I developed the C.A.R.E. Cards as a tool to spread some
“good”, hope & joy out in the world. They are a great way to “notice” another person, to let them know they are “seen”, to acknowledge another person whether they are rockin’ awesome/struggling/going above and beyond/hurting/trying their best/working hard/ believing/giving/doing/donating/ volunteering/grieving/standing still/over-achieving/over-extending/over-acting/sad/withdrawn.....you know. We all have our stories, it's our stories that connect us as human beings. Many, many people just want to know that they are seen….I want us to slow down and actually “see” other people. I firmly believe that there will be a noticeable ripple effect from using these cards. The bonus is that the result or effect will be equally experienced whether you give or receive a C.A.R.E. card (win win).
The word “CARE” itself is very significant & meaningful. The acronym I developed for C.A.R.E. (Celebrate, Appreciate, Respect, Encourage) is equally significant, actionable & has the power to create positive changes in our lives and the lives of others. The list is ever growing and you may even have your own unique and helpful ways to C.A.R.E. The goal is to C.A.R.E. for ourselves firstly (very important – call it self-care, self-love, personal wellness, etc)………..we need to look after ourselves before we can effectively C.A.R.E. for others.
There are more people who are depressed, angry, sad, frustrated, impatient, “busy”, rushed, unhappy, unfulfilled and stressed out than ever before. You know it; you can “feel” it – it’s there. We have become human “doings” rather than human “beings”. What I do know if that we really need to change things up and shift both our thinking and our behaviour. A small shift is to pay attention to what you think, what you say and what you do. All 3 of these shifts impact us as well as others. More than we realize.
Judgements of other people can get us into a lot of trouble because we tend to believe them. We want to share our judgements and the accompanying “story” we have created with others for validation and support that they are true. Do we ever know another person’s story or journey? We are each a product of 100’s of others who have crossed our paths and affected us with their words and/or their actions. Just think about the impact and influence you can have on another person – someone you don’t even know. People are craving “just to be noticed”, for someone to “be nice to them”, to smile at them, to say something positive, to give them hope with an act of kindness. Especially in light of what we are all experiencing in today’s world.
We need to “C.A.R.E.” – all of us. We need to do this for ourselves and also for others. Ensure that you look after yourself and your own wellness – that you “C.A.R.E.” for yourself. hen, go out and “C.A.R.E.” for others. There are no rules on breaking down barriers and creating change in the world except the ones we make up. Use the cards; hand them out with our without a written message inside. Just start and “notice” people – all people. The by-product of “C.A.R.E.” will be what most of us ultimately want………and that’s hope, optimism and happiness. It is my deepest wish that the impact of this action will provide inspiration to people who are just craving to be noticed.
How wonderful it is to know that there is infinite opportunity to create positive change in our lives and the lives of others. And I'm sure you will agree, we ALL need it more than ever right now.
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