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People Are Awesome
You Are Awesome. Yes You.
Have you ever caught yourself thinking, people are really awesome? I love people? I did today. I've thought it other times, but today, it hit me smack dab in a love fest of appreciation. People really are awesome. The impetus for this particular revelation was a marvelous picture on Facebook. A row of super heroes washing windows at a children's hospital. How fantastic is that? Batman, Superman, Captain America, and Spiderman, all washing windows! I mean, really. It's a simple little thing, a gesture. And it brought delight and sunshine to the lives of children facing their day in a hospital room. Random act of silliness brings world of good. What makes me giddy when I think of this is, it's just a beginning. There's so much untapped potential goodness out there that it's mind boggling. It's not just the huge over the top gestures...it's the small, little things that make people so awesome.
Today I want to offer a tribute to people. You included. You are awesome. You are amazing. You inspire me. You touch me.
I don't watch the news because it's typically filled with messiness and ick. I prefer to fill my mind and spirit with beauty and love. And today, I'd rather be part of a wave of goodness. Goodness gone viral. Will you join me? Please, when you see something amazing, when you hear a story of random acts of kindness or do something good yourself, share it! I'll post things that you let me know about to this page. Let's see how good it can get!
Image courtesy of Akron Children's Hospital website: Superhero Window Washers
Super Fantastic Awesome People - Don't they just brighten your day?
To see the original article and even more awesome photos of these superhero window washers,
Photo by James Knox - Tribune Review
Credit also goes to Edward Matuizek, owner of Allegheny Window Cleaning who's wife's idea made all of this possible.
Awesome Links of People Being Awesome - Send me a message with your favorite stores of awesomeness!
- Love Flash Mob Brings Mom and Baby Home
I follow the blog Momastery.com and yesterday was able to participate and witness love in action. The link takes you to the plea. The most amazing part... in 5 1/2 hours, $83,000 was raised for this mama. And then more was raised. 5 1/2 hours. Really
- Red Robin Surprises Pregnant Mom to Be
A Red Robin Restaurant manager surprises a pregnant mom dining in their restaurant. Random Acts of Kindness!
- Kids Being Kids (and Awesome)
This is my son (7) dancing his heart out! We love him. The energizer bunny has nothing on him. And at the end...well, there's a little brotherly, ehem, love. Guess they have to keep each other in line.
- The broken cheeseburger
I loved this story when I first saw it on facebook and then when the article was written...well, I had to share! It's about how fabulous a waitress and manager were when they treated an autistic girl with love and respect and honored her desires. And
- Boys help save infant by showing mom cpr
Two boys, 9 and 10, showed a mom how to save her infant by doing cpr. They learned from posters. In the cafeteria. In school. Go boys!
- Security cameras catching people being awesome. :)
A facebook video showing people being kind, helpful, loving, honest and just all around awesome.
- High School football stars protect special needs girl
A high school football team takes a special needs girl under their wing and give her protection from the bullies that plagued her. Well done boys. Boo to the bullies.
- Tim's Place: Hugs served
Please, watch this video. I love Tim. Don't know him. But I love his spirit. Amazing!
Police Officer Offers Shoes - Random Act of Kindness
What Makes People So Amazing?
Is it our ability to feel, to empathize?
There is something that sets humanity apart from other species (well, I can't speak of alien species because they may have similar traits. I haven't met any, so I wouldn't know). We can reason. We can think logically of cause and effect, consequences. But that's not what I'm getting at here. Oh, and before I get too far, I love animals. I really love them. And I believe they can display bouts of affection and compassion even. I believe that animals show loyalty and sadness and a host other feelings. Some animals do show a large depth of emotion. But often the things we feel about animals are reflections of our own human emotions. While they can be amazing and even healing creatures, I think, maybe we can agree that there is a difference between animal and human. Agreed?
Agreed. There is a difference. And let's get back to what makes us so awesome. (and yes, I believe animals are awesome too but this is a lens titled people are awesome, not animals are awesome. Maybe I'll work on an that some other time. Stick with me now).
Here's what I felt when I saw the picture of the superheroes dangling from the sky for all the children to see. There's something beautiful about a group of people uniting together to make other people (particularly the littles among us) feel good. We as humans care. People care. I know, some people have temporarily lost their caring faculties and yes, I know there are people that act in hideously horrible ways. This isn't about that either. Because I believe that fundamentally, people are good and want to do good. People want to share and contribute and connect with others. We come into this world wanting to live our lives fully. That's our agenda. And even when we have forgotten our way, it still smolders inside.
People are funny, crazy, inspiring, motivating, wonderous, full of love and laughter and light. What if we let that light out on a global scale and refused to let the darkness overcome us? What if we poured out all our fabulous humanness in small and wonderful ways? What would happen to our world? I want to find out!
There are people doing amazing things on their own, great feats of athleticism and physical prowess.
There are people that do amazing things as a team.
Then there are people that do good things for other people.
Random acts of kindness. Simple acts of silliness. People forgetting their own foibles and fears and strutting their inner superhero for someone else.
That's when we are at our greatest. When we slip outside of our inner stories and dialogues and we act purely for someone else. That's where we shine.
I love people. I love our capacity for feeling sad, happy, amazed, enraged and a million other things. We are such a complex web of emotions and they are what make us uniquely qualified to connect with each other. We feel each other. We feel and we want to lift others up to feeling better. And I love that in the depths of all kinds of doom and gloom, we still find ways to shine our inner light.
Doesn't that inspire you?
More Evidence of The Awesomeness of People
My son being Awesome - He's my own energizer bunny
Wouldn't you like to bottle some of his energy?
This is the music my son dances his heart out to in the video. It always makes me tap my feet and just feel awesome!
And tell me when you hear of a great story that simply must be linked to.