Hey people. So, as promised, I'm not being a stranger. As I said before, I really appreciate all of your continued support during the last month. I'm getting back to feeling like myself again and writing the way I like to.
So my birthday is this Saturday coming up. And I've made a decision about this next year if my life that I'd like to bring you in on. Let me start by saying that I think positivity is a really important thing in the world today. I don't feel like there are enough people on the planet who step out of their circles to extend a positive thought or feeling to a stranger. I think in the grand scheme of things there are far fewer people who make a point to exude positive energy. With that being said, I've made a conscious decision to be one more person making a point to spread good vibes. To feel that I'm truly being an example of this, though, I had to think outside of the box. I tried something and it worked, and now I'm going to ramp it up and share my experience with you.
I chose a random set of seven numbers and put a New Jersey area code in front of it and sent a text message. It was a simple, "how are you," because I had no idea what my end goal was but it turned out to be a really cool experience.
The two-day conversation probably didn't have more than twenty messages in total, but it turned out I had found a fifteen year old kid named Javi whose birthday is two days after mine. I realized I had picked those specific numbers for a reason and it was so that this young man could have a completely unexpected positive message for his sixteenth birthday. The conversation ended there, but I can honestly say it helped me identify what my goal was. I need to use the experience of my brother's suicide to help me reach strangers in a different way. The truth is you never truly know what someone is going through. You never know how a simple message can change someone's day.
I believe in what I'm doing, and I want to share the journey with you. Once a week I will choose a random phone number and just see what happens. I'll tell you about every one of them while I keep you updated on the rest of my life and lessons, and I hope you'll take this ride with me.
Well, it's dinner time and I'm hungry, so....
~until next time
Working a full time job, raising two daughters, attempting to have a social life, trying to make my family proud, and trying to make myself proud are things I do every day. I'm now beginning my journey of giving. This is step one.