Take a moment to remember that the reason you, me and everyone around us are here now is because of our collective history. Each of our personal journeys are unbelievably short when you really think about it. We are but a flash of light in the universal timeline and what we do with this time is not only important for us now but for the future too.
I saw this comic strip from The Oatmeal (a personal favourite!) posted on a friend's Facebook page yesterday and it says it all. It's going to be okay.
Did you know it is Draw a Bird Day?! I sure didn't but after I read the story behind this worldwide annual event I knew I wanted to participate by trying my hand at a bird drawing of my very own.
According to the official website for Draw a Bird Day the start of this movement began in 1943 when a seven year old girl named Dorie visited her uncle in the hospital and asked him to draw her a bird. He had been injured in the war and she thought that this might cheer him up. It did and subsequent visits had not only Dorie's uncle drawing more but also other war-wounded patients whenever she came to visit.
It's about finding joy in life's simple pleasures and helping others forget, if only for a minutes, their current suffering.
My drawing took only a few minutes to create but the time was spent pondering on the good heart and intentions of a young girl over 70 years ago. This goes to show how easily it can be to help others when you can focus on the simple things.
Will you draw a bird today?