As I struggle to understand the recent events in Paris, Beirut, Syria and other parts of the world, it is very difficult NOT to be angry and fearful.  I have been asking myself, "What is a better way to understand and deal with this."  I do not want to come from a place of fear and hatred, but from a place of hope, love and tolerance. 

Scrolling through the hundreds of Facebook messages, most of them negative, I came across this Facebook post from Neale Donald Walsh, author of the Conversations With God book series. 

It brought me great comfort and hope that there is a possibility for a better world, and solution to all the turmoil.  It is a very long read but one I encourage you to indulge in, and if you are so inclined, I also encourage you to read the Conversations with God series as reading those books changed my life and perspective.

A simple yet powerful message in the Facebook post is this:  If we all understood and accepted this it would be the end of all war, poverty and suffering.  So I invite you to send this message out, as Neale has, to everyone you come in contact with. 

If  we  want  our children and our children's children to know the  beauty  of   the   world   and   not   its   ugliness,  we can start by sharing this:

We are all one!
Ours   is   not   a   better   way,   ours   is   merely  another  way.

Click here to read the inspirational words of Neale Donald Walsh


Inspired by the "Million Acts of Kindness Tour" founded by my friend Charmaine Hammond, I wanted to share a personal story.

Last year my sister Diane was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She underwent a unilateral mastectomy,  and for over a year endured chemotherapy, and radiation.  She remained very positive throughout her ordeal and had little side affects other than losing her hair.  She is now in remission and is cancer free. 

Two years ago, the women in my family decided we would plan a tropical vacation for this coming February.  Diane, like the rest of us, were planning and praying to go on this once in a life time vacation with our 'girl family'.  She has never been on a 'tropical' vacation in her life, and likely hasn't been outside of Canada.  Unfortunately, this dream was shattered for her when she heard the dreadful words, "You have cancer!"

When it came time to booking our trip, Diane had not worked in over a year because of her treatments and has a very limited income.  She knew she would not be able to afford to go.

My niece Kari, daughter of another sister, came up with the idea for us to pitch in and pay for Diane's trip.  We knew what she had been through, and saw her courage and determination to beat the odds.  We knew that she would likely never in her life be able to afford a trip of this nature and this would be a once in a life time opportunity for her. 

With the financial help of my mom and a few of her sisters and Kari, my sister Diane gets a trip of a lifetime to celebrate her bravery and recovery from breast cancer.  What better way to make a difference in someone's life!

When we told her what we were planning all she said was, "I am so grateful!  I have the best family in the world!  I am going to Mexico!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

It didn't take much from any of us to make this happen for her, but coming together and giving her this gift made her so happy and excited.  This random act of kindness not only meant the world to her, but also meant the world to us being able to give it!

In kindness,
Carla :)

If you have a random act of kindness that you would like to share please go to http://charmainehammond.com/