I’ve been thinking quite a bit about a friend who passed away a little over a year ago. She is best described as giggling, cussing sunshine, and that’s how I’ll always remember her. She turned cinnamon candy red when she laughed, and she had a heart that overflowed with love for animals. I think that she saved about five dogs and cats from abusive situations. I won’t pretend to know what she was going through, I won’t pretend to comprehend her pain, and I won’t pretend to understand her actions. I wish for a lot of things, but I wish that she had seen how good she was and how much she was loved. Most of all, though, I wish that there was an “undo” button.
Sometimes, I think that we get down on ourselves. We can get into ruts where we think that we can’t do anything right and that there’s little good in us. Maybe we compare ourselves to others and think that we’re not doing enough with our lives. Maybe we don’t feel pretty enough, handsome enough, thin enough, muscular enough, smart enough—heck, that we’re just not enough. While it’s great to want to better ourselves, sometimes we forget the good things that we’ve already done and the good that is already in us. The dark overwhelms, and it chokes out the light. It’s when this happens that is the most worrisome. So, in the memory of my giggling, cussing sunshine friend, I want to issue a challenge to anyone who reads this. I want you to write a list of ten good things that you’ve done in your life (and I’ll do this too, although I probably won’t post it). They don’t have to be seemingly huge things like saving a baby hedgehog from a burning hamster cage (although, if you’ve done that, you, my friend, get major kudos). It can be as small as giving someone a Scantron, sharing your lunch, opening a door for a person, or complimenting someone because he/she looks like he/she has had a rough day. Even the smallest of things can have an impact, and, oftentimes, you won’t know the full ripple effect of your actions. Keep this list somewhere, and the next time that you get down on yourself, I want you to take it out and read it. Remember the light that you’ve created and that’s in you. Don’t need an “undo” button.
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