Lead The Way

by Lance Ekum on · 54 comments

Today, I have a special guest here, sharing his thoughts on how we can all lead our lives with love.  Please welcome Keith Smith, from Straight Up Living

I've known Keith for some time, and always find that he speaks very much from a place of deep personal meaning and care.  Today is no exception, as he takes a look at the ways each of us can lead…lead from a place of love.

Please read along, as Keith shares some very wonderful thoughts on how we can each make a difference, how we can each shine our own amazing light out into the world, how we can each be love in action…

Lead the Way

 

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“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.” ~ Mother Teresa

We can look anywhere in the world – from our front door step to across the oceans, and see so much that is wrong, so much that needs to change, and so many people who live in disharmony.  There are bright spots out there too, many in fact, and we see them and think “I wish there were people around here who would do good things like that!”   I believe there are people like that everywhere, and all they need is to see someone actually doing good things, then they will happily imitate those actions.  If you see work that needs to be done, and love that needs to be shown, I encourage you to be that person who takes the first step.  Lead the way.
 

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~ Anne Frank

Imagine, for a moment, how our world would be affected if we not only loved others, but showed that love through our actions.  I’m not speaking of our families or other loved ones, but of coworkers, acquaintances and complete strangers.  It is a beautiful moment when we come to realize that we don’t have to wait for someone else to begin, or for some organization to take action.  We can be an activist for love and lead the way!  The world around you needs leaders, and not the sort of leader who is elected by popular vote, nor those who aspire to have power and recognition.  It needs leaders who love, and who are not afraid to show that love.  A true leader is someone who serves others selflessly, and who knows that the path to leadership is through the gate of servanthood.  If we are to see our world changed for the good, we must love and serve others.  Isn’t this what it’s all about?  Doesn’t it all come down to this?
 

“Everyone can be great, because everybody can serve” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

There aren’t “special” qualifications required to be an activist for love.  One has only to possess a genuine desire for the highest good for another person, and be willing to help them get it.  It may seem like a pipe dream to some, but I imagine a world in which everyone is loving and serving others, everyone being loved and served.  Perhaps the entire world will never realize this, but I want to find out just how much of it can be!
 

“It is not what we do, it is how much love we put in the doing.” ~ Mother Teresa

The thought of changing the entire world can be overwhelming, and at first glance, may seem a daunting task.  The good news is that we don’t have to change the entire world, at least not by ourselves.  Begin right where you are!  It doesn’t matter if you live in a city teeming with thousands of people, or in a rural community with only a handful of neighbors, start there!  Start with the people nearest you; show them that love is real.  Show them that there is hope and that there are people in this world who care, that offer a helping hand without asking for anything in return.

You may be wondering what it is that you can do to change the world around you.  There is so much to say about this that it would take volumes to even begin an explanation.  Know this, it does not have to be some grand gesture that ends up being reported on CNN.  It has been said that life is made up of “the little things” and that’s very true.  The same can be said about being an activist for love.  The smallest acts of kindness, born out of a loving heart, will echo through eternity.

Here’s an example from my own life.  Living just down the street from me and Jenny (Jenny is my most awesome significant other), is a nice older gentleman who is a widower. Recently, I came home and found Jenny preparing a plate of food.  I asked her what she was up to and she told me of this gentleman, whose wife died a few years ago, and who now lived alone with seemingly few visitors.  While walking the dog one evening she engaged him in brief conversation, during which he commented about never cooking because it was only himself at home.  This strummed Jenny’s heartstrings, and that’s why she was preparing him this plate of home-cooked food.  Jenny, her two boys, and I made the delivery.  The look in this man’s eyes, as he received this act of loving-kindness…well, it nearly makes me cry when I think of it.

That’s just one small example, and I know so many of you who perform such acts on a regular basis.  It is these seemingly small acts that are changing the world around you.  It is these small acts that make you an activist for love, a true leader. Besides, there is nothing small about causing a person to feel cared for, hopeful, important and loved. 

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Emergefit August 23, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Very nice!

“The thought of changing the entire world can be overwhelming, and at first glance, may seem a daunting task.”

I have a wonderful mother who has always preached (in a non-preachy kinda way), “You can not change the world, but you can change every moment you are a part, and for the better.”

