Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Remember, We're All In This Together!

Waiting to "walk the bridge"

This past weekend, P & I participated in the "walk the bridge" event here in Louisville.  We have a new bridge that the city has been working on forEVER, and now they've finally opened it up partially to traffic. Before it opened up to vehicles, pedestrians were allowed to come and check it out (Saturday at 10:00 AM). The day didn't flow quite the way it was originally planned - it was super foggy that morning so the ceremony was running quite late. Of course, we got there early, and so we ended up waiting quite a while. As we were waiting on the bridge, packed in with all the other people (where some were chanting "Open the bridge! Open the bridge!"), P and I started to get a little nervous. There's so much going on in the world today that is scary and outside of our control, so several people around us were discussing what could happen (stampede, riot, bomb, gunman, bridge collapse, etc).  It was a little freaky, and in all honesty, we spent several minutes discussing an exit strategy, just in case.    

Thankfully, it was uneventful, and we were able to walk the bridge and say we did! In all, it was a cool experience!

However, this event made me think about things. I don't regularly watch the news because there's so much doom and gloom that it's easy to get sucked in and be convinced that the world is a horrible place. Politics are another story altogether (although it does make me laugh to look at Trump's hair).  

The thing is, it's not all bad.  There's so much good going on in the world, especially this time of year when people are more giving and we think more of doing things for others.

I saw this video today on Facebook and it really struck a cord with me:

This poor little girl was being harassed by bullies, but these awesome bystanders weren't having it. (via Rob Bliss Creative)
Posted by Upworthy on Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Please, use this video as inspiration. Let's take care of each other! Or if that didn't do it for you, check these out:
Do something nice for someone else without wanting something in return.  I promise, it'll make you feel good!  (Have you ever heard the phrase "the more you give, the more you'll receive?" It's true!) Here are just some examples:
  • If you see someone getting bullied, say something!
  • At the coffee shop, pay for the person behind you
  • In traffic, be patient with those cars around you
  • If someone is from out of town or doesn't have family nearby, invite them to your holiday celebration
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter
  • Tell a friend or coworker what you appreciate about them
  • If you know someone who is struggling this time of year, reach out to them, even to just say hello and that you're thinking about them
  • When someone does something nice for you, say thank you, and pay it forward
  • Smile at a stranger and say hello! It might just be the thing that helps them make it through their day
Tis the season! We're all in this together, so let's work together to make this world a better place!

What can you do today to make someone else's day better?  Have you heard a story recently that really inspired you to do something nice for others?  Please share in the comments!

Have a great week! :)

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