Week 4, Day 5 – Make a Difference
Yesterday, we mentioned how inspiration is necessary to make a difference. When we find something that inspires us, we feel compelled to take action. We want to move forward, do something, or help someone. We can finally see beyond ourself and we desire making a difference for those around us.
Inspiration can be found anywhere and everywhere. It can come in a quote, a book, a TV show, an interview, from nature, a painting, a friend, someone’s story, kids, food,…. I think you get the idea. Just last night, I was watching football through my NFL GamePass and a Lowe’s commercial inspired me. I had never really thought about their slogan outside of home improvement, but it is a brilliant statement for us this week! “Never Stop Improving.” And, so, yes, today’s post was born from a Lowe’s commercial!
Just like we discussed early this week, we all have at least one story to share. A story that requires bold and courageous action to make a difference. We need our attitude of gratitude to help us find the world as awe-inspiring and keep us called to action. We need to quickly forgive ourselves and others to continuously strengthen our foundation of gratitude. John Milton said it best, “Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.”
Without a grateful heart, we miss opportunities for inspiration. When we miss inspiration, we miss opportunities to create unity through our actions, no matter how small the difference may seem at the time. To continuously cultivate gratitude and a life of awe, we must never stop improving. When we feel ourselves losing our ability to quickly let go of hurts, or not find the world around us as awe-inspiring, we need to return to the basics and learn once again what it takes to keep our Spirit of Giving alive.
*Mindful Moments – Take a few minutes today to sit in a quiet place and write some notes. Refer back to the first week of your journey, pull out your personal Spectrum of Giving and how you defined yourself that week. Mindfully go through your transformation as it has happened over the last few weeks and write your experience in your gratitude journal. Keep it marked as a reference and a guide to help you in the future when you feel like you are not giving as generously as you should. Let your story help you pinpoint the area of your life that needs to be improved, and then move forward with the tools to make it happen. Take a deep breath, hold it for two seconds and slowly release.
*Grateful Graces – What are you thankful for today?
to be continued…Week 4, Day 6: Haters Gonna Hate, Brag On!
New to the series? No problem. Start the 28-day journey to renewing your Spirit of Giving from the beginning with Week 1 – Learning the Basics , Week 2 – An Attitude of Gratitude – OR – Week 3 – Livin’ by Forgivin’.