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 Compassion. Write a relevant post and add it to the link-up right here by clicking the blue button below.
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