What the World Needs Now

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What the world needs now
Is love, sweet love.
It’s the only thing
That there’s just too little of.
What the world needs now
Is love, sweet love-
No, not just for some
But for everyone.
-Burt Bacharach and Hal David
And a little human touch goes a long way with this.

Photographer Richard Rinaldi captured the beautiful power of the human touch in his six project Touching Strangers.

This. Blew. My. Mind.


Original by CBS News

Life changing…just life changing. There is much to learn from this. It was most interesting to see how the heart seemed to follow the action.

Love these comments from the video…

“It was sort of awkward but then sort of not.”

“We are probably missing so much about the people all around us.”

“Humanity as it could be, as most of us wish it would be.”

I also loved how connected the people seemed as they were standing around together talking after the pictures. So beautiful. What a wonderful illustration of the power of touch.

We do so little of this. When my mom lived alone, I was aware of this in her life, the lack of human touch. I am not sure how or why. Perhaps, I followed my brother’s lead. He was always touching her. I also noticed that no one else really did. My brother and I would massage her, and I would sit with her and hold hands with her. She loved it. Touch those you love. You never know how little human touch they may have in their lives.

I remember once I stayed overnight because she wasn’t feeling well earlier that day. I assumed I would be sleeping in one room and her in the other, which part of me was kind of hoping is how it would go down. Remember, the touching thing and sleeping together is not all that familiar to me, and even though a part of me loves the thought of that wonderful family and friendship intimacy, it’s not familiar. But I slept in the same bed with her because she really was not going to have it any other way. I have to say that was one of my favorite memories with her. We giggled. We laughed. We cuddled. I am a night owl, and she goes to bed early, but she would always wake up through out the night. I was still awake when she did, and that was when the magic happened. It was like when I was little, and she and I would stay up in bed watching television and talking and laughing. Oh, what a memory. Emotional and physical barriers came down just from the intimacy of the proximity. Try it, and let it begin in your home.

Love and the human touch…never underestimate the power.  -Simply Topaz

What spoke to you as you watched this video?

The Things That Matter

The things that matter. Most.

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The things that matter…are not always what you think they are. And sometimes they are right in front of you.The things that matter are here and now. -Simply Topaz

Things That MatterI am overwhelmed with the thoughts going through my mind. This weekend I received a text message from my niece (the sweet wife of my MOST favorite nephew in the whole world) with a picture. Oh, my heart. It was this picture, a picture of my brother with my sons when they were littles. And I cannot stop looking at it. It felt, for a brief moment, like being transported through time to before the moment that time split in two.

I did not even know it existed. Only God could know how much this would mean to me, especially with my brother being so heavy on my heart lately. I look at this picture and don’t even remember this day. I am not even sure where we were, but none of that is important. We were with him. That is all that matters…and we have a picture of it. But I do know from this picture that this was shortly after my husband left us for a sixteen year old. I had so many things on my mind at the time…grief, fear, and determination as I started a new life for my sons and me. But I look at this picture and none of what seemed so important at the time is important at all now. Shortly after this picture was taken, my brother was diagnosed with a brain tumor. We only had a few short years left with him.

When I look at this picture now, all that is important is that he was there with us.

Oh, the lesson does not escape my present life. What we think is important, isn’t. Cherish every spectacular moment with those you love. Plan the moments, steal the moments. Do whatever you have to do to make it happen. It is what matters. In the end, these are the time we will never regret. Never.

 

The things that matter.

The

people

that matter.

I don’t know who took this picture. Until this weekend, I didn’t even know it existed. All I know is that now it is one of my most favorite pictures. Ever.

Live life celebrating every amazing person in your life at that very moment. If we are looking at what we have lost or worrying about the future, we have missed what is important. We have missed the things that matter. The present. And our many blessings. Even when bad things are happening, there are blessings around you.

And always…

Take pictures…even if you don’t feel like it, even if people complain…even if they are not perfect. It doesn’t matter. Just take them. If someone matters to you, take their picture. It doesn’t matter if you are a photographer or not. I am a professional photographer, and this snapshot is one of my favorite pictures. Because it is the one that I have. Do not worry if your picture is not perfect. It is not a picture that you are going to be submitting for a competition. And even if you have a photographer in the family, don’t feel like your pictures don’t matter because they are “not as good”. All snapshots have value. There are no excuses. If you love someone, TAKE. PICTURES. WITH. THEM. The only picture you will regret is the one you didn’t take.

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I have no words for how thankful I am to have this picture of my brother with my boys. The only picture that I have of him with any of us is the one I shared here that my mom took when I was little. God completely overwhelms me. And I just love my nephew and his wife to pieces for sending me a quick shot of this as soon as they ran across it.

What are the things that matter to you, the things that really matter?

What wonderful miracles are all around your right now, right this very moment?

Celebrating the beautiful people in my life,
~Topaz

Living with Intention

What would you add to your list? A list with the wonderful possibilities of life. A list that is about writing on the wall of life.

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Intent partnered with action will take you to places you have never seen.

Life is about doing, not just what we are thinking about doing.

Life isn’t getting ready to start. This is it. 

It’s not about what we can’t do. It’s about what we can do. Do that.

–Simply Topaz

I am making a list.

It is a life, leap, live life on purpose, live with intention, live your list….list.

There IS a special reason for this particular list. I am turning 50 (GASP) in a few weeks and want to set a TONE for that day and every day after that.

A tone.

A tone that sends a message, a vibration out into the world…a vibration of intent.

The last few years have been difficult, really probably a lot more years than that. It has changed me. It was just the culmination of it all. And it is time to adjust my sails. I am creating this list of intention to challenge myself, maybe even save myself.  And what better way than with a list of intention. I want the list to be purposeful, creative, challenging, and even a little silly list with healthy, inspiring, and fun life goals. I am SUPER excited about this. It is like being  a kid in a candy store, trying to choose which amazing new thing that I want. I am completely in LOVE with some of the ideas. I will be sharing my list in a few weeks (by November 6…my 50th birthday) when I have finished writing it. It will not be a list of spending a lot of money. It is a list of life-changing, memory-making experiences. It is about living life with intention.

I am not sure how many things I will be adding to the list or what kind of deadline I will be giving it. I am thinking maybe a 50 things in 500 days kind of thing. Maybe even continue it to a 101 in 1001 days. Or I might do 36 things in 365 days. I just really want to love the things on my list.

The more I think about it, I like 36 things in 365 days. It makes it about NOW. It makes it about not putting off things. That is living life. I can always add to it later, but I like starting here…and now.

I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to hear YOUR ideas! I might even add a few to my list!

What would you add to your list?