Tell Someone Today — PLEASE!

Today is the 1 year anniversary of my dear friend Richard Johnson’s unexpected passing.  In his memory, I’m asking that if you’re reading this post, please reach out to someone today and tell them that you love them.  It’s not that life is short, but, that life is precious.  People are precious.  Friends, family, loved ones, precious.  And in honor of Richard’s remarkable life, I’d like to always remember my own true purpose:  to love and be loved – as authentically as possible.  Hug someone today. Love someone today.  “Stay beautiful and know you’re always somebody important to me.”

Richard&Carm2000

8 Year Old Boy Killed at Boston Marathon

This is Martin Richard who died yesterday in the Boston Marathon. Sweet boy. Love. How anyone could hurt others is beyond me — I don’t care what your point is, what your suffering is — when you kill others, like little boys, for that point, you lose my ear, you lose my attention, and instead you gain my anger and my disrespect.

Martin Richard Killed Boston

Boston. Love. Prayers.

As of this post, 2 , casualties, 23 injured at the Boston Marathon.   0820_Boston-MA_400x280

New York is taking precautions, Washington D.C., is also making some changes on Pennsylvania Ave/at the White House — out of precaution.

My hometown. Boston. So sad.  My country.  It feels unsafe.  A little scary.  But I don’t want to live in fear.  I will be more alert, more vigilant but no fear.

They’re not sure if this is a terrorist attack or some random technical problem.  Either way, it feels a little like the hours after 9/11.  Uncertainty. The not knowing.  Fear.  Again.

Gotta fight it.

The fear.

Can’t function in fear.

But together, in love and prayers, we can get through this too.

I’m sorry Boston.  Sending much love to the families…to the runners…

I’m sorry America… Sending much love and prayers for us too — lets get through this as we always do, together.

…and be stronger for it.

Peace, love and all that good stuff.

Carm.

Quote Overload

InspirationalMsgI swear I’m not bitter.

I just get tired of seeing so many “inspirational” quotes and messages on social media that sometimes I just have to stop logging on and take a break.

Don’t get me wrong, I love waking up to see a motivational message on my Twitter feed or Facebook page.  They can be from the Dalai Lama, Winton Churchill, Beyonce or the old friend you haven’t seen in 20 years.   But at some point, because they’re used so frequently and by so many people, these “inspirational” quotes  just become diluted blurs on a page. And all that keeps streaming in my head is: blah, blah-blah-blah, blah-blah.

And then, out of nowhere, one will stand out.  The one you needed to read – it hits you like a ton of bricks, makes you smile a bit and brightens your day!  All of a sudden things are put in perspective perfectly!

I love when that happens.

I love social media.

It’s why I keep coming back, eventually.

So, keep sharing.  Keep writing, Tweeting, Blogging, “Facebooking”, “Tumblr-ing”  or whatever it is you do!

Keep on keepin’ on.  Someone.  Is.  Reading!

And you never know how your words may change someone else’s day.  And that should be enough to keep you sharing!

Peace, love and all that good stuff!

Carm.