Those moments when you happen upon an idea and it just totally resonates with you? Yeah, that happened to me recently with www.bluemarbles.org.
It's a game of sorts, but its underpinning is that by sharing an act of kindness--in this case, giving someone a blue marble--in gratitude for and in recognition of this big blue marble of Earth--awareness and consciousness are raised.
Gratitude and kindness. Simple and pure.
Here are the rules (as stated on the website linked above) :
"So, the "rules" remain pure and simple.
1. The marble must be blue (any shade, preferably glass).
2. When you get one, give it away to someone as a token of gratitude (whenever you like).
3. Share your story with the world (however you like)."
I gave away three today to people I know. Each person looked surprised, grateful and then intrigued. I'm sure they'll be passing along their blue marbles with the same inspired feeling I have about this idea. I ordered mine, shown above, from Julie Starke (www.juliestarke.com) and they arrived, neatly tucked into a cool mesh bag.
Now that little bag of marbles, and the cool cards that accompany each one, is living in my purse for whenever the inspiration strikes to give one away.
Let me know if you jump on board too!
As the cards say, "Hold the marble to your heart and imagine the gratitude felt when giving or getting it."
When things don't go as planned
Resilience is grace in action.
Bad business ventures. Failed relationships. Collapsed deals. Tragic losses. All are grist for the human mind mill. Reasons to quit. Hang it up. Dump it.
Just. Give. Up.
But there’s another voice that weighs in, whisper soft. And even if we try to ignore it, it won’t let up.
We need faith, vision, planning, and a good sense of humor (no price tag on that!) to get back in the game when everything on the human scene appears to be frozen or collapsed. But sometimes before we can channel those characteristics, we just need to relax.
Dropping the reins feels counterintuitive when you’ve got a plan. When you want advancement/healing/victory/success, like, yesterday.
That urge for instant improvement is hardwired into us and difficult to ignore. But we hitch our wagon to that quick fix mentality at our own peril.
Patience is required.
Here’s a good rule of thumb in those instances: Pay attention to the pull; ignore the push.
There are times when moving forward can feel like a huge truck is anchored to your back. Advancement feels slow, tedious and apparently very, very minute or nearly non-existent. So just stop.
Let it be for while. Let it ferment.
Because there are other signs that will come into focus when you’re on your right path.
It’s not just the quiet voice, but also a picture.
That idea that you can’t shake. The art that demands to be made. The story that wants to be written. A step that begs to be taken. The pull.
That pull is why you’re here. It’s what the world wants of you and a channel to figuring out how you can serve.
So take a break when you need to. Kick back. And wait. Listen and watch.
You’ll know it when the right idea surfaces. And the next steps will then reveal themselves.
It may not be in timeframe you’d planned, but the plans will unfold.
Just listen and watch.
personal development and Equus coach, former Penn State journalism instructor and professional writer.