“Welcome to OurBrightSpot!” I’m Marlene Moore Gordon, Co-Founder.
A BrightSpot is something that makes you feel HAPPY. It causes you or someone else to SMILE! And for those times when life is stressful and especially challenging consider yourself to be a gold miner. Keep panning for the hidden treasure until amidst all that dirt and debris you finally find it, the golden nugget, the BrightSpot that makes your struggle worthwhile.
Want to know a sure way to reduce stress, alter your mood, increase your well being and lift your spirits? Listen to some music! Your choices are limitless, just get out of your head and get into the beat, the melody, the lyrics and the rhythm. There’s no way you can feel bad when a great set of head phones is replacing those troubling thoughts with the magic of music!
Feeling less than joyful today? Take a look at how one man’s dream to create joy has already touched millions of lives. You Won’t Believe The Gratitude Dance! He has even recruited a sponsor to fund his project! This video shows that with enough energy and guts, all dreams are possible and each of us can do our part to do something positive for the world. Enjoy!
We can’t always explain why we choose the friends we do. Take a look at these Unlikely Best Friends, Dog and Orangutan. Friendships are something we can’t always understand, all we know is that there is an instant attraction and a compelling reason to keep going back for more.
Ever get bogged down in the day to day stuff and forget how important it is to seize the day?
I had tea the other day with my too close friends, Jeannie and Rebecca. Our time together began with light conversation, chatting over tea and snacks. After awhile it led to sharing our frustrations regarding lack of clarity in our next career steps. What began as a joyful experience had taken a turn to become serious and I arrived home with a slight headache.
Suddenly my perspective shifted after reading the following email sent by my husband.
READ THIS VERY SLOWLY… IT’S PRETTY PROFOUND.
Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven’t thought about it, don’t have it on their schedule, didn’t know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.
I got to thinking one day about all those people on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I’ve tried to be a little more flexible.
How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn’t suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word ‘refrigeration’ mean nothing to you?
How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched ‘ Jeopardy ‘ on television?
I cannot count the times I called my sister and said , ‘How about going to lunch in a half hour?’ She would gasp and stammer, ‘I can’t. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain’ And my personal favorite: ‘It’s Monday.’ She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.
Because Americans cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches.. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!
We’ll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained. We’ll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We’ll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.
Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of ‘I’m going to,’ ‘I plan on,’ and ‘Someday, when things are settled down a bit.’
When anyone calls my ‘seize the moment’ friend , she is,open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you’re ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Rollerblades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.
My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It’s just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-Decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.
Now…go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to…not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?
Make sure you read this to the end; you will understand why I sent this to you.
Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed butterfly’s erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask ‘How are you?’ Do you hear the reply?
When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, ‘We’ll do it tomorrow.’ And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say ‘Hi’?
When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened
gift….Thrown away….. L ife is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over. Show your friends how much you care.
Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND including me if you consider me a friend.
If it comes back to you, then you’ll know you have a circle of friends.
To those I have sent this to… I cherish our friendship and
appreciate all you do. We have some history together.
‘Life may not be the party we hoped for… But while we are here we might as well dance!’
Share A BrightSpot Everyday!
Can you remember a small act of kindness that made a huge difference for you? This story may inspire you to make today your day to return the favor!
“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.”
Calei Akers, age 17 learned an important lesson one day about Sharing-6th Grade. He noticed that a fellow classmate never brought or bought her lunch so he stepped in to offer his. What seemed like a simple act of caring for him was actually a huge and generous gift for a young girl without resources and in need.
What he discovered may open our eyes to seeing someone in need and being willing to offer a helping hand. Take a minutes to view his BrightSpot, it may help you feel good and may also give you an idea about the importance of sharing! What’s easy for you and me, may not be so easy for someone else. This hits home especially if you’ve ever missed a meal or been in the position to be hungry.
What I learned after seeing Calei’s story is that it’s the little things in life that really count. I no longer question myself or hesitate when it comes to offering a hand to someone in need. Whether it’s a friend or stranger, anything I can do or give will make a big difference in brightening their day. I’m always surprised how great it makes me feel in the process.
After viewing Calei’s BrightSpot, what action will you take today to make someone’s life a little easier?
“Share A BrightSpot Everyday!”
Have you ever received a gift that was given with very little thought and emotion and it left you feeling empty? In contrast has someone given you something of little material value such as their time, attention or caring that touched you deeply filling your heart to overflowing?
