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When two elephants fight,

the grass suffers

 

 

 

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I don’t know if picking up

the snail slowly crossing  the road

and putting her/him down

in the grass on the other side

was helping?

Maybe I confused the snail?

 

 

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Some times things are not the way they seem

and yet we are sure they are.

 

As a young man, or not yet a man but a boy,

I sat on the railing of a very high bridge.

my feet dangling

my eyes looking down the gorge.

 

The place I lived in seemed to be the entire world

and at the moment it was not a happy one.

 

The war hadn’t even begun for years to come

yet  inside me it was already there.

 

I thought about leaning forward and letting go.

Letting go of the thoughts that haunted me.

Letting go of my reality painfully pounding me.

And also,

letting go of life.

 

Looking back,

I don’t see why

I just did not take one step.

One step

out of my reality

to see that there is more to things than they seem.

 

Or that even though they are

the way they seem,

one step away,

one small step away,

another reality,

another adventure

is waiting.

 

 

 

I did not let go,

I just sat there

for hours

staring at the black river

making its way forward.

 

 

 

I left

with no money in my pocket

and a broken heart in my chest

to find goodness

in places and strangers I did not know.

 

I also found,

war

pain

hunger

sorrow

and things

I wish I did not see,

but

never

will I stop

flowing forward

from reality to reality

 

For what would life have been worth

had I let go of the railing

not having felt

pure

unselfish kindness

love

friendship

and

tiny moments of inner peace.

 

 

 

 

“If you are not living good,

I beg you, travel wide.

Said I am a living man

I’ve got work to do…”

Bob Marley – Soul Rebel

Mentally or physically, please step out of your reality and into another.

When you feel you can do nothing for yourself, do something for others.

Please do good.

You might find things weren’t the way they seemed.

 

 

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Imagine if every person on Earth did at least one act of kindness today.

Imagine the kindness explosion and the positive ripple effect it would give!

Perfect love!

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In my life I have indeed met some truly good people.

I come to think of it today since

I might have left a truly good woman

giving unconditional love.

 

Sometimes I feel there is something wrong with the world,

but hen I remember:

 

If we see good we don’t think that all is good.

When we see one thing or person being bad,

we generalize and many think that all persons or situations similar must be equally bad.

 

So why should not the opposite also be true?

You see one thing good = more things are good!

If it is, the world is not half as bad as I thought.

There is at least as much good as there is bad.

In fact the people that do good (uncoditionally) are many times not seen,

but they are there, among us everywhere.

Many of them are not older than they can show with their fingers.

 

I am talking about unconditional good

without any expectation of getting anything back at all:

 

leaving nice and comforting notes in a book at the library for a mother to be,

so called guerrilla goodness.

Or letting a refugee live in your house until ready to move on.

Or the unselfish goodness that happens when you most need it:

 

Some 18 years ago (before mobile phones and digital cameras)

I left my home in a hurry. Brokenhearted I spent my last money and flew to the other side of the world.

In the south of Mexico I chopped and cleared jungle for roads to pass,

people gave me food that was left over when restaurants closed,

poor families sharing what little food they had on trains that traveled so slow it took days to get where you were going.

Those were unselfish acts as well as the five Mariachis escorting me from parts of Mexico City in which I would not have lasted long.

Or the veterinarian taking me into his home, treating my typhoid fever for weeks without asking for nothing in return.

 

But above all

the little Zapotec boy

with torn clothes,

not a half man tall,

that just before nightfall

high up in the Oaxaca mountains

spent all his money

to pay the bus

for a skinny bearded long-haired-giant

a stranger

whom he had never met before

also giving me half his bread to eat

even though I did not understand a word of Chatino.

 

 

That is unconditional good

and

I have not forgotten you little hero

 

 

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You can never lose love.

Or at least I have never lost it.

It resides within my heart and comes in various forms.

Sometimes it fills it to the brim and from time to time  it lingers hidden in the core.

Never is my heart without it for always someone loves me or I someone,

even though at times it is hard at the moment of changing shapes.

9 years is the longest relationship- non-stop-love I have had.

When it changed its shape there was pain and grief,

but never was it lost!

Nine years of love is carried within me forever like the love from my grandfather was with me for 32 years until he died.

Is that love lost?

I think I am still carrying 32 years of continuous love with me until it is time for me to die.

So is it 32 years of  love or now 36?

4 years have passed since his death and I still love him even if he is not here.

And who knows if the love my grandmother feels for me will ever be lost?

For its magnitude fills more than our hearts.

It spills over and floods into and joins all LOVE;

Love;

the positive energy that flows like an invisible wind over all man- and womankind.

Unseen by some but available to all who dare to love without expecting anything in return.

Love can´t be lost:

http://bournefield3.wordpress.com/2011/12/06/to-my-mum-with-love-always/

http://kathleenmae.wordpress.com/2011/11/27/hero-of-all-time/#comments

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Helping an old lady lift up her shopping basket the other day took less than a few seconds.

Many little things can add to the positive energy on earth. Just a smile from someone on the street can brighten up my day and get my heart going. It is so easy.

In my town, Uppsala,  we have a bus driver that really greets YOU when you step onto the bus. You feel recognized and seen. It is just bubbling kindness pouring out from his smile.

Almost every time the bus stops and someone gets off  he uses the speaker system to wish them a fabulous day. That small but great act  just happened to save a life one day. A troubled soul stepped onto his bus with the unfortunate but firm plan to end his life after reaching the end destination. Just being noticed and feeling the warmth of Amos Makajula as he stepped on the bus made him change his mind.

You might not be able to change the world, but maybe you can change one person´s world.

As a teacher you try to see the unseen child. There is at least one in every school. I know from experience as I was once a transparent pupil myself.  Just hearing a gentle hello may be enough to come out of invisibility.

Maybe you could ask the person always sitting alone at lunch if it is OK to sit down at her/his table. Stop for a second and talk a little with a person living on the street or sit down with an old person and really listen to what they have to say. It may be nothing important to you but it might mean the world to them.

How much time does kindness take?

One small act may be enough to change someone´s reality. Keep it easy and wear a smile when you can.

It sure brightens up my day 🙂

Perfect love!

Photo taken from http://lotidningen.se/2009/05/27/sveriges-trevligaste-busschauffor/

For another positive story please click:

http://rulemyden.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/the-power-of-words/

or “A single act of kindness by everyone would translate into a billion acts of kindness which sets into motion a positive chain reaction, …” read more here:

http://notionation.wordpress.com/2011/12/14/notion-2-ordinary-people-can-do-extraordinary-things/

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