I love this post from Amber of My Crazy Healthy Life blog. A beautiful story of transformation and a desire to help others embrace their ‘extraordinary-ness’ and live a wholesome life.
“Make your life extraordinary” has been my mantra for the past fourteen years. Somewhere in my late twenties, I realized that regular just doesn’t work for me–I want more out of life. And so began my quest to become extraordinarily healthy. I traded in my running shoes for a yoga mat, stopped eating meat, and learned how to meditate. My new life was anything but regular. It also made me stronger, healthier, and happier than I had ever been before. Read the full post.
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My mom used to tell me that you may never know the impact you’ve had on others. A smile to a stranger,a touch, or just listening to a friend in need may seem trivial to us, but at the moment it’s given to another, it could be quite grand.
In graduate school we dove into the topic of altruism. Does it or doesn’t it actually exist? Some theorists believe it doesn’t exist because the person performing the selfless act may still derive joy or satisfaction from the act of giving.
I recently came upon this argument again and started to think about whether or not I’ve ever truly been altruistic.
I thought about the times I’ve volunteered my time, or given money to charity, or helped out a friend in need. And they all felt awesome. Dammit.
I thought about how I’ve rescued two (now three) dogs from shelters. But in truth, I sought out these dogs for companionship. Dammit again. So then I thought, you know what? Who the heck cares where the motivation comes from so long as you’re giving of yourself and receptive to love.
Selfishly give of yourself to others; be someone else’s miracle and enjoy the feeling of an open heart. Then you both feel awesome.