When Jennifer noticed a homeless man with his dogs she could have turned away. Instead she asked “what can I give?” The cost was very small; the price of a soda. She might have offered any size but she purchased the largest one and then Couldn’t Forget His Dogs so went back for water.
Jennifer’s story touches me because it’s not what she offers but that she gives it with a full and loving heart. Her generosity of spirit is what counts and it’s that energy that resonates with the man and his dogs. The result is like a boomerang effect when his happiness bounces back to touch her with his gratitude.
During an especially difficult time in my life a met a stranger named Nancy who instantly became a very close friend. After a brief conversation about hitting hard times in our lives, she surprised me by sending a gift to my work place. It had arrived on my day off and when I saw it I was moved to tears. It was a book from her own library that she had lovingly wrapped in cellophane and tied with a ribbon and an artificial flower. Attached was a personal hand-written note. The book was called Broken Open and it was the perfect gift for the perfect time in my life.
Nancy’s gift cost very little, it was a book for me to borrow and return. The package and her card said it all. Here was a woman who really understood and cared. How could I be anything but touched, moved and inspired by such a lovely and loving gift. To this day we remain close friends and her gesture is one I will never forget. Something so simple reminds me that when I am stuck with wondering what to give and feeling a strain on my pocket book, I need to let go of the struggle and remember how something very simple that cost very little made such a huge difference for me. Nancy’s give to me is Priceless………
Some of the best things in life are free, or in this case cost very little and yet they make a tremendous difference when given as an act of love. Next time you offer something put your heart into it. Everyone knows and feels the difference when giving is an act of love rather than one of obligation. Feel good about giving and others will feel fantastic about receiving anything you are offering them. In my experience, i’ts never the gift that matters most, it’s always the intention with which it is given.
“Share A BrightSpot Everyday!”
We all need encouragement! Why not give someone a hand or a smile today and watch what comes back to you……
“Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes. Not only is empathy hard to outsource and automate, but it makes the world a better place.” Daniel H. Pink
When Sofy realized that her younger brother in law was in personal trouble she could have backed away. She wasn’t at all clear on what was going on in his world or how she might offer what he needed. She simply decided to Encourage Someone, Smile and just be there.
Something truly miraculous occurred when she stepped forward!
Sofy recognized his obvious distance and lack of communication as a silent call for help. She asked, “what can I do to help you?” Her question and caring gained entry into his seemingly hopeless world and she began to understand his life as he saw it through his eyes. When she listened to him first, he began to trust her and only then allowed her to show him what she envisioned as possible for him through her eyes.
What’s so great about this story is that it shows me the power we all have to support, uplift and encourage someone when they need it most. But even more that, Sofy offers assistance with great patience, understanding and love. That’s what makes her story have impact for me personally.
I am always learning the difference between really helping someone as opposed to my tendency to offer advice and or fixing to make things better. It’s taken me years to realize that people don’t want to be fixed they want to be understood and loved. Only when they ask my help or advice do I need to offer it… In the end it makes all my relationships a lot happier!
Remember that your story matters to someone else out there. You will never know the difference you make until you do as Sofy did, step forward to share your story.
“Share A BrightSpot Everyday!”
Ever been there for somebody just because it felt like the right thing to do? Here’s a story that demonstates what goes around comes around! Someday the care you give to another may come back to you when you most need it. So don’t hesitate to say you care and smile!
“But life inevitably throws us curve balls, unexpected circumstances that remind us to expect the unexpected. I’ve come to understand these curve balls are the beautiful unfolding of both karma and current.” Carre Otis
Amber clearly knows and believes in the benefits of caring and supporting others. When her mom was sick her friend stepped forward to lend her encouragement. Never forgetting the impact this had on her, Amber was quick to reciprocate. Acts of caring can be grand gestures or small acts of kindness. In this case, a card with a heart felt message and a gift card where all it took to show how much Amber cared. Who among us doesn’t feel better when we know we are not alone during a difficult time?
I sometimes forget that what I say or do can make all the difference for someone else, especially when they are hurting. Amber’s story reminds me that anything I offer that comforts someone else matters. Next time you sense that someone needs a little encouragment or care, don’t disregard it, instead embrace it. After all according to Karmic Laws, what goes around comes around!
Share A BrightSpot Everyday!