This post reminds me so much of that value. Thank you Lance for sharing it, and thank you Keith for writing it!
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Keith August 24, 2010 at 6:26 am

Hi Roy,

I love what your mother said. She certainly sounds like a wise , loving woman and she gave excellent advice! If we can but take one moment at a time, which is really all we ever truly possess, and influence that moment , we can make a huge impact in this world.

Thank you so much for sharing that Roy!
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Audra Krell August 23, 2010 at 10:10 pm

This sounds like a case of “outrageous love” and that is what this world needs. More acts of outrageous love and kindness.
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Keith August 24, 2010 at 6:28 am

Hello Audra,

“Outrageous Love”! Now, I like the sound of that!! And I agree totally, we need more acts of love and kindness! Let’s do it!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts Audra!
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Zeenat{Positive Provocations} August 23, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Dearest Lance, Thank you for featuring Keith here…he is such a lovely soul!

Dear Keith,
You have captured the true essence of living a life of service here. A life of serving others with love and compassion. The only things I believe we nee dto truly heal this world.
The mother Teresa Quotes are some so dear to my heart. Your thoughts and her quotes..put together bring me to tears…tears of hope and joy, that if there are more people liek you int he world….indeed this world can be Healed and Happy!
You lead the way Keith…this writing…and you as a person are a shining loving example of that.(you too Lance)
Thank you for writing this.
Much Love,
Z~

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Keith August 24, 2010 at 6:35 am

Zeenat,

Ok, I want you to know that you’ve moved ME to tears with this comment. What I have written comes from my heart and your comments are so deeply touching, and I think that is because your heart resonates with what we’re speaking of here. Actively showing our love through demonstrable ways. In this way will our world, the people in it, be healed.

What better example can be given of an activist for love than Mother Teresa? Her life speaks loudly and will continue to do so.

Zeenat, you have a beautiful spirit, I see it’s glow across the ocean and it warms my heart to know that even in a place far from where I live, a great activist for love is shining the light, illuminating the way for others.
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Terie August 24, 2010 at 3:49 am

Thank You Lance for sharing Keith’s wisdom 🙂

Keith… this is so true, so touch, and revealing.

“The smallest acts of kindness, born out of a loving heart, will echo through eternity.” This quote sums it up for me. Thank You.
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Keith August 24, 2010 at 6:39 am

Hi Terie,

Thank you for sharing your kindness. The quote you mentioned kind of sums it up for me as well. 🙂

I appreciate your presence here on Lance’s site.
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Alien Ghost August 24, 2010 at 5:43 am

Hi Keith,

For sure small things that might seem somehow insignificant for one can sometimes make a lifetime different for someone else, we just never know 🙂

Raul
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Keith August 24, 2010 at 6:42 am

Hello Raul,

You bring up a great point. Every contact we have throughout our day, may have a lasting effect on that person. All the more reason to have that impact be a loving one!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
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Lynn August 24, 2010 at 6:57 am

That was so lovely of Jenny to do that for your neighbor and I am can imagine how wonderful it was for this lonely man to see the smiling faces of your family when he opened the door. You made a real difference to his day and this is a true inspiration.
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Keith August 24, 2010 at 9:04 am

Hello Lynn,

Jenny did do a wonderful thing, and not just for our neighbor. She also did a wonderful thing by being an example to her children, and to me. That moment has styaed with me and serves as a reminder of the aatitude in which I want to live my life.

I am so happy you found that inspirational! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.
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Tess The Bold Life August 24, 2010 at 10:37 am

Keith
This is one of your best posts. The weird thing is I was looking for quotes the other day and you’ve just used 3 of the ones I liked. So we must be on the same page, eh? Jenny sounds like a wonderful person and shining example for all. I agree wholeheartedly it’s people being love in action that are changing the world! Thanks for the great reminder and thanks Lance for having Keith as your guest today. You both rock!
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Keith August 24, 2010 at 11:35 am

Hi Tess!

Thank you so much for your enthusiastic kindness! Your encouragement means so much.

