A World Made More Beautiful

One of these videos I posted on Facebook over the weekend was such a hit that I had to share it with my blog followers too. I’ve written about a homeless man and his dog before (Compassion is Not Only for the Rich) and watching this video opens up so many emotions again.

In everyday life we are confronted by people begging, scratching in bins for food, sleeping in a shop doorway with a newspaper pulled over them for warmth. When I am faced with these people ravenous to survive, I wonder what lead them to that very moment that finds them bent over a dustbin digging for scraps of food or standing at the traffic light with a tin hoping someone will spare some change for them.

I guess it doesn’t really matter what brought them to that stage, what decision they made or what road they chose, but what really matters is that we remember that these homeless people are human too. Somewhere out there they may have families too and once, they too belonged to society. But as they become dirty and scruffy looking and doing what they can to survive, humanity tends to turn their back on them because they no longer fit into the box of what we think they should be.

This video is a beautiful reminder that by stopping to notice someone as a fellow human being, no matter who they are or what they look like, and by  remembering that they too have feelings, dreams and hopes we can begin to shower this world with more love and compassion. We can change lives simply by caring enough to see a little deeper that the outside shell.

It really does start with simply noticing another. Taking a moment to do something for someone else with no reward other than you have done something good for someone else in need. This video below also came across my path last weekend and it wraps up exactly what you can get by simply giving.

How slight a nod it would take

How bare a smile

To give everyone you meet today

A sense of worth.

By giving you receive so much more than you could ever imagine.

It truly is the gift that keeps giving.

The Magic Of An Indian Summer

Instead of gym last night I headed for the beach where a long walk along the cool sand was calling to my soul. The air warm, the sea flat and not a breath of wind was around, on that perfect autumn afternoon, all I could feel was the unexpected heat of the sun soaking into my skin.

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Off in the distance, silhouetted by the sun, two stand up paddlers romped in the waves. On the sand, a dog chased a ball his owner had thrown for him, dashing in and out of the waves. The sound of the waves crashing to shore in a steady rhythm, with each crashing wave like meditation for the soul.

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I came across a ‘I ♡ SA’ carved in the sand and had to take a photo of it because yes, even if I don’t feel like I belong here, I still ♡ SA!

With temperatures set to reach the high 20°C’s and low 30°C this week in Cape Town, the Mother City is displaying the perfect Indian Summer in autumn and I for one am going to make the most of it.

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After my walk I found a spot on the dunes and sat down in the white sand as a kaleidoscope of twisting tangerine and coral, the sunset began to paint the canvas of the sky.

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There is such beauty in the simple things.

I think most things are pretty magical, last night was no different!

Beauty is all around, you just have to choose to see it!

~ Choose to see the good and the beauty of the world – Happy ChooseDay Everyone ~

~ All Photos By Me ~

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