I live in a desert city. Yet there are small man made lakes around the area. Seeing the water as I make my way around town refreshes me. I have always loved the water. I think my favorite water-based critter is the bottle nose dolphin. They make me happy because they laugh. How can you not like them, right?
Despite the turmoil I see in the world around me, I know that people with joyful, peaceful spirits impact us all each day. Joy and optimism spread, too; not just bitterness and pessimism. Sooner or later, good triumphs over evil. God triumphs over Satan. When people realize that joyfulness and kindness will be accepted and not ridiculed, they will get brave. You see, we all long for belonging and acceptance. Maslow told us that with his hierarchy of needs.
But this is more than a theory for me. I am braver than many when it comes to opening myself up to potential ridicule. In classes I never hesitated to ask a question or offer an answer. I didn’t really care if someone made fun of me. Well, actually I cared some, and even cried if I was picked on (often later). But I was not about to refrain from asking a question or offering an answer. I knew that there was probably at least one other person that was afraid to do the same thing.
Each person each of us encounters that we then treat with love, joy, compassion, is affected. They are changed by our presence. Pretty soon little droplets of the water of human kindness becomes a glorious lake. So you see~your kindnesses to me get passed on and become part of my lake. Thank you for your nourishing and compassionate ways. Have a lovely day.