Jenny is a wonderful person and she’s a genuine Kind Person!
Like you say Tess, love in action is what changes things.
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Gail Brenner (AFlourishingLife) August 24, 2010 at 11:35 am

Hi Keith and Lance,

I love this post – it oozes love. You describe how living as love is so simple. People just want to be recognized. Eye contact, a question, or gesture can make someone’s day. One of the baristas at a cafe I go to moves me to tears. She is so interested in every single person who walks through the door. The whole place lights up when she is there.

When we’re not self-involved in our own minds, we are available to serve in big and small ways. It’s natural and effortless.

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Keith August 24, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Hello Gail,

Your comment is beautiful! You’re so right, people just want to feel like they matter, that someone cares about them. As you stated so well, it’s not rocket science! It isn’t hard to be loving, we just need to get our of our heads and notice the people around us. 🙂

I frequent coffee houses too! I’d like to visit the one you speak of! Isn’t it awesome to be on the receiving end of such treatment? That’s the feeling I want to give to others.

Thanks so much for your insightful comment and your kind words.
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Jannie Funster August 24, 2010 at 11:59 am

You guys are just SO wonderful, you know that?!

We really ARE the ones who can “do good things like that!” Why not?? We hold infinite life and love within.

It DOES make me cry to think of Jenny making that meal. Methinks Jenny and Keith are a match made in heaven.

Thanks so much for this beautiful breath of sunshine today!

To copy Tess, you both do rock!!

xoxo
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Keith August 24, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Hello Jannie!

Jannie, YOU are wonderful and I know Lance would agree with that! Yes! We ARE the ones who can do good things and I love the reason you gave: “Why not?? We hold infinite life and love within.”

Very well put Jannie, but then you are the Funster! Creator of lovely lyrics!

I also want to thank YOU for the breath of sunshine today!

Ps I have to agree with what you said about Jenny and I!
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Julie Ellis August 24, 2010 at 12:17 pm

I believe sometimes it is the *little* things we do, that mean the most! I do not consider myself to be a leader. A simple smile, a kind word, or just listening can make someone’s day. Taking someone a meal like your wife did can mean the world to someone. Especially in times of loss. My favorite act of kindness is to send greeting cards, (sometimes anonymously!) to those who may need a gentle reminder that they are loved… maybe to offer hope… to say I care… Heart to heart; soul to soul. It makes my heart smile! I do wish I could be there though, to see the look in their eyes when they open a card… Lance and Keith, thanks for making a difference! ?

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Keith August 24, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Hello Julie,

I think you are exactly right. It is the little things (which aren’t so little) that do mean the most. I know that I have had something as simple as a smile lighten my day. You just KNOW we can do that for others!

Awesome idea and such a sweet act to send those cards out to people who need love shown to them! Certainly you are making a difference in the world around you, and the impact your loving act has will echo down through time. You are an activist for love!
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Jody - Fit at 52 August 24, 2010 at 1:02 pm

What a wonderful post! I don’t think we are all made out to be “leaders” but we all can do a little something to make the world better even if that is a kind word to a person you know needs it or just an ear to let them talk or just to make a sad face into a smile with a kind word… very moving Keith!

Thx Lance for having Keith over!
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Keith August 24, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Hello Jody,

You are right! We all can do something to make a difference, and as you mentioned, a smile is a powerful tool to do just that!

Jody, thank you for sharing your thoughts and for your kind words. 🙂
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Karl Staib - Work Happy Now August 24, 2010 at 1:37 pm

I love the quote from Anne Frank, “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” It says so much. We don’t have to wait for things to get better, let’s make a difference right now. It can be a meal for a friend, a blog post to inspire, or a holding a door for someone behind you.

We all have superpowers that can change this world, we just have to believe in ourselves and make it happen.
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Keith August 24, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Hi Karl!

You know, I just love everything I’ve ever read from Anne Frank! And the quote you mentioned is deeply moving. We really don’t have to wait for anything. We can act NOW to make the world better!

Love this statement you made “We all have superpowers that can change this world, we just have to believe in ourselves and make it happen.” Awesome Karl! Let’s make it happen!
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Evita August 24, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Hi Keith,

What a great message and a beautiful personal story to go along with it!

