your happiness, finding happiness, happiness in general, or compassion. Be sure to link up below, we want to read what your thoughts.

Other ways to get involved:
Join 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion on Facebook
Visit the 1000Speak blog
Follow @1000Speak on Twitter
Use the #1000Speak hashtag across social media.



Aloha y’all!

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A Year of Compassion #1000Speak

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It was only supposed to be for one day. One day where bloggers, vloggers, writers, poets, and folks in general came together to try to bring a little light into the universe. Just one day to make a change the way we know how. Our words. .

Then people started showing up. More than we’d ever imagined. They enthusiasm was infectious. I got caught up in it. I even volunteered to make a video that felt way beyond my skill set at the time, but I wanted to do it. Needed to do it. That too was a learning experience for me. These mostly strangers bonded over a need to make the world happier. One little corner of the internet at a time. They wanted to be a part of this village. They wanted to show the world that there’s more than violence, hate, hurt, and harm.

There’s love here. Peace. Hope. Quiet whispered prayers at night. A mother kissing a child’s brow. A father tickling a toddler to giggles. Brothers and sisters kicking up sand and laughing. Friends sharing a smile. Lovers embracing under a sunny sky. A community across a global scale sharing in a hope, that we can be that change we want to see. We can bring some happiness into the world.

We must remind ourselves and each other that life is dark, but there is light too. We’re programmed as people to remember the negative. The hurts. The bad things. Remembering those bad things means potentially avoiding pain in the future, so our minds wraps itself around the negative and holds on too tightly. We have to breathe deeply and put ourselves in a more positive state of mind. Turn away from the Dark Side and embrace the force. So to speak.

For a year, we’ve worked on that. Talking about different aspects of that light like compassion, hope, and love. Bringing together people from all over the world, who just want to share joy instead of tears.

It was only supposed to be one day. It’s been a year. A year in compassion. And I’m so proud to have been a part of this journey.

This month, 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion continues to work toward a better world with a focus on Celebrating A Year of CompassionWrite a relevant post and add it to the link-up right here by clicking the blue button below.

Here’s how to get involved:

Join 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion on Facebook

Visit the 1000Speak blog

Follow @1000Speak on Twitter

Use the #1000Speak hashtag across social media.

 

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Self-Compassion for the Holidays | 1000 Speak for Compassion

It’s that time of year when everyone is more concerned with their loved ones, peace on Earth, and our fellow man. I love that you can feel it in the air. I enjoy seeing Christmas lights and menorahs in windows. The general feeling is beautiful.

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There’s another side to the holiday season. There’s a hustle and bustle. Making sure to buy the right presents, to have the perfectly pinable holiday dinner, the cutest family greet cards. There’s an inexplicable urge to be the family, whether it’s quirkiest, funniest, or most loving. The perfect representation of *insert ideal here.* This isn’t a universal truth, of course. I’ve just noticed it and thought about it.

I feel like that myself sometimes in different aspects of my life.

I was thinking a lot last week about the pursuit of perfection and how the mistakes I make are magnified by a thousand in my mind. Though most people probably don’t see them unless I point them out. And I gave myself permission to stop. To just be. To feel what I needed to feel, to step back a few steps, and just breathe.

I urge you, my dear reader, to give yourself permission to be as imperfectly wonderful as you are. To enjoy the holiday season without putting undue pressure on yourself. Be in the moment and enjoy yourself. Give yourself the give of self-compassion and love.

You deserve it.

 

It’s that time of the month where we talk about a different topic for 1000 Speak for Compassion. This month’s topic (fittingly I think) is compassion. Feel free to add your thoughts by writing a post and linking it up. Check out the other posts in the linkup as well. T’is the season and all.

Is this totally new to you? Here’s how it all started.

Here’s how to get involved:
Join 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion on Facebook
Visit the 1000Speak blog
Follow @1000Speak on Twitter
Use the #1000Speak hashtag across social media.

Aloha y’all! 

 

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