People who make a difference in the world.
Earlier this year I was in Las Vegas for 10 days. I gambled away money I shouldn’t have, I consumed more food than I should have and I drank entirely to much alcohol. When in Sin City, do as Sinners do. I went to a Cirque Du Soleil. I visited red rock canyon, attended an arts festival and I hangout with some local and out of town friends. All of this was great, yet none of it was the most memorable part of my trip.
The thing that most impacted me was an amazing human being that I met walking down Fremont Street in “Old Las Vegas” His name is Raudel Torres. He was sitting on the pavement, in the middle of the street between four casinos. He sat there, legs crossed in a Lotus pose, greeting people as they passed by with two simple phrases. “Enjoy your life” and “I Love You”.
His expression of love for humanity blew me away. I was truly touched, moved and inspired by him. Of course I had to stop and have a few words with him. I wanted to know what was the driving force behind this great gesture of love for the world.
He told me that this was his first time doing this and that he was inspired by the loss of his grandmother, who had recently died.
He went on to say that he was very close to his grandmother and that loosing her had him develop a greater appreciation for life. He now realizes just how precious life and love is and that he wants to share this revelation with the world. He wants people to know that they don’t have to do anything to receive love and that life is great just as it is right here and now.
I believe that Raudel’s act of love takes courage and self-confidence. I imagined myself doing it and the first thing that crossed my mind is what would others think of me. Would they think I’m crazy, on drugs or might they think I wanted something from them.
I realized that I was more moved by my fear of other and what they thought, than I was by my love and desire to generate love and make the world a better place.
This bothered me because I pride myself on being someone who is committed to bringing love to the world. I realize that I truly have to stop being concerned about what others think of me and just do what I’m here to do.
Let them think what they think, let them say what they say and I should just be who I am. This is a huge breakthrough for me.
I would have never thought that I would have gotten all of that from him.
It also got me to see how the smallest things I do could possibly have a great impact on others. The simplest act of love and kindness could change someone’s life forever.
Since meeting Raudel, I can more clearly see the power of one and the power of love.
Thank you Raudel for give me this possibility. I can’t wait to get back to Vegas again and spend some time in the presence of such a powerful loving man as he. Who knows I might even join him squatting on Fremont Street. I’ll start working on my Lotus position.
Last night I watched the espy awards and the highlight of this sports awards show was when Caitlin Jenner, formerly know as Bruce Jenner, won the Arthur Ashe courage award.
Caitlyn said that the reason that she decided to revel her long kept secret to the world was to make a difference to others who are suffering as she had been for most of her life. The theme of her speech was acceptance. She believed people should be accepted and for who they are. She was particularly speaking about the trans genders community being accepted by others.
While I was watching her speech I became aware that acceptance was one of the things I wanted most from others. I realized that acceptance must be present for love to be fully experienced.
If someone I love tells me they love me, but they can’t accept me, I feel less loved. When Someone I love tells me that they love and accept me no matter what, I feel so loved that it’s unbelievable.
I really enjoyed the feeling of this revelation of how much love is connected to acceptance. Then I had another insight that made this moment even better.
I realized that before I can’t ask another person to love and accept me for who I am, I have to first love and accept me as I am.
When I truly choose to love and accept my life powerfully, life gives me power. When life gives me power, I feel powerful. Then I share my power with the world. There is no way I can be powerful in life when I don’t even like who I am.
Then another aspect of love and acceptance appeared to me. I began to think of all the people in my life that I don’t love and accept. Loving and accepting others is a part of feeling love and acceptance for myself. It must be given, in order to be received.
My call to action for the next week is this. I invite each and every one of you to join me in generating more love and acceptance. Here is how I will do this. I will make a list of 7 people that I want to have an amazing shift in my relationship with. This shift will be achieved by me rendering more love and acceptance. I will only listen to these people for their greatness. I will do this with one person every day over the next week.
I will also be more loving and accepting of myself. I will eliminate any and all conversations about myself that aren’t loving. I will stop beating up myself and stop making myself wrong.
I will also find an accountability buddy for this assignment. I will send my accountability buddy my list and have them hold me to it.
I challenge all who read this to do the same. Find the courage to make a change that will make a difference for yourself and the people you love.
Caitlyn Jenner did just that. She exhibited a tremendous amount of courage by coming out of the dark and sharing her true self with the world. Her courage has brought a massive amount of scrutiny on herself. It has also been the source of hope and inspiration for millions of others who don’t feel love and accepted.
I would like to acknowledge Caitlyn Jenner for being the change she wants to see in the world. For taking a stand to make a difference for others. This was one of the bravest acts I have ever seen.
She is now on her way to finally creating a life that she loves.
I encourage and invite you to be the change you want to see in the world.