Dare 18!

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88 Ways to Make a Stranger Smile: http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/05/08/88-ways-to-make-a-stranger-smile/

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Right Place, Right Time

I went to an Olly Murs concert on Friday (side-note: it was amazing). His album is titled “Right Place Right Time” and he has a song with the same title. In his introduction for the song he says that he chose this name because he feels like everything that has happened in his career has happened at the right place and the right time. That’s a little hard for me to wrap my head around because, in my mind, life doesn’t usually work that way.

I did a little research and found out that before Olly went to audition on the X Factor he was actually a semi-pro football (soccer) player whose career was tragically cut short by a sudden injury. I’m sure at that moment nothing felt right. The amazing thing is that he was able to move past that. I found out that the singing thing didn’t exactly  happen over night for him, it took him three auditions before he actually was chosen to be on the X Factor. After all of that, he ended up coming in second on the show and his career took off. He went from being an injured soccer player in the UK to standing up on a stage in Maryland in front of a sold out crowd that was going wild.

Today I had a “right place right time” moment. I think that’s how they come, in fleeting moments. I am almost done my freshman year of college, so I feel like I have reached a mini-milestone. This year hasn’t been easy by any stretch of the imagination. As with anything else, there have been a bunch of highs and lows, but I’ve realized that they are what shape the journey. Most of the time I’m too worried about things not going right on a small scale that I ignore the fabulous big picture that is being unveiled right in front of me. There are moments when I step back and realize that every situation, whether it has gone my way or not, is leading to an amazing final product. In the thick of it, that seems like an impossible idea, but if I allow myself to grow from these situations I know that amazing things can happen.

My advice, for myself and anyone else reading this is: don’t get lost in the lows. Hold on to the “right place right time” moments for when it gets rough. I know, it’s easier said than done, but if you’re ever in doubt there’s a song that you can listen to.

Dare 17!

We’re sorry that we posted this week’s dare late. We had some internet problems, but everything is all good now!

We dare you to take the time to be kind and understanding to those in your life. It will go a long way!

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“What you allow, is what will continue”

On Monday an act of evil was able to steal the spotlight. Hate and violence have threatened to take away our peace. Yes, I’m talking about the tragedy that occurred in Boston. A day that was supposed to be full of joy and hope quickly turned dark. Our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected in any way. In times like these we feel so powerless. That’s natural, but we can’t let things like this stop us. Instead of letting evil win, it is up to us to stand up and spread love.

Just like bad things can take center stage, good can do the same. Even with the news of the terrible things that occurred on Monday, there were stories of heroic people who were willing to give of themselves to help others. These are the types of things that restore our faith in humanity. In the midst of the chaos and bad things that were happening people were still willing to hold onto good.

So many of us wonder about what we can do to make things better. We often feel so far away and even helpless. Maybe we’re overlooking the amazing things that can be done from right where we are. The people of Boston are in desperate need of our prayers right now. They need to know that we’re behind them. Anyone who was on Twitter Monday knows that this is exactly what happened. “#PrayForBoston” trended for hours. People from all over the world were using social media to give their support to those who were affected. Never underestimate the power of prayer, or social media for that matter.

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

Our work is not done. Good hasn’t lost, so let’s not act like it has. It is up to us to do everything in our power to prove that it isn’t true. People of Boston, our thoughts and prayers are with you. People of the world, it’s our time to show evil who’s boss.

This blog post is dedicated to those who tragically lost their lives as a result of the explosions at the Boston Marathon on Monday. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected. God Bless. 

Dare 16!

Take the time to thank the people in your life for the amazing things that they do for you!

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Think Before You Post

FutureReal people read what you post on the internet. Even more, really important people have the chance to read your posts. There’s just something about not having to say things to someone else’s face that takes away some of our inhibitions. For some reason we don’t think things through as much if we’re going to post them on the internet. This is something that can get us into a lot of trouble.

Would you want your future employers to read your diary? Would you want the words that you have written to affect your likelihood of getting into college? If you don’t think before you post things on the internet, this is what can easily happen.  No matter how private it feels, the internet is a very public place. Everything that you say has the potential to be displayed to the masses.

As they say, a picture’s worth a thousand words. They can put unsavory words in your mouth if they’re distasteful.  These types of pictures have the chance to hurt you and hold you back when it really counts.

Here are a few things for you to keep in mind when it comes to using social media:

  1. Think about what you’re going to post before you post it. Don’t let a flood of emotions lead you into posting something that can harm you in the future.
  2. If you post something that you regret, don’t be afraid to delete it and then post an apology.
  3. Remember, not every picture that’s been taken needs to be posted on the internet. Share them offline and ask to be untagged in any photo that you think could harm you, or even better, ask for it to be removed.
  4. Buy a diary or journal. This can is a place where you can privately and freely express your innermost thoughts and feelings.
  5. Be mindful of your audience. Take some time to think about who you are connected to on the internet. Would you stand in front of this group of people in person and say what you’re posting? If not then just don’t post it.

It’s up to you to make sure that you correctly portray yourself on the internet. Take the necessary steps to make sure that your social media presence will not put your bright future in jeopardy. If you doubt that something that you post will be taken the right way, then refrain from posting it. There are plenty of other more private ways to share your thoughts with others. Always remember to think before you type.