Bohemian Babe Travels Discovers Being The Love
by Christina Grozik
A smile, a compliment or buying a meal for someone who is homeless are all things that could make an impact much greater than the person doing it may ever know. Kindness or love shouldn’t require a special day to be recognized much like designating a day to treat the earth with respect. Shouldn’t these actions already be part of our daily practice?
We don’t always realize the importance of our actions on others. I teach a writing class and the first principle that I like to share with my students is the impact of our words. Whether they pursue writing professionally or are taking my class because it is a requirement in their major, they are (like us) all authors of the world. Every email that is sent, every conversation that is had, every random encounter with a stranger, we are all putting things into the world that are shaping it. We create those dialogues daily. Rachel Platten, said it well in her “Fight Song” when she illustrates this point:
Like a small boat
On the ocean
Sending big waves
Like how a single word
Can make a heart open
I might only have one match
But I can make an explosion
A single word can make a heart open. It can also have the opposite effect. Wouldn’t you rather be the person that leaves someone with a smile than the one that causes sorrow?
I shared with my class an article that was once appeared in a very prominent magazine. It listed the least influential people in Hollywood. Is that the message we want to send into the world? I would have liked to see a piece that was a little more inspiring than a cheap shot to sell magazines. Why go out of the way to embarrass someone and cause such hurt? We all care what people think of us to some extent. Could you imagine walking into your work place the day after that article was released having to face your co-workers? I imagine that this would be a difficult task.
A few years after this article was published, one of the producers on that list took his own life. I happened to know him. He was a little a rough around the edges, but was well intended at the core. He had suffered many traumatic events throughout his life and fought to overcome them everyday. He strove to make his family proud of him. From the outside, he appeared abrasive. On the inside, he carried pain and a strong desire to succeed. I’m not saying that this article was the cause of his death, but I can’t imagine that it was beneficial to his already shaken foundation. I wonder if the author of that piece ever thinks about how he used his words.
Words are powerful. Let’s be mindful when we are constructing the world around us with them. Choose love.
Here are some great ways to Be The Love from Boho Babes across the country.
If you are craving more goodness, enjoy the following 20 Ways To Be The Love:
20. “Love is my religion.”
19. “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”
18. “When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”
17.”A heart that loves is always young.”
-A Greek Proverb
16. “The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.”
15. “A loving heart is the truest wisdom.”
14. “It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”
13. “While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.”
-Francis of Assisi
12. “Love is the greatest refreshment in life.”
11. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”
10. “There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.”
9. “Put your heart, mind and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.”
8. “For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love.”
7. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
6. “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”
5. “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
4. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
3. “To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world.”
2. “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”
1. “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”