You have a purpose.
Every year I live I become more aware, positive, and driven. I realize that life has a meaning, and each and every one of us has a great way to fulfill that meaning.
Do you know that feeling when you give a gift to someone? Do you know how great it feels when they look at you and smile with excitement and gratitude? Even if you don’t know that feeling – then that’s a great thing, because you have room to grow and experiences yet to happen and can soon experience that feeling of gifting. You can be on a great and positive journey to discover the key on how to help others, and in turn, help yourself.
There are tons of people living in negativity and in a mindset where they don’t see the point in positivity or giving. Some may think positive thinking is unachievable, or not realistic. I used to be one of them, and I’m here to tell you that life has meaning. There is a reason why positivity is contagious, there is a reason why love feels good, why giving feels good. It’s simply because that’s what were supposed to do. Being in a cycle of jealousy, criticism, and anger doesn’t feel good because it’s simply NOT good.
Ever since practicing kindness to others both mentally in what I think of others, and in interactions with how I treat others, it’s been like a snowball effect. Kindness has impacted my life. I now turn away from negative media and drama, criticizing others, being jealous, and instead reverse these things into the total opposite. I seek out positive things in the world, how I can try to create happiness, and if I find myself envious of someone I say, “What do I like about them? How can I better myself to take on attributes I like about them?” If you notice, it’s almost the same feeling as jealousy, but interpreted and executed in a much different and positive way. I’m being completely honest when I say all of these things have changed my life for the better, and can change yours too.
All of that being said, if you are in a negative cycle or even have room to grow and spread more positivity (which is all of us), then please consider practicing positivity. And please don’t think positivity is impossible, as it starts with the thoughts you’re thinking right now. It’s almost like a diet, you don’t just switch over in a day from eating fast food daily to an organic healthy diet. Likely, you will relapse as your habits aren’t instilled in you. Treat positivity like a diet. It’s baby steps stemming from your thoughts and becomes easier with each waking moment. Soon you’ll go from positive thinking, to positive speaking, to positive giving. When working on your own personal growth, it’s inevitable that you’re also working on positivity with others.
There are plenty, plenty, plenty of people in the world who need this positivity. There are homeless who need guidance and support… or even something as simple as feeling like somebody cares for them. You can be that. There are children who are abused, bullied, misunderstood, who need somebody to be there for them. There are so many people going through a battle and truly need your gestures of kindness to help change their life. The good thing is that you can start making this world a better place right now by picking up your hook and yarn.
I assume you love crochet since you’re on this site. And if you know absolutely nothing about crochet – good news! That only means you have so many fun things to learn about starting crochet and it’s potentials. Anyways, since you probably love crochet and want to start making a difference, start crocheting.
You can make all of the amiugurmis you find cute, and donate them to a hospital at the end of each month. Or you can make baby booties and baby hats for homeless/low income families with newborns and donate them to those families. For the holidays, you can crochet some really amazing corner to corner (C2C) blankets and amigurumis, then wrap them up and donate them to the less fortunate so they can have some gifts for Christmas. You could also crochet some Christmas stockings, fill them up with goodies like candy, and donate it to them. Make a list of birthdays of young children going through a tough time (possibly from a group home or hospital), and crochet them a toy of their favorite thing. Crochet a bag and place some valuable books in there and donate it to someone who really needs it. Make a pair of slippers and leave it out in public with a note that says, “If you need these, please take this.”
There are so many ways we can make our hobby into a positive thing for other people. Next time you’re in a crochet slump, fill the void with making a gift to give to someone who needs it.
So I hