Give love.

We live mindfully first. We move by thought. Decide by motivation, what is motivating you to be what you are now, today as a matter of fact. How did you get to this day, your work place, vacation or life scenario? What expectations do you have to fulfill? Who is waiting on you to be who you are today? Daily? I remember growing up, a life lesson, I was encouraged to set a goal and work towards it, besides the common life milestone- college for instance. At the time I thought it was stupid, dumb, nonsense or was just passive to my Mom, “okay, sure, I’ll do that.” The idea was a monthly book to read or a set of miles to run every other day, something to add quality to my being, but honestly, I never paid mind to it again.

Fast forward. This week, the NOW. Another devastation in our country this week. Not by weather. “Another,” meaning too many actually. The news as of late is so common to be bad, negative and it seemingly transforms our moods as closely as uniting and/or dividing us. The word “massacre.” The angry hearts of guns, facts and opinions. Monday morning, my phone was binging at me before I even opened my eyes that day. My British friend was messaging me to “love our family & friends- x” and telling me the news in our country. Then, I didn’t want move from my bed. I didn’t want to see GMA, learn anything with my own eyes. I wanted to hide my daughters from it. The feelings, shared facts of then.. 50+dead, 500+ hurt. Sick feelings, sad feelings, thoughts of all those innocent hurt. The reflection of the world in our faces with either the photos constant, news, social media, we are all startled. Talking to a friend and agreeing it’s that sick feeling deep down, takes your breath away. It’s the wrenching helplessness of what can I do?

It brings back the shove my mother was trying to give me and I was stubborn to hear, but it’s right, and I hear the lesson loud and clear now- AND it’s right at any age. Personal goals, it’s a like a gift to give yourself but what if we turn it to, giving to others. We not only should “give” to food drives for Thanksgiving and during the holiday season, but give selfless often. Give selflessness more. Give now. The common or maybe not so common, donation of blood. Do you have an art to share? Can you donate time? Volunteer. Give your ear to even just listen to someone out of your comfort zone.

If you pray, pray again and again. If you love, love stronger. Be kind, give kindness away.  Anonymously pay it forward. Give something, somewhere, somehow. Move in giving love.

Amy Scott

Born in Atlantic City NJ, and raised in NEPA. Forever a lover of sand and ocean, but would escape to the woods and a cabin. Fan of traveling, small coffee shops, real feels and deep conversations. A girl that will throw the car in reverse to photograph something that catches her eye. Continuing to find herself even at 40. Amy holds the first four year college degree in her family history. A mother of two daughters who come first. Photographer of family and abstract. Writer of life pieces and poetry. Passionate in inspiring others to always find the positive.

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