Everyday Inspiration

Everyday Inspiration

How to Be Good for the World

posted by Alex Blackwell

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” – Margaret Mead

The world is hurting, again.

Yesterday was exceptionally busy – even for a Monday. When the workday finally came to a close, I jumped into my car looking forward to a peaceful night at home. But before leaving the office parking lot, I heard the news.

Another shooting.

This time in Washington D.C.

This time 13 dead.

This time all over, again.

Listening to the news was another reminder that we aren’t safe anywhere – not where we watch a movie; not where we send our children to school and not where we work.

The world is hurting, again.

We can choose to add to the pain; we can choose to ignore it; or we can chose to do something about.

I choose to do something about it. I won’t be held hostage by fear.

I choose to be good for the world. And through my words and actions, I will show everyone who crosses my path that the world can be a place of peace.

If you want to walk the same path with me, here are a few things we can do together to be good for the world.

And if we do, maybe a little of the pain can be replaced with love. Continue Reading This Post »

10 Ways to Increase Your Creativity

posted by Alex Blackwell

“Creativity makes a leap, then looks to see where it is.” – Mason Cooley

Are you looking for new ways to solve problems or innovative strategies to approach difficult situations?

Increasing your creativity could be the answer. But don’t think boosting creativity is just for artists, poets or musicians. Discovering ways to increase creativity is for anyone looking to get out of a rut. It can also show the world the wonderful gifts you have to offer.

So, if you find yourself stuck with how to talk with your partner, or can’t decide what color to paint your kitchen, or if you are experiencing writer’s block, consider these 10 ways to increase your creativity. Continue Reading This Post »

Leaving the Light On

posted by Alex Blackwell

“Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.” – William Shakespeare

The lights in my house are burning a little later these days. My daughter and son have returned home, but for different reasons.

Caitlin is back with us as she pursues her graduate degree in social welfare. Andrew is home considering what his next step should be after deciding college baseball wasn’t for him.

So, the nights of turning off the lights and heading to bed have been replaced with leaving a light on for either my son or daughter. They know to turn off the light when they return. This will be the cue that they have made it back home safely.

Leaving the light on has been a good reminder to notice the other things that are important.

When you leave the light on for the things that are close to your heart, you are calling these things in from the shadows. You are saying you want to see these things with better clarity. You want them to be more obvious and you want to acknowledge their presence.

What, or who, are you leaving the light on for right now? Is it: Continue Reading This Post »

Show Real Love

posted by Alex Blackwell

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Teresa

The Syrian debate is raging.

Caught in the rhetoric’s crossfire isn’t the Democrats or Republicans; it’s the Syrian people who need more than an Act of Congress to help them – what they need is love; real love.

It doesn’t matter your politician affiliation, your nationality or your religious preference. All that matters is we come together to show love, real love, to one other.

Maybe if we get into the habit of showing real love, then it will create a tsunami-sized wave large enough to reach the Syrians, and everyone else who needs it, too.

The wave can get its start anywhere. It can start in the United States, Russia or Great Brittan because real love doesn’t need a passport, a visa or an interpreter. Real love just needs you and me so we can keep its power, and promise, alive forever.

We can show real love by: Continue Reading This Post »

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