Who Else Wants to Make Someone Smile?

CandyCaneHello‘Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”~Leo Buscaglia 

As we journey through life there are times when seemingly insignificant acts become significant life changers.These life changers are not always found in the “big” things we do but the small random acts that brighten the night, cause big smiles and bring joy to our hearts.

I experienced several of these moments last night and wanted to share so you too can be the cause of an ear to ear smile. It might surprise you to know that the cause of these light up the night smiles were caused by a simple candy cane…or maybe it was something else!

On the way to teach my last meditation workshop of the year I decided to stop and pick up some candy canes to give to those attending. Little did I know that what started out as a simple “it might be nice to give out candy canes” thought would turn into smiles, happiness and joy not only for those who attended to the workshop (myself included) but for everyone I came in contact with.

The Joyful HELLO!

Before the workshop I arranged the chairs and set the energy then placed a chocolate mint candy cane on everyone’s chair. A small gesture to be sure but the result was bigger than originally intended. As everyone entered to take their seats they stopped for a moment and looked at the candy cane. A few asked “is this for me?” A few giggled and said “OOOOO a candy cane!” Regardless of anything they ‘said’ ALL of them smiled from ear to ear. The heavy, palpable energy in the room lifted immediately. A little piece of holiday candy turned into a big HELLO to spirit!

After the workshop I had almost a full box of candy canes left over (of course I bought too many. God forbid someone arrived and didn’t get one. I thank my mother’s programming for this.) and since I didn’t trust myself to bring them all home and not eat them in one sitting, I decided to give them to everyone I came in contact with on the way home.

The girls at the Yoga center, the cab driver, my doorman. In my mind it was simply giving away candy BUT it was much more! As I handed them out with a smile, it caused the people to stop the thoughts running through their head, be in the present, get a hello AND then it caused them to light up with a smile. With this small gift they immediately became HAPPY which in turn made me happy! I acknowledged another human being with a smile and a candy cane and didn’t just pass them by lost in my own thoughts.

All too often there is a sense of feeling anonymous or invisible in this world. We all want our presence acknowledged but have gotten so used to being a part of the crowd and lost in our own thoughts we sometimes don’t take the time to acknowledge the presence of those around us.

A “hello” to spirit creates a healing for the person who receives it for it recognizes their presence. What’s interesting is that when someone smiles, you can actually see them coming back to themselves. If you don’t believe me try looking into someone’s eyes, smile and say hello just to see what happens.

“Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.”~Paramahansa Yogananda

So I ask you, was it the chocolate mint candy canes or was it a “hello” that caused people to light up and smile? Whichever it was, I’m going back to the store and buying more of those candy canes to hand out! If you don’t have the means to buy and give out candy canes, get out there give out smiles and hellos. You may brighten a sad heart AND the act of giving brings happiness to your soul.~Shine Your Light Debbie

©Debra Taitel 2013 All Rights Reserved

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YOU are Valuable and Contribute! Don’t think so? Read on….:)

Do you know the value of everything you do and every person you touch? Do you see the value of YOU? Did you know that even the most seemingly insignificant act of kindness is a valuable contribution to society? Your value goes well beyond having money and no matter what you do, you contribute and bring value to the world!

I’m very fortunate to have wonderful generous and loving friends and family but often I wish I had more time and money to give to the many organizations I would like to support. In a recent episode of Secret Millionaire I found myself marveling at the generosity of Chicago native Steve Kaplan as he stepped into the role of volunteer giving of his time and then presenting very generous donations to several worthy Chicago organizations (see below for website links).

Philanthropy is one thing but putting yourself in the shoes of people not as fortunate as you and living it for a week is altogether a different story. As I watched the episode (tears streaming down my face) all that kept going through my mind was “I wish I had enough money to do that”. This same weekend a dear friend went to an expo for the disabled where they offered animal therapy. After seeing the pictures and hearing his story I thought to myself “what an amazing person. I wish I could be like that”.

It got me to thinking about value and how each of us contributes in our own way. We all have something different to offer and everything we say or do is a valuable resource whether we know it or not. What each of us has to offer has value that goes well beyond our scope of consciousness. Do you see yourself as having value? Do you value all that you are and that your contribution is even more valuable than you might realize? Your value is MORE than how much money you have and the more you value who you are, your talents and what you have to offer the bigger your contribution becomes!

Who is to say the waitress at the diner is not a single mother raising a future millionaire who will create an organization to feed the hungry or give shelter to a homeless person? Who is to say my client who is a psychologist or a social worker friend, both of whom have dreams of working with abused women, won’t heal and empower themselves through sessions or words of encouragement to move forward and create a safe haven to help countless battered women? Who is to say that my dear friend who because of volunteering at an event for the disabled and now wants to get his PhD in Equine Therapy doesn’t go on to help an untold number of disabled people and bring them joy?

It is not what you DO, how much money you have or if you have the time or inclination to volunteer. You have value and contribute by doing what YOU do! There is great value in living and expressing your passion. You don’t have to be wishing you could ‘be more like’ or ‘have enough money’ or time to give. The things you do now and being true to who you are, these ARE the contributions because who is to say what the future effect of your words or deeds will be. Take a moment to think about the people in your life and your contribution. There is value in love and friendship and that love and friendship may be the very thing that allows another to heal and create great things! The children you raise, those who you mentor and those whom you inspire; You contribute to all of them and there is great value.

Do you see this value within yourself? Do you recognize how valueable you are? Do you see the value in small acts of kindness or words of encouragement? If you are passionate about helping and have the resources to give your time and money by all means volunteer or present that big check! That said, maybe it’s time you see your REAL net worth and how valuable you are. See and feel your value and the contribution you make every day of your life! ~Shine Your Light Debbie

©Debra Taitel 2012 All rights reserved

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