#10 Airbnb Users Opening Homes for Free to Hurricane Florence Victims
It’s so amazing to see the world coming together in a time of natural disaster and devastation for so many families. Over 300 homes in Alabama and Pennsylvania are opening up their doors for Hurricane Florence evacuees, for free! Airbnb is closely involved, stating that this option on their website will be open until October 1st, 2018.
If you are someone that wants to get involved and open your home to a family in need, visit airbnb.com/disaster and click “I can offer my space for free.”
If you or someone you know are in need of relief from the storm, you can find a list of all free, open spaces at: Current Open Homes.
Take the time today to reflect on your health, safety, and loved ones – we never know when a natural (or unnatural) disaster will happen. I know I am counting my blessings this week and making sure I stay in contact with a family member I have in North Carolina. If any of you know anyone involved in the Carolina’s, I hope for their safety and peace of mind.
#9 Teen Girl Saved From Sex Trafficking by Local Postal Worker
I recently read a chilling story about how a 40-year old postal worker in Sacramento, California heard a young girl crying behind a tree while he was out on delivery. What he came to find out, it that 16 year old, Crystal, jumped from a car where she was being sex trafficked. Postal worker, Ivan, who is a Father of 4 turned on his parenting instincts and truly was a hero to Crystal, taking her in and helping her call her Mother and the police. All it takes is ONE person to help save a life. Let that person be you.
Read the full story at: Teen Says Postal Worker Saved Her From Sex Trafficking
If you or someone you know have been/are a victim of sex trafficking, call 1.888.373.7888 to speak with someone at the National Sex Trafficking Hotline or visit humantraffickinghotline.org.
#8 Wedding Organized for Man With Heart Failure During His Final Days
The best part about this story, is that it was organized by complete strangers! So amazing how a small community came together in under a week to help a man, Phillip, who had congestive heart failure make his 3 wishes come true; one of them being, to marry his partner, Tiffany. Just a couple of days later, Phillip passed away, however, his dreams came true. Life is all about making the most out of the time that we have.
Read the full story at: Strangers Organize Wedding For a Man with Failing Heart.
What did you do today to work toward your dreams? It’s never too late to start planning.
#7 Homeless Man Lands the Job With Help From a Police Officer
I’ll just leave this here! It makes me so happy when people find opportunity, especially when perfect strangers are there to help out along the way. Click the link: Police Officer Helps Homeless Man Get a Job at McDonalds to read/watch the whole news story. In summary, a police officer in Florida helps a homeless man “clean up” for an interview when they both see a job recruiter on the street…and the results are awesome.
#6 7 Year Old Boy Starts ‘Underground Railroad’ to Save Thousands of Dogs From Kill Shelters
I don’t know about all of you, but I am such an animal-lover! This news story is so lovable. Follow the link for a story titled: 7 Year Old Boy Starts ‘Underground Railroad’ to Rescue over 1,000 Dogs From Kill Shelters.
The story outlines how a young boy and his Mom work together to rescue dogs from being euthanized/put-down and how far they travel to do so. They call it “Project Freedom Ride”. Amazing! Just the story I needed for a little pick-me-up today. Hope you enjoy it as well!
#5 Evidence Proves That Your Dog Cares For Your Safety and Will Run to Action
We all like to convince ourselves that our pets love us just like we love them, even though they can’t say it. Good thing they show it twice as much! Love this article about an experiment done that proves your dogs feel distressed when you are distressed and will go to extensive lengths to get you help or provide you comfort.
(side tangent: people need to be more like dogs)
Read the full, heartfelt article at: More Evidence That Proves Your Dog Will Do Anything to Help When You’re Distressed
HOW TO REGISTER YOUR PET TO BECOME AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL –
I also want to leave this resource here: My Pet Certs is a great website to register your furry lifeline as an ESA (Emotional Support Animal). Benefits include:
- traveling on public transportation with your pet
- housing rights – lets you live in places that have a no-pet-policy.
- allows you to bring your pet in public (only excludes restaurants/stores)
- allows you to feel comforted/more “at ease” with your pet
- many other money-saving reasons
Another way to do this (the way I did it) is to get a “prescription” for an ESA – moreorless, your Doctor can write a letter stating why he/she thinks an ESA will be beneficial for you and notarize it to your apartment/leasing office/tenant/transportation – whomever.
(I am not biased – I am equally a dog AND a cat person) Hope you find this helpful!
#4 Bartender Serves Homeless Man Much More Than He Can Afford
Such a heartwarming, kind, and thoughtful article I read this morning about a homeless man walking into a restaurant asking what he can buy to eat with his only $2.00. The bartender responds by buying the homeless man much more than he could afford. Look at the full article/news story at: Bartender Serves Homeless Man Much More Than He Could Afford.
Simple acts of kindness go a long way! Personally, making others feel good makes me feel good about myself. Try it, and pay it forward!
