Abscence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Posted on October 11, 2013

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Hello Readers!

I have been away for some time now, but it’s time to get back to the nitty-gritty of things!

Here’s what I’ve been up to…

School, Momma time, Working, more Momma time and trying to move into our home. Above all, I recently chopped off six inches of my hair in honor of #breastcancerawareness, other cancers, and Lupus which I myself have been battling for years.

Here I am with my gal, Nikki who works wonders on any massive mane. Even though it’s such a tiny gesture of kindness, I hope my small donation will make a big impact. Being a busy mom, student and full-time employee, it’s hard for me to donate time to a cause or organization that I am passionate about.This small piece of myself will go a long way towards making someone else feel like themselves again. If that’s all I can do, then it’s worth it to me. 

 

 

 

Speaking of small gestures, I am not the only one who has a passion for sharing natural living or lifestyle methods. I will be featuring some amazing guest contributors in the near future that will share their knowledge, passions, and giant fervor for life! Stay tuned…

In the past few months or so, I have been struggling with getting back into the swing of things. It’s amazing how one small gesture, such as chopping all of your hair off, can catapult your whole attitude. This selfless act means more to me than just donating it to cancer. It means renewal, pressing the restart button, refreshing my attitude, my outlook, my peace of mind. Essentially, getting back to basics.

This experience was eye-opening. Who would’ve thought that making such a drastic change to my hair could stir such a reaction. Questions and reactions like Why?, What will you do now that you have short hair?, Oh My God! I could never do that, you’re so bold and brave! Well, the answer is simple. Why? Answer: Why not? What will you do now that you have short hair? Answer: The same thing I did yesterday. Bold? Not quite. The survivors are bold. Bold and braver than I could ever be. The children waking up every day that smile through pain, that’s bold. The mother who still has to take care of her children and family while going through chemo, that’s bravery.

In the whirlwind of life, we sometimes can lose ourselves in the mundane. We lose touch with what really matters. Hair is vanity. Why do you think Buddhist Monks live their entire lives bald? The hair still connects them to a “worldly attachment”. I never knew what hair meant to people until I did this. I’ve gone short before but never this short. Although I enjoyed all of the compliments and oh’s and ah’s, I felt disappointed. It was not my intention to turn the spotlight on myself but on a much bigger issue that we all have run into at some point in our lives. I hope I’ve inspired some who I’ve affected to donate or get involved or maybe even do something small. $1, sending prayer requests to those living with cancer or paying it forward to a stranger.

In today’s world, I think we need more of that. More reaching out, more listening, more awareness, and less of what is out now. We are flawed by nature, but I think if more of us realized that, we can work towards a greater good. After all, we are human.

Maybe I’m naive, maybe I’m a dreamer, but I don’t think the formula that the world has now is working. With that said, I hope I started a movement, and no it won’t be on MTV.

“Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant with the weak and wrong. Sometime in your life, you will have been all of these.”
Gautama Buddha

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, check with your local salons to donate to organizations who ship the hair or DIY. Donate to a family on Change.org or check your local non-profit to volunteer or help out. Buy someone’s coffee for them or donate your clothes and used items to a local shelter.

Love and Be light,

Jessica

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