Well, I am all in for being an activist for love! 🙂

It is so true, we need not wait for another to show us the way, we need not wait for the governments to enact change – it all starts with us and we can lead the way. Things can be as great as we make them, and it always starts with the choices we make in our personal lives!

Wonderful to see you here Keith on Lance’s site!
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Keith August 24, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Hello Evita!

I knew YOU would be on board the “Love Activist Train”! You just may be the engineer!!

Evita, this is great “…we need not wait for another to show us the way, we need not wait for the governments to enact change – it all starts with us and we can lead the way.” WHOA! That is a powerful statement. That needs to be painted on the side of our train!

Thank you Evita. It was such an honor to be asked by Lance to be here. His blog is amazing and to be a part of it, even in this small way, is a great experience. Love the Lancester!!
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rob white August 24, 2010 at 2:03 pm

I love the idea of being a “Love Activist”, Keith. One of the most rewarding and powerful things I do is when I take my 88 year old poet friend Sheila out for lunch. This small act of kindness is an act of pure love for us both. Small acts like these easily outweigh any amount of money one could give. Most of the time we don’t even realize we made such an impact… that is another benefit of constantly spreading love in small ways… you never know just how it will impact others.
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Keith August 24, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Hello Rob,

I love that you take your 88 year old friend to lunch. I just know that every time you do, you are both richly rewarded. Love does that doesn’t it? Both the giver and receiver are benefited, a true “win-win” situation every time!

As you said Rob, we never know how deeply even a small act will affect another.

I appreciate very much your kind comment and the thoughts you’ve shared.
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Sagan August 24, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Those little things are the ones that make my day – whether someone does it for me or I do it for them. It’s the little things that I think we often appreciate the most, perhaps because we can relate very closely to small things. For example, sometimes my mum buys me a gift card to the grocery store, “just because”. It’s awesome! (Best. mother dear. ever.) But I’ve got to say, when she buys me a red pepper at the store because she knows I like them and don’t buy them because they’re too expensive, that really warms the cockles.
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Keith August 24, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Hello Sagan,

Funny how we often want “big” things to happen for us but in reality, those daily “little” occurrences are what make life rich. So great of you to point that out!

Your mum sounds like a very loving soul, reminds me of my mum!

Sagan, thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences.
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b August 24, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Imagine, within us, we are damned. That is to say, we hold blockages that keeps the energy around us from flowing fluently within this moment. When we are finally able to release the energy from this obstruction, the landscape within us changes and is seen then as a reflection in the outer world. The energy released opens up more space in our environment for creativity to flourish. Other dams in the exterior world then begin to crumble, and a chain of miracles then enlightens our Nature. The bigger the release of spirit from within, the greater the effect in the external world.

Imagine Now, that we are all enlightened and that we are all perfect the way we are, and We believe this to be true with all of our Hearts. The pressure that we have placed upon ourselves suddenly dissipates and eases us Up. A new dimension or dream-scape then opens Up, and there is room for everyone’s heartfelt dreams to come true. There are no longer any more dams to obstruct our rise to this Moments Perfect Occasion.

We Lead the Way and truly serve others when we learn to love our dreams. For the love that is felt from within, touches everything in infinite ways in every niche of Being. By being true to ourselves and by loving ourselves, we allow others to find and love themselves too. We all become attentive then to each other through knowing that we are all related. For when we are akin to one another, their can only be kindness.

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Keith August 25, 2010 at 8:45 am

Hello b,

This sentence jumpes out at me “The bigger the release of spirit from within, the greater the effect in the external world.” This is so very true. I have often written and spoken to people about how inner change always precedes outer change. It happens no other way.

As you said so well, we all are connected and awareness of that is important if we are to influence, with love, those around us.

b, thank you for your insightful comments. They really help to expand an understanding of what it takes to be an Activist for Love!
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Angelia Sims August 24, 2010 at 10:39 pm

It truly is the littlest things. I love this post and how inspiring it is to take those little steps to do great things with love.

I have noticed in my office building how LONG the elevators from the basement take at lunch. And of course, everyone is in a rush to get back and not be late. I saw someone coming and held the door long after it would have closed. She was so grateful (and surprised). It really was a little thing, but full of kindness that I hope she passed on.

