Friday, May 15, 2020

May 15--Where Would I Be Without Coffee? In Bed.

What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?  --George Eliot

     Actually, I live for coffee. 
     Joking aside, we are hard-wired to love, and love makes life less difficult. Research has shown that volunteering improves overall health, self-confidence and happiness. Helping others is a win-win for both the giver and receiver. 
     In addition to directly assisting someone, there are myriad ways in which others have made life less difficult. Howard Thurman offered this: “Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” The inventors of the personal computer were not setting out to make my particular life less difficult, but by following their passionate interests, they made millions of lives less difficult, and lots more fun. Many authors have made my life less difficult with their inspired writing, giving me comfort, entertainment or inspiration when I needed it. The staff and volunteers of Beauties & Beasts, a local animal rescue group, in living out their love for animals made our lives way more joyful with the rescue and placing of wonder-dog Barney in our home. Following the love in one's heart is a win-win for all. 
     Lastly, there's simple kindness. A smile, a supportive word, a love note, a phone call, a hug--all these can make life less difficult, and require very little effort. Kindness is an easy and wonderful practice. I recommend it daily. 😊
     Time for coffee!


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