This morning, as I was cooking “eggie sammiches” for my family, I was also thinking about Thanksgiving. I was suddenly overwhelmed with emotion, realizing that I am thankful for every moment of my life, and every meal I cook, with love, for my family. While I adore holidays for their family focus, I also know that I have finally walked down the path of seeing every moment as a blessing.
This is a wonderful place to be, as it colors every aspect of the world, teasing out every drop of beauty and joy. I am so happy to be in this place, and I hope you are all feeling this way too, or on your way to it, because I believe it is Heaven on earth.
Please get comfortable and lets enjoy some feel good news together! While I didn’t look for a focus this week, compassion came up again and again. As always, there is much more good news than we could share in this space, so please continue looking around for more if you are moved to.
Practicing Self-Compassion is good for you.
Compassion is a divine quality, but how often do we practice it with ourselves? Those in service are constantly working to treat others with kindness and love and yet still have internal conversations that are less than loving.
This habit of self-defeating behavior can be changed. Making the effort to be compassionate to ourselves is one of the best gifts we can receive. It leads to self-acceptance and love, and this attitude radiates out in all directions. When we love ourselves, we are able to spread it around to others in bigger doses, and still have plenty for own heart.
In this article, Emma Seppala speaks about her time at Yale University as a member of “the elite of the elite.” She describes how that sickening statement, made by the dean of her school, led her down a pathway to becoming her own best friend.
Getting practical about compassionate communities.
Lots of people have the impression that there is simply no way to solve persistent problems in this world. That attitude alone is what holds back progress towards a world that works for everyone.
There are many programs working toward the common good in the world, and are doing so in new and innovative ways. This article describes seven programs employing innovative and successful ways of looking at critical social issues. I am sure there are many more programs out there. They are certainly an inspiration for us all to open up our minds and think differently about problem solving.
Man’s best friend stows away when his owner is rushed to the hospital.
J.R. Nicholson experienced dizziness and was rushed to the hospital last week. His dog Buddy wasn’t going to leave his side, and
he jumped on the side rail of the ambulance as it rushed away.
A driver saw the dog clinging on to the side of the vehicle, and flagged the ambulance driver down. The dog rode on the outside of the van for about 20 miles and, thankfully, was unharmed. They brought the dog into the van and continued on to the hospital. Mr. Nicholson was released from the hospital without complications. He and his devoted furry friend are back home on their ranch in Texas.
Security cameras don’t just catch criminals, they sometimes catch Good Samaritans too.
In an age of constant surveillance, we might think of security cameras as a source of bad news only. This wonderful video on Real Life Heroes is made up entirely of events caught on security camera tapes, and had me crying with joy at people helping others.
Beautiful places on earth.
I wanted to tell you about one of my favorite sites that shares all the amazing places on earth. This site shares both natural and man made locations, and celebrates the magnificent wonder that is our beautiful planet earth.
That’s the news for today. Have a lovely day. I hope to see you back here tomorrow for more news!
Be Well. Be Joy. Be Love!