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Dare To Play It Big, Issue #018 -- Alice's story
May 17, 2009

Alice's story

In this issue...

  • What I've been up to: Reading and more gardening

  • Positive news: Watching eagles

  • The monthly thought: Alice brings me lessons

  • A positive recommendation: Never underestimate an old gal

  • The thanking corner: Twitter and inspiration

    What I've been up to: Reading and more gardening

    This past month I have spent a few full days on the balcony, taking care of my plants, and reading a lot. Surely I have done many other things, but those two do seem to stand out :-)

    I'm quite happy with the way the balcony is looking at the moment, with many different plants: sweet peas, a blooming fern, a 2-year-old avocado tree, a rose bush, an aloe vera, tomatoes, radishes, geraniums... It's so soothing to just sit there and feel the energy of so much life around me.

    I have also been reading from several different books: "Email to the Universe" by Robert Anton Wilson, "Valis" by Philip K. Dick, "Buddha" by Deepak Chopra, "The art of happiness at work" by Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler...

    I believe that every book opens a door to some other space, and it advances us in a certain way, as it brings us the message we need to hear at that moment. What are you reading at present? What message does it bring you?

    I'll be travelling to see my family in Spain by mid-June - so the next issue of "Dare To Play It Big" will get to you accompanied by the sweet smell of jasmines from Seville. Till then - I wish you have a glorious month!

    The Positive News: Watching eagles

    The other day I found through Twitter a web site for British Columbia, which features a camera on a nest of eagles, so that you can see live what these two eagles and their three baby eagles are up to.

    I am completely addicted to it by now. I have been following the eagles for a week, and I have seen the change in feather color in one of them. I was lucky to have the eagles on when the mother eagle came with food and fed them all.

    Watch Mother Nature in action right now: a nest of eagles in Canada at the British Columbia web site.

    The Monthly Thought: Alice brings me lessons

    The other day I met a woman called Alice. She is the reason I'm writing this thought of May.

    I was coming from work. I went out of the underground station and crossed the road towards the grocery shop. As I walked towards the shop entrance, this woman was lying her backpack and her blanket on the floor, preparing to sit there for a few hours, "spare some change, please". "I'll give her some coins when I finish the shopping", I thought.

    I did my shopping and went out of the shop; she was staring blankly at the floor, a few coins showing on the cloth on her lap. I took the change I had put aside for her, and rather than leaving it on the cloth, I reached for her hand. As she closed her fist around the coins, she looked at me and spoke a soft "Thank you". I smiled, I turned to walk towards home.

    But something in her eyes, a deep pain and loneliness, made me stop abruptly a few steps later and go back to her. I kneeled on the flor next to her. "Hello; hey, what's up?". She turned her head slowly toward me and made a gesture as if coughing. She explained she had a deep pain in her chest and was expecting to see the doctor three days later.

    "What's your name?", I asked; "Alice", she replied delicately. "How old are you?". "Twenty-eight".

    "Where do you sleep? Are you here alone?", I asked. "I sleep next to the church, a few streets down the road. I have a friend, he is good. He sleeps there too", she said, her light brown eyes missing all the vitality she deserves.

    As we kept on talking she explained how she had left her house fleeing from an abusing boyfriend who beat her. "I always end up with guys like that, don't I?", she said starting to cry.

    I could feel her pain; it was more than just not having anywhere to go or no food assured any day or no money to make her life happen; it was the pain of not loving herself. The pain of not being able to love herself, because the circumstances told her she was not deserving of love, and she had believed it.

    "Can I give you a hug?", I asked quietly. "A hug?", she looked at me, surprised that a total stranger could want to hug her. "Yes, a hug", I smiled. We hugged.

    We exchanged a few more words and I left. I went all the way home thinking about her, about how many other people like you and I may be sleeping rough every night in my city, in your city, anywhere; about how these people could be empowered so that they can change their own reality if they so want...

    I thought also about how important it is to love ourselves... I reflected about the times I haven't or I don't love myself, and how my only way to help anybody, if I can help, is to start from a strong foundation, where I love myself and my own life.

    I chose to tell you of my encounter with Alice for the thought of the month because something larger called me to do it; it will touch you in whatever aspect is meant to touch you.

    What do I make out of it? The fact that no matter who we are or how we are, there are always opportunities to light up a candle in the life of somebody else. And the reminder of the importance of loving ourselves.

    And I believe that both of these things are part of the basics of being alive, here and now.

    The Positive Recommendation: Never underestimate an old gal

    You're gonna love this video: I won't tell you much, only that it is about an old lady who dances...

    ...and that she may just surprise you and inspire you.

    Check it out: Never underestimate an old gal.

    The Thanking Corner

    I believe that being grateful for something is one of the most powerful tools to feel better immediately. Here are the two thanking bits of the month:

    Thankful for... Twitter. I have been very active on Twitter lately and I have had some interactions with great people, and I love the synergy created by a bunch of folks who want to empower themselves and everybody else. Follow me on Twitter - find me as TBOPT - I'd love to get to know you!

    Thankful for... inspiration. I love those moments where I'm busy writing or reading, and all of a sudden I have an idea about something to paint or draw; and of course I leave everything to paint or draw whatever that is. I am thankful for the inspiration coming through and for being able to put it into action straight away.

    What are you thankful for? Send me an email trough the Contact Me form and let me know!

    Thank you for reading this issue of Dare To Play It Big, the free positive thinking newsletter of The Benefits Of Positive Thinking.

    Care to send me your thoughts about this issue's topics? Email me and let me know!

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    Stay well,


    "Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is."

    -Anne Frank

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