Some days I take to this blog, and what gets written has nothing to do with surfing, the ocean, the shops, the beach, or the products we carry. Today is one of those days… after what happened at the Boston Marathon earlier this week and todays manhunt for the perpetrators of the violent hateful act, I just don’t feel like writting something fuzzy and fluffy. What I really feel like doing is curling up under a pile of blankets and pretending nothing bad will ever happen again. A little blanket hive of denial… maybe with some goose down pillows and a cable channel that only plays shows about happy kitties and puppies frolicking in the tall grass. But, in reality, as lovely as a blanket hive sounds, it isn’t realistic. Boo. So, instead, I am doing what all of us must do at times like this, I have to remind myself of the good in the world. The bright. The joyful.
I found comfort in many things in the past days… one is spending time reading all the accounts of people helping one another. Wether it was the stories of the helpers rushing to help the fallen at the race site just moments after the bombs went off, or the stories of the citizens of Boston opening up their homes to racers who couldn’t get back to their hotels/cars/homes. There are so many good and perfect human moments to read about, spend a little time reading them, it helps the heart.
Another is comedian Patton Oswalt’s words in the hours after the bombs went off..
From Patton Oswalt’s Facebook….
This is a giant planet and we’re lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they’re pointed towards darkness.
But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago.
It helps to remind yourself, even though a few individuals can do so much harm so quickly, the world still is a basically good and descent place full of kind and caring people.
Finally, I re-read this all the time. it’s a list of “reminders” on life from Mind Body Green. Read through the list, and take some time for yourself today. We’ll be back on Tuesday with warm fuzzies about surfing, the beach, the shops, and fun products.
1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
4. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
5. Make time to meditate.
7. Read more books than you did in 2012.
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minute walk daily. And while you walk, smile.
11. Comparing our lives to others is fruitless. We have no idea what their journey is about.
12. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones especially about things out of our control. Invest energy in the positive present moment.
13. Try not to over do. Understand limits.
14. Why take ourselves so seriously. No one else does.
15. Gossip drains precious energy.
16. Dream more while we are awake.
17. Envy is a waste of time. We already have all we need.
18. Forget issues of the past. Let go of our partners mistakes of the past. Focus on our present/future happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
20. Make peace with our past so it won’t spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of our happiness except us.
22. Realize that life is a school and we are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons we learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. We don’t have to win arguments. It’s ok to agree to disagree.
25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is insignificant compared to what you think of yourself.
31. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends & family will. Stay in touch.
32. Do the right thing!
33. Keep only things that are useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. Time heals everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
36. No matter how we feel, get up, dress up, and show up.
37. The best is yet to come.
38. When we awake alive in the morning, be thankful.
39. Our Inner most is always happy. Release your “Inner Happy” on the world every day!
Thank you again to Patton Oswalt and Mind Body Green for these words…. <3