I think we will all agree that this week has not started off as intended. While I had planned a fantastic story to inspire and lift you up, rather than share that now, I think it is so important to take a moment and recognize what we are all dealing with. We are living in a crazy time. Somedays it is truly hard to focus with all the pain and suffering in the world.

In the past month alone we have had multiple hurricanes with thousands left homeless, the earthquake in Mexico City, terrorism across the globe and now this horrific tragedy in Las Vegas. None of it makes any sense. It is simply impossible to wrap your head around what is happening around us. It is scary,so shocking that it doesn’t seem real, and the sadness is palpable.

We all feel it together and come together. We help, brick by brick, and unite to support one another.

While I wish I had the answers, but sadly, I do not. However, rather than focusing on the chaos, the sadness and all that we can not control, I thought I would share a few thoughts on what we can control. We can talk to one another about how we feel. We can give blood, smile at a stranger, be kinder, hug our children and tell those that we love how much they mean. We can live fully and without fear. More than that we can love with abundance. That is in our control.

When the world doesn’t make sense, I think of this quote from Leo Rosten, “I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think that the purpose of life is to be useful, responsible, to be compassionate. It is above all to matter, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.” We can make our lives matter, the choice is ours….

This is dedicated to all those who lost their lives too early and to each of you who strive to live a life that matters.

Charity Matters.

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Finding the path by reading the signs

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  • Heidi Johnson

    Making a difference is what life is all about

    Charity Matters

    Heidi Johnson is a nonprofit founder (Spiritual Care Guild at Children's Hospital Los Angeles), a storyteller, and a believer in good. Heidi uses her voice to inspire others through her blog, http://www.Charity-Matters.com, and her work as the Executive Director of a nonprofit youth leadership organization. She is the proud mother of three sons.