AIN'T LIFE GRAND - Inspirational
"Live Life Now" Hub
I so want to make you feel better today after you read this. I'm not going to teach you anything or preach to you about something that I know nothing about. I'm not in the mood to research anything right now, but I'm in the mood to reach out to whoever is on this page in this very special moment. This "hub" my friend is from my heart and soul and as corny as it may seem, this is 100% me.
There are many friends that I know right now that are hurting in a big way and I want to reach out and tell them that everything will be ok. Like that famous line in one of my favorite Tom Petty songs..."most of the things I worry about, never happens anyway." This is true most of the time, but if hard times hit we need to think of ways to make them better. I too have had a very difficult year and I keep praying that opportunities will show themselves to me in mysterious ways like they have in the past couple of weeks. The difference is now I'm finally ready to receive these wonderful and very clear messages because I have been forced to focus on the most important things in my life right now. My love for my children and family, writing, making music and keeping up with everything else that is part of living "my life." In recent times my love for photography has shown itself once again right now in a big way after quite a few years.
Life gets busy and we do forget the things that we love when we are stressed out. Over time things seem to disappear in the hustle of real life and we keep making promises that we never keep to ourselves. Each time we do this, we no longer value these promises. So, I picked up my camera the other day and went on an adventure to jump start my love for this medium once again. I didn't think of the thousands of photographs in boxes of celebrities and fashion shots from many years ago that were never taken with a digital camera that I will someday have to scan. I thought of new digital moments in a walk outside in the forest and the falcon flying up above me and nothing else EXCEPT for the gofer he was spotting down below.
People are no longer getting paid like they used to and resources are running out. Corporations are laying off thousands and even people with less can't even buy groceries. The communities are reaching out and I try to do my best to help and when I do I always end up in tears because I'm terrified for everyone, especially the children who have nothing or family around because they are doing anything to make ends meet. I always worry about the children and one thing comes to mind that happened at the end of my kids school term before the Summer break. I came to visit my daughter for lunch and the school has a lunch policy where you can pay money towards your kids getting lunch at school if they do not bring it from home. I used to make lunches for them weekly, but let them get two school lunches for a change during the week. One of the last days I was there I found out that the school was $3,000.00 in the hole from people who did not or could not pay for lunches for their kids. By the end it got to a point where the school had to say, if you do not pay then your child will not receive lunch until you do. That last day that I was sitting there there were quite a few kids with no lunch and this made me feel horrible. My daughter tried to give a young boy some of her food and then I had her buy an extra snack, but still. It was hard to imagine if it will get any worse then it was before the Summer.
The point of this hub is to make you think about all of the things you have. Maybe money is tight, maybe you can't do some of the things you used to do but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Use this time to make a difference and then your community and your family will benefit in mysterious ways. I have promised myself that I would help raise more funds for my children's school this year since the California budgets will be minimal. I will take all of my powerful contacts in the Entertainment industry (who are also experiencing change in a big way) and bring them into the fold so that we can raise money for the school and that kids can eat nomatter what. I will take my love for photography and use it to help people or the school raise even more funds. The point is if you are really stressed out and worried about the next check, take something that you love and do something. If anything you will meet some amazing people and create a network that can make a difference. I know families in my town that have created food drives so that they can feed their children and also help others. Others are having garage sales together and dividing the money between them even if some had more then others.
The bottom line is that "Life is Grand" when you make it that way. You can not wait for it to just "happen" especially in times like these. You have to make it happen and take those little steps and then one day when it does and you see what you have created from your heart you will be able to say, "Ain't Life Grand."
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