Live in the Orange Zone - Day 25
30 Days of Self Study, Meditation and Reflection
Today's day 25 of living in the Orange Zone.
I am a great lover of books and one of my favorite books that I read many, many years ago was Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. Over the years, it has continued to inspire me, to help me navigate through challenging times. I wanted to share one particular story with you from the book.
When Viktor Franco was in the concentration camps, he was also at a work camp, They were starving and literally being worked to death. The foremen, one morning, had saved a small piece of bread from his morning ration and he gave it to Victor, and it moved him to tears. He said it was more than just a small piece of bread that he gave, that he needed because he was malnourished and starving, but it was the act of kindness behind that actual gift.
Over the years, I've thought of that small story and ask myself, how do I give bread? How do I take something from my pocket and give it to someone else, hoping to inspire or help them in a challenging time?
I have two really simple stories. One is from a dear friend of mine, she just told me this yesterday. Her husband passed quite a few years ago and he was a handyman. One of the things that was very precious to her was his tools. Recently, someone that was working on her house had all of his tools stolen, but he could not afford to replace. Something within her said, “I want to give him some of my husband's tools. “So she welcomed him to the house to come and choose any of those tools that he could have. When she told me the story, I was actually moved to tears and I knew how much that meant, and how it came from a really deep place within her of wanting to give someone else hope in a challenging time.
Another story of a workshop I was giving a couple weeks ago, and one of my students who also lost her husband a couple years back, was just sharing with the group how she was having such a hard time with technology and setting things up for her job and things around the house. Her husband had always taken care of that for her. She was just really so stressed about it. I could see someone, who was in the class, nodding their head. At the very end she said, “I would like to come to your house today and fix all of those problems for you.” This lady was so happy with this act of kindness that she started to cry.
I just love the story because both of these stories are, to me, giving bread. Something within both of them just felt, I want to give this from me to you to bring you hope. It can be small. I think it's how my mom picks roses and takes them to the neighbors houses and leaves little notes and a word of kindness.
A small act of kindness is giving bread.
I want to invite you to do something special today. Actually, I’m not going to ask you to write in your journal and think about when and how you're going to give bread. Instead, I want to invite each one of you to open your hearts up to the possibility of someone being in need. It coming to you rather than you having to even chase it. I think when we open our hearts to wanting to be kind and loving and compassionate and to really help other people, then situations tend to present themselves to us. You'll know because you'll feel it in your gut and in your heart that you just want to help. You want to give and you want to say the kind of thing or you want to do some act, whether it feels big or very small.
Join me in opening your heart to the possibility of being able to give bread to someone.
Day 25 Inspiration
Today's inspiration comes from Swifty Lazar
We have today, to make something wonderful happen
I wake up every morning waiting for something wonderful to happen and if it doesn’t happen by 12 noon I make it happen.
Click the links below to find out more:
The Orange Zone - A 30 Day Practice - YouTube Playlist
Daily Inspirational Quotes for 30 Day Meditation
Blog Post: What is the Orange Zone?
Day 1: InvitationDay 2: Practice Silence & Listening
Day 3: Adding Gratitude
Day 4: Set Intentions
Day 5: Give a Blessing
Day 6: Start Young
Day 7: Sacred Reading & Reflection
Day 8: Wear & Remember
Day 9: The Practices Brings Transformation
Day 10: Repot & Prune for Growth
Day 11: Indoor Pruning
Day 12: Move the Furniture
Day 13: Self Reflection & Appreciation
Day 14: Practice Appreciation & Feel Blessed
Day 15: Why hurry?
Day 16: Energy Banking
Day 17: Start Your Day with a Healthy Breakfast
Day 18: Space Training
Day 19: Breath- Our Instant Medicine
Day 20: Create your own Garden