We all have storms in our lives. Whether it is a tornado that rips through our town, destroying the things that lie in it’s path or a storm that rips through your family destroying relationships. Perhaps your storm is the death of a family member, some unexpected news, a life-altering event.
The nature of the storm doesn’t really matter. We all have storms. Storms we feel like we will never be able to make it out the other side of in tact. Storms we feel like will rip us apart until we are no longer complete.
And well, that is the nature of a storm, to bring darkness. To riddle us with rain, soaking us , making us feel as if there will never be light again. But guess what, there is always light after a storm. The rain cleanses and makes things look new…and usually, we are ok. We may loose sight for a bit, we may lose some material things…but, if you are reading this…you survived. That isn’t to say it is easy. Storms aren’t meant to be easy. They frighten.. They scare. They take my breath away.
What does this have to do with Pay It Forward Friday? Well, it seems like the majority of people I know are going through one storm or another at this time. Last week I didn’t post a Pay It Forward Friday. I just couldn’t wrap my head around what I wanted to say and I couldn’t share what I did. It was too personal for everyone involved. And this week it seems to be the same. I have opened my home to a friend in need of refuge, I opened my heart to another friend in need of some extra support and love, I opened my schedule for a friend in need of some of my time.
With the tragedies that befell Oklahoma this week there are many ways that you can pay it forward. Or, you can Pay It Forward by spending some time with a friend, neighbor or family member that just needs a little company. Or take a friend, neighbor or family member out for a cup of coffee and lend an ear without judgement on their situation. Perhaps you have big shoulders that can hold buckets of tears. Or a great smile that just brightens the day of everyone you come in contact with. All the little things make a difference to someone. And that my friends means the world to to them. And that is how YOU can help change the world.
I came across this video the other night, it had such an impact on my day and hope it does on yours as well. Zach Sobiech got it. My favorite quote of his when he was talking about life: It’s all about making other people happy.Sadly, Zach passed away earlier this week, but his legacy will live on for years to come I imagine. I hope that you will take the time to watch it and see just what this young man was all about.