Have Courage and Be Kind

Cinderella is one wise princess.

The world we live in today is a scary and beautiful place. More often than not, I avoid the news because it just angers and saddens me (can't we just pretend it's all sunshine and rainbows? No? Dang...). Today was one of those days I accidentally paid attention...
Rose Drawing - Have Courage and Be Kind - April's Happy Place
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I spent most of the day in a panic over all the evil that has exploded in the world, until I finally prayed for peace. I did begin to feel some peace, but I also felt a deep sense of urgency. That now more than ever, we need to work to spread goodness. To spread kindness, love, and light. To uplift the hearts of those who are suffering, and help them find joy.

I feel like I'm fighting a war, and the only weapon I wield is my words... I'd be happy if only a single person was uplifted from reading my words.

I think people underestimate the power of just one small act of kindness. Al Carraway recently wrote a blog post about loving others without judgement, and the impact it can have on a person. I loved what she had to say.

In her post, she writes about what it was like as a new member of the church. Tattoos cover her arms, and to church she wore a black strapless sundress because that's all she had. No one gave her dirty looks or judged her. Instead, they welcomed her with love and kindness. I just love her words:

I am what happens when you don't judge someone. I am what happens when you live how Christ has taught us to. I am the result of unconditional love. A saved eternal soul, like mine, is a result of putting aside your pride, assumptions, and fears. - Al Carraway

I hope that we can all try to love one another a little more, and show a little more kindness - even if all that means is giving someone the gift of a smile.

I'm gonna take a page out of Stephanie Nielson's book and leave you with some spiritual enlightenment:

Grateful in any Circumstances by Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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