#3 Stranger Helps Widow Celebrate After Seeing Him Buy Gifts in a Grocery Store
This news story melts my heart and makes me so happy that someone reached out to this older man to make his night a little bit easier. In summary, the older man is buying a bouquet of flowers and cake to celebrate his deceased wife’s birthday. The younger man catches him in the store, asking him what he is celebrating, and it turns into so much more. Read the full article at: Stranger Helps Lonely Widow Celebrate after Seeing Flowers and Cake in his Shopping Cart.
It just goes to show how much both sides can benefit by simply asking “How are you” or making small talk. You never know what someone is going through and how much talking about it can help!
#2 Dog Pushes Disabled Owner’s Wheelchair Down the Street
I think we can learn a lot from animals – they are so compassionate and loving! Take a look at this story and video about a dog in the Philippines pushing his owner in a wheelchair down the street. It makes sense why a dog is a man’s best friend! I wish people were as understanding, helpful, and loyal as animals show half the time. See the full video and story at : Dog Pushes His Disabled Owner’s Wheelchair Down the Street.
#1 Thanking police officers across America
I love this story about a young boy thanking police officers, who so far has traveled to 31 states to do so. Such a sweet and meaningful gesture. He first got the idea when he saw 4 police officers in his local grocery store and offered to buy them all donuts with his allowance. Check out the full article called ‘Donut Boy’ has delivered over 65k doughnuts to thank police officers across the country.
Resilience (noun): the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties
To me, life is all about resilience in the most generic form. In other words, how we respond to events, situations, feelings, etc. determines how resilient we are, and therefore, how overall happy we are. Resilience is all about bouncing back from negative situations, responding appropriately to a dilemma, and communicating with others effectively and in a healthy way. Pretty much, resilience is all about accepting, responding, and building yourself back up to contentment.
Here is a poem I love about the topic to depict it in a better way:
There is nothing beautiful
about the wreckage of a human being.
There is nothing pretty
What is beautiful is
as they display an ocean of courage
when they pick through the wreckage of their life
to build something beautiful brand new,
against every odd
that is stacked against them.
– Nikita Gill
The Journey by Mary Oliver
This is a poem I read in the new book I’ve been reading that I mentioned in a previous post, titled “First, We Make the Beast Beautiful” by Sarah Wilson. I am only 15 pages in and am hooked and amazed at the power behind her words! I wanted to just quickly share a poem by Mary Oliver that she references on the 12th page, titled “The Journey.” This poem moved me to tears because it paints such a vivid picture of anxiety and the strength and determination it takes to overcome it/battle with it daily. Let me know your thoughts.
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
their bad advice –
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice,
which you slowly recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do –
determined to save
the only life you could save.
misconception of it all…
You know those days where it feels like no-one really gets it? They say they do, but their actions show that they really don’t? Yeah…I’m having one of those days. Here is a piece that came to me so quick, I wrote it in my journal in about 2 minutes and the pen didn’t stop moving. Here is the word vomit:
What rhymes with anxiety?
What rhymes with society?
. . .
Silently watching like they’re at the zoo
Why does it feel like no-one has a clue?
Watching, waiting for our next “unpredictable” move
– – how about simply asking “how are you?”
The ONLY word I can describe it as is – melting, overwhelming, depressing, rebelling, dwelling…
. . .
Who is there, helping?
Who is trying to understand instead of judge?
How about we show some compassion before we misinterpret and misjudge?
. . .
Just because in the moment it doesn’t feel like anyone is listening, doesn’t mean it’s true! Emotions can feel heavy, but we have to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. People DO care, whether we want to believe it at the moment or not. Yes, I act out on my first emotion at times also, but being able to write poetry and journal allows me to ‘spill’ everything I am thinking out onto paper and therefore help me prioritize and rationalize a little bit better. When I read what I write back to myself, it all doesn’t feel so “big/heavy” as it originally did. I’ll end it on this:
Today I am grateful for:
- Having people in my life who DO care and WILL listen, all I have to do is ask appropriately.
- Having a job where I can help others with mental struggles.
- Being able to rationalize my emotions better than I used to.
cleaning out the closet…
My previous blog post gave me some inspiration! Love when this happens. The poetry that I always love most are the ones that came to me spontaneously, without straining myself to come up with something to write.
Looking through the designer hole in the wall
Asking why I ever needed these at all.
Still with tags 70% of clothes hang
I keep them in belief I will wear them and change.
. . .
Looking through the hole that stores my mind
Asking why I always feel the need to rewind.
Still is my body as I sort through these thoughts.
Realizing they are all self-taught.
. . .
It’s not too late to return these, I reassure myself
Think about it, if you do, you will have more wealth.
As I start cleaning out the closet, I feel lighter
It’s time to start fresh, the future is brighter.