I watched a TED talk this week given by Temple Grandin. Dr. Grandin’s story is an amazing one. She was diagnosed with autism as a child and has gone on to become an expert in livestock handling and an important autism activist. Her research has dramatically changed the way the livestock industry functions. Dr. Grandin travels around the world speaking about her scientific research and what it is to live with autism. (We recommend the compelling movie of her life story: Temple Grandin) At the end of her TED talk, when asked what her passion was, Temple said this … “I get satisfaction out of seeing stuff that makes real change in the real world. We need a lot more of that and a lot less abstract stuff.” This is a woman who, against the odds, has truly changed the world. Her Goodness is unique and evident to all.
At SaveGoodness we talk a lot about how to care for your own heart. We do this because we know that it is ground zero in the fight to save Goodness. Your heart is where Goodness is born. If you are not getting what you need at a heart level, then spreading Goodness will be more difficult for you. Dr. Grandin talks a lot about the fact that we need all kinds of minds. She talks about the contributions that people with autism make. In her TED Talk she said, “Who do you think made the first stone spears? The Asperger guy. If you were to get rid of all the autism genetics, there would be no more Silicon Valley.” The truth is – we need all kinds of minds and all kinds of hearts. Each person is unique and has something vital to offer. We are just beginning to explore the importance in society of different kinds of minds; we have not even begun to touch the importance of different kinds of hearts.
Each person has a unique and important role in our world. You have something vital to offer others – from your mind AND your heart. I would have to agree with Dr. Grandin on this statement as well, “I get satisfaction out of seeing stuff that makes real change in the real world. We need a lot more of that and a lot less abstract stuff.” While our theories and insights are great – we have to practice what we believe. I think most of you believe that Goodness is important, necessary, even essential to our lives, but how do you practice it? Below are some general areas that you can focus on in your pursuit of living a life of Goodness. We will delve deeper into the specifics of each in future posts.
Become an Observer – Start to notice the Goodness around you. This is the first step in being able to act on it. Notice. Good. Things. Notice who needs encouragement. See yourself as a resource and well of blessing and encouragement to others – because you are! Notice things that you can complement or speak up about. You have to see it before you can say it!
Words Have Power – You can do more Good than you can imagine by just opening your mouth! You have the power to influence others with the words you say. How many opportunities each day do you have to speak words of kindness and Goodness to others? Make it your goal to become an encourager – make it a priority to be responsible for the energy you put out into the world. You can be a generator of Goodness by putting out positive energy and attitudes.
Be Brave – Initiate Goodness every chance you get. Believe in people. Act out of Goodness. Let your life be an overflow of what is in your heart and let your heart be filled with Goodness. You have to start the chain reaction of Good in your own life. Doing things of Goodness will draw up more Goodness from inside you. The hardest part of acting on Goodness is the courage it takes to just do it. Say it. Write it. Applaud it. Make it. Share it. Spread it. You have to prime the pump of your own heart to have Goodness to give. It will feel a bit awkward at first if you have not practiced – but you can do it. Goodness is in you and it can change the world.
Here is your assignment this week:
1. Spot one person that you can see needs encouragement.
2. Think of something specific and personal that you could share with them that shows you are really “seeing” them.
3. Act on it. In some way show them or tell them how you feel about them.
4. Refresh the well of your own heart with Beauty, Trueness, Love, and Life-Giving Things.
Let us know how it goes!
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