Thanks Keith, wonderful post.
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Keith August 25, 2010 at 8:50 am

Hello Angelia,

Good for you for doing that act of kindness. See, it may seem a small thing, but with everyone rushing around, focusing only on not being late themselves, and along comes Angelia! She performs this patient act of kindness in the midst of chaos. The recipient was surprised, no doubt, because this sort of thing is the exception instead of the norm. Acts just like that have more of an impact than we think. Great job!

Thanks Angelia for sharing this example of Love Activism!!
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Patricia August 24, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Thank you for sharing this post today and for me an introduction to Keith – I like your style and your term “love activist”. I think many folks have a PhD.d in the little things. I am seeing so many people who try to do the “big” events and even more you quietly just take the moment or two to extend a helping or thoughtful hand.

In the mornings when I walk the lake, lots of the homeless folks are wandering around waiting for the food centers and coffee folks to open, I try to check in and see if anyone needs medical attention and then use my cell phone to get one of the support folks there if I discover a need. The sad thing to me is that I have discovered 3 folks I went to school with as a child who have not recovered from Viet Nam War….I think they appreciate being recognized and acknowledged.

Thank you for sharing this post
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Keith August 25, 2010 at 8:59 am

Hi Patricia,

WOW. I am so touched by what you’re doing. Such love your showing these people, and you can bet they aren’t getting that from everyone they meet throughout their day. I think you are right. The ones whom you recognize are touched that you acknowlege and recognize them.

Patricia, you are definitley an Activist for Love and I am so grateful for what you’re doing!
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Hilary August 25, 2010 at 2:11 am

Hi Keith and Lance .. good to meet Keith .. I loved this thought – I did that for one old boy (my next door neighbour) until he turned and became the true misogynist he was – as someone else had told me he would – such is life! But I hear exactly what you’re saying .. and I’ve always tried to help others – I’m not as good as I should be .. and particularly the last few years .. but the light is ahead now and I would hope I can bring some more cheer to people .. I want to work with some of the other folk in my mother’s Nursing Centre, when she’s asleep, and feel now that I will have some time to give.

Thanks Keith .. good to remind us .. Hilary
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Keith August 25, 2010 at 9:04 am

Hello Hilary,

Sadly, every person we show love too will not be grateful, and some may even use us. No matter, spead the love anyway and those who abuse it…well, that’s on them. All we can do is work to show love for others, the rest isn’t really up to us. I am happy that even though that experience wasn’t a positive one, it did not deter you from being kind and showing concern for others. Kudos to you!

The Nursing Centre idea is fantastic! Your acts of love will be greatly needed there! You go Hilary!
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Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord August 25, 2010 at 7:00 am

Keith, what an awesome post (and a great site to have it on!). I love the story you shared about what Jenny did, and I really appreciate how you pointed out that it doesn’t have to be some over-the-top gesture. Start small, because little things add up over time, and there’s also a ripple effect. The other day I was driving in the city and passed a guy on the sidewalk who looked a little forlorn. I smiled at him as we locked eyes for a moment. Afterward, I hoped that the energy of a smile touched his heart somehow, because I know for me, receiving a smile is life affirming. Actually, yesterday I was driving and passed a young boy on a bicycle. He was maybe 11 or 12 years old, but he smiled at me and I thought, “WOW! Now that really felt good!”
So simple, yet so powerful.

I will be an activist for love, Keith and I thank you for putting forth such good energy into our world!
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Keith August 25, 2010 at 9:10 am

Hello Joy Girl!

Megan, it;s good to “see” you here and it is good to be on this site. Lance is awesome and so is his blog.

Over the top gestures are ok I suppose but it’s those ongoing, day to day, “small” acts that are changing the world and having the biggest impact. I think you nailed the reason why that is true. THE RIPPLE EFFECT! Each and every act we do, no matter if it be grand or small, has a ripple effect and who knows how far the reach goes. THAT excites me because I know every thing I do MATTERS!

I love your “smile” stories. I use the power of smiling every day, it never fails!

Megan, you ARE an Activist fo Love for sure! I thank you for the positive energy you are pouring out to the world. You most certainly Rock!
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Lance August 25, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Keith,
An “activist for love”!!! What a great way to look at the change we can all be in this world, when it’s done from a place of deep love and care! Sign me up!

