#inspiring: duct tape surfing
You know that wonderful feeling of inner fuzziness when a stranger tells you that she just loves your shoes or hair or glasses? How about when a fellow driver lets you go ahead of them in traffic? Or when someone holds the door for you when your hands are full, These are the moments that can take an ok day and turn it around. They are such small things, yet they bring so much light into the world. These big-little instances always inspire me to pay it forward, which feels awesome. I know it’s an oldie, but giving really is more rewarding than receiving.
I often wonder how I can take this premise to the next level, and I’m always shown answers. I’m sure we could all count several people in our lives who make a difference without seeking anything in return. I know a teacher who uses her own money to purchase new clothes for needy students. My mother makes a point to run errands for an elderly woman in her church who can’t drive. My husband helps his parents with their technology questions in his “spare” time. A pre-teen Bozeman girl asked her friends and family to make a donation to the women’s shelter in lieu of gifts for her birthday. I’ll never forget the love of the strangers around me when Sake died…the lady who hugged me, the one who wrapped him in a blanket, and the busy mother who rushed over and asked if there was anything she could do. These people have taken kindness to the next level by infusing it with love and compassion. Ordinary heroes are all around and they continually inspire me to step up.
This is a video that I found incredibly moving! It’s about a surfer dude who showed great compassion for a friend’s mother. Instead of having the woman watch them surf from the confines of her wheelchair, this guy had the brilliant idea of duct-taping the paraplegic woman to his back and taking her with him in the water. Take a look…
What has inspired you lately?