Bumper Sticker Zen
Do you long to make a positive impact on the world but just don’t know how? As long as you have a forehead (well, actually even if you don’t!), I offer you a simple solution.
Start with your bumper sticker. Not the one on your car, but the one on your forehead! You might not have known it’s there, because it’s invisible, but we all have one. It’s the message you send to everyone who comes into your presence, whether you say a word to them or not. It’s the energy people absorb from you.
Have you ever walked by someone in the grocery store and could just feel the negativity and irritability oozing out of them? Maybe to the point that you needed a good shower afterward? Or have you passed a stranger on the street and just the way they smiled and said hello to you made you feel complete and want to invite them to dinner?
For that brief moment in time, you were stuck behind these people in traffic, reading their bumper sticker and being influenced by their message. You have that exact level of influence on others. We all do! We are energetic beings, and the energy is constantly being exchanged between us, whether we’re conscious of it or not.
If you want to make a positive impact on the world, the easiest way is to upgrade your bumper sticker and give the most beautiful loving energy to all those who come into contact with you. You have complete control over the message you share. You get to decide what it says. And that is no small responsibility.
Today my bumper sticker says, “I radiate peace and love everywhere I go!”
I meditate every morning brewing this energy inside me like a cup of coffee because this is how I want to feel all day long. Firstly for myself, and secondly to spread it to everyone else, because we all deserve to feel this way. I feel personally responsible for creating the world I want to live in, and I want to live in a world where everyone feels comfortable and safe in their own skin, and love is exchanged freely through smiles between strangers. So instead of Covergirl, I smear my forehead with peace and love for everyone to see, feel, and take as they need. Since living with this intention, more and more strangers have told me their life stories.
I smiled at a woman in the grocery store as we were browsing cat food. Suddenly she’s revealing the hardships of her marriage as if we were old friends catching up over a leisurely lunch. Yesterday, I sat near a man at the park, offered to take his picture, and soon learned the hard truth behind his visit to a recently deceased friend’s family.
Unexpectedly, I’ve learned my energy creates a safe haven for people to open up about the aches in their hearts. In doing so, they feel heard, listened to, and no longer feel trapped by the silence of holding their pain inside. They feel peace and love.
The forehead bumper sticker concept is a silly one. But it’s powerful. It’s human connection. It’s energy. It’s love. Or at least it can be if you choose your message wisely.
So I turn it over to you. What is the message you need most for yourself to feel safe, secure, and loved? How would it impact others to receive that message from you, whether you say a word or not?
Search within your heart, and carry it with you every single day…in your eyes, in your smile, in your words, for that’s how you will leave the most beautiful impact on your world.