‘Every little helps’ happens to be a large retailer’s strap-line. How very true it is when we look at the spiritual aspects of these simple words in helping us in tackling our more complex challenges. Those very words have taught me to take things one-step at a time. Also, that the storms of life does get better, based on those little things that we choose to do each day. Whenever we shift our focus even for a few seconds on something that lightens our anxiety, could be all we need in helping us to make the necessary adjustments.
I make every effort to smile. I am not talking about faking a smile, because people can tell the difference when it is a fake smile by your facial expression, as well as your vibrations or energy too. Smiling makes me feel good, and equally expands the vibrations of my positive energy to others. Whenever you smile, you are lifting someone else’s mood by sharing and spreading your seed of light.
A genuine greeting along with a smile is so uplifting for the giver and receiver. It makes the heart smile. I look forward to my weekly exchange of greetings and waves with our local Refuse Collectors. I exchange greetings with the Milkman each time we meet, and occasions will stop for a brief chat. I exchange greetings with Parents and their Children on their way to school. What a fabulous way to start the day!
I will give praise when it is necessary, without any expectations. No hidden agenda! Praising others is encouraging, enabling you and others to grow in spirit and love even more. So be kind! Be encouraging!
In showing my gratitude – deep gratitude and not just lip service, when someone does anything for me. On occasions, I would even go to the extent of expressing my heartfelt gratitude with a hug. It is my way of expressing thanks, love and respect.
These 4 simple though powerful steps, requires a certain attitude towards yourself and others. One which is open, non-judgemental and without pre-existing assumptions about others. Rather much like the slogan, adds value, quality and service. ‘Every little helps’, when practised regularly creates a life of love and light for you and others. Upon everything, it makes you feel good.
Most competitive runners have been taught to ‘run their own race.’ This means having a strategy or plan which involves not allowing other runners to dictate their pace.
On the other hand, there are also those non-athletes we are aware of, who continually allow others to dictate their pace of life. They are too afraid to run their own race, worried about what others might think or say. Some are in constant need of validation, comparing and competing with others. They are more focused on what others are doing. Find out what makes you unique, concentrate, and run your own race. If you can’t run, then walk! Also, whilst you are doing this – stay in your own lane.
Whilst running your own race, you also need to find your own rhythm and steady pace. Distractions occur when you are not running your own race. Remember nothing good happens when you are continually comparing and competing with others. You may find yourself losing pace, and eventually unable to keep up anyway! Being outrun by the faster and more focused runners who are ‘doing their thing’, and undeterred by you. Running your own race means focusing on you, and doing your absolute best each time. Someone else’s achievement is about them, and has nothing to do with you.
Do not forget that your greatest support shall always come from your inner guide. Stay focused on your race, and watch and listen out for signs that tells you which path to follow. All you need to do is to trust, and allow your inner guide to be your strength and source. Your inner guide will encourage you to run your own race, to keep on going and moving forwards, until you eventually across that finishing line.