Updated: Sep 6, 2020
The lyrics to the song, "Against the Wind," by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, sum up the struggles in my life perfectly: "I've got so much more to think about. Deadlines and commitments. What to leave in, what to leave out."
Believe me, you don't want to actually hear me sing it, but that song rings true. Should I work on my mountain of a to-do list or devote time to this positivity campaign after a long day's work? Although I feel the idea for "Make Your Own Sunshine and Spread It" was God-inspired, the endless hours I've put into spreading positivity could have been spent doing laundry. (Uh, nix that idea.)
Putting all seriousness aside, let's face it, Justin Bieber can post a picture of grass and clouds and get 1.5 million views on Instagram. I can work for 3 hours creating a heartfelt video and get 30 Instagram views. Trust me, I'm not bashing Bieber. I follow him on Instagram and would LOVE him to take the sunshine challenge and sing our 30-second refrain. (Just 30 seconds, Justin.)
Truly, I want to make a positive difference and finish well, but perhaps this isn't the way. So, why stick with it? Well, a few days ago, I ran into two friends (thanks Susan and Linda) who had ordered our sunshine shirts and were excitedly waiting their arrival. Shortly thereafter, I received an uplifting sunshine video from a family in Utah: https://youtu.be/np6twa0MRpY
Then, I was texted this positively perfect Poodle Power video from Raleigh @Brooklet.thepoodle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stvMex5g_HQ
If you notice, in one scene, the poodle is reading Sadie Robertson Huff's new book, and she follows Justin Bieber on Instagram, too. (Could this be a sign?)
So, here I am at 1 a.m. finishing this blog, giving me about 5 1/2 hours left to sleep before getting ready for work. As the philosopher Confucius wrote, "The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones." I guess that goes for the woman with dreams to make a positive difference--whether it be reaching one person or 1.5 million.
Thank you so much to those who are helping me spread sunshine. Remember, one ray of light can touch a downcast soul.
Please check out our video library: https://www.makeyourownsunshineandspreadit.com/sunshine-video-library and subscribe to our YouTube channel.
Oh, and if you know Justin, please ask him to send me a sound demo. I could use a fresh new voice. (-:
Thanks, Paige Divitorrio, for this reply: You know, sometimes, we have to experience gray and stormy skies to appreciate the sun when it reappears, and that’s the only time we get to see rainbows, too. The truth we tell about the struggles we have lets others know that in that day, we might not be able to spread sunshine as much. But we can certainly benefit from receiving some. Life is give and take...sometimes we just need to be refilled before we can continue on our mission of love.
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Thank you Raleigh for the photo @Brooklet.thepoodle.