"Keep your face to the sunshine, and you cannot see the shadows."

We all make CHOICES everyday.

We react and assert ourselves to everything that occurs to us....we then in turn, through our ACTIONS, express to the world WHO WE ARE, and WHAT WE WANT TO BE. It's kind of strange really, but in the short term many of us tend to focus on the NEGATIVE things that happen to us, but as we look back we start to understand why things happen the way they do.

It's important to LOOK UPON PROBLEMS AND MISTAKES AS A LEARNING PROCESS, SO WE CAN GROW AND TRY NOT TO MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE TWICE! Every one of us in one way or another is accountable for our actions... what you say, and what you do to others does have a cause and effect. Each one of us has not only the power to affect our own lives, but also the lives of others. We may not think it, but we do.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if each time somebody did something nice or kind to us we would automatically turn and do an act of kindness to another? Yes I know in this day and age in some corners kindness and consideration are looked upon as weakness....when in reality they are STRENGTH.

It's very easy to become enraged and inflict hurtful words and acts upon people. In these cases there is no need for CONTROL or RULES of life to acknowledge.

KINDNESS and LOVE, on the other hand, on a continuous basis, are much harder to accomplish because they involve a lot of THOUGHT and an overcoming of RAGE and uncontrollable ANGER.

Being kind to someone else has an interesting BENEFIT. It not only makes the other person feel good, but leaves a warm feeling in your own heart. It gives you a sense that YOUR LIFE MATTERS ... you have the ABILITY through your ACTIONS and THOUGHTS to help others...isn't that a wonderful thing?

I think all of us are in some strange way "ATHLETES OF THE HEART"....we are all relay runners. We start the race and somewhere along the line we have to pass the baton on to the next runner, and hope that they run their leg of the race as well or better than we ran ours. Why is this important?

Because the human race can only win if we perform well as a WHOLE. We are NOT SEPARATED here...we are all INTER-CONNECTED an act of kindness to someone else, also benefits you and me. I believe God put each one of us here to find out WHO WE ARE and LEARN HOW TO LOVE OTHERS. If all we do is allow the ego to rule, we fail. BROTHERHOOD and SISTERHOOD are very important words. It's up to every one of us to let them live in our hearts.

NO ACT OF KINDNESS IS TOO SMALL. The next time somebody smiles or says hello don't be afraid to smile back. Lord knows, THIS WORLD NEEDS MORE SMILING FACES!

Take the time to love!

~Jennifer Avalon~