And, the example you shared – such a simple thing, and yet…so, so much more. Jenny’s heart shines through brightly here (as does your, my friend!)!! And that’s really it…small things we can all do – and when they come from that deep place of love…these things are so much more than what they appear on the surface (like a plate of food). It’s a connection to each other…and in that, a connection more deeply with our own heart.

And that is a beautiful gift…

Keith, thank you for sharing your words here, and for shining your amazing and wonderfully bright light that emanates from your soul. Our world (my world) is richly blessed by these gifts of yours.

Namaste,
Lance

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Keith August 25, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Lance,

I am very grateful for the opportunity to be a guest on your blog.
You’re an example of an Activist for Love and all that you do, all your acts of love are rippling out into the world. The effects that your bringing about are great and cannot be measured. I know this because I am one of those effects. Bless you dear friend.
I am also grateful to everyone that shared their thought and experiences. They greatly enhanced this conversation and have blessed me so much. Isn’t it great, encouraging and a blessing to know that there are many Love Activist out there doing what they do. Showing love through their actions. Bless you all!
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Lance August 25, 2010 at 2:52 pm

All,
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful and caring thoughts here this week. Your words, like the wonderful thoughts that Keith shared, are touching and meaningful. And more than that…they are real…and they shine to the amazing goodness that is within each of us.

You all are beautiful souls…

Much peace,
Lance

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Clearly Composed August 25, 2010 at 8:25 pm

This post makes my tummy warm…makes me feel like flying…makes the world seem so very lovely. 🙂 Bravo to the author and the host for conspiring to share the love today. *applauds*
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Keith August 26, 2010 at 10:57 am

Hello Emma,

So glad you got the “warm and fuzzies” from this post! LOL You seem so full of joy and that’s contagious! I’m smiling from reading your comment. 🙂

Thank you for your kind words Emma!
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Tim August 26, 2010 at 7:18 am

Keith and Lance:

This a an awesome post about a really important topic. Your opening paragraph about people looking to other people as an example is so true. And your advice to start with the people closest to us is simple, yet profound. This is a very inspiring post and I hope it will have many others becoming love activists. Great job!
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Keith August 26, 2010 at 11:05 am

Hello Tim,

Yeah, sometimes allit takes is for one person to just begin a work and before you know it…many have joined in! I’ve done this myself many times. That’s what got me to thinking “Hey, if I take the first step maybe others will follow my example, in the same way I have followed the example of others” It works, 🙂

I appreciate very much your kind comment Tim!
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Liara Covert August 26, 2010 at 9:14 pm

One can also realize everything is perfect as it is and remember to see beyond the imperfections imagined into being by the mind.
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Lauren August 27, 2010 at 11:42 am

Thanks for a lovely post. I love the thought of being an “activist for love”. What better force to activate? I love the feeling of all the loving encounters I can experience in a day by giving love.

It’s so simple. It takes so little time. It’s a matter of holding the intent and letting people know they matter in whatever small act or words we choose at a given moment.

It feels so good to realize how much love we have access to in any instant. We simply need to be the love we seek. Beautiful, really.

Love,
Lauren
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J.D. Meier August 27, 2010 at 11:54 pm

I think the key is always that little shift from how to change THE world, to how to change “YOUR” world … leading the change from the inside out, and expanding your sphere of influence … like the butterfly effect.
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Colleen August 28, 2010 at 9:02 pm

“There aren’t “special” qualifications required to be an activist for love. “

Amen brother. We do tons of volunteer work and often times lead the team. We are not especially gifted, but we are willing and able. So, given the availability, we are often times put into leadership. When there are few folks willing and able, we are thrust into roles we might not be gifted at, but what the heck, when there is a need, who’s checking qualifications, eh!
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Brenda August 31, 2010 at 6:52 am

Wonderful post! I am new to your terrific blog~ But I do believe that love is a verb…an action and decision all day long…love should be visible and alive! Love always heals…
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Chris Fowler September 24, 2010 at 5:30 am

What a wonderful post to read, there are some of us who want to be leaders and make a personal impact on the world whilst there are some of us who are more content to just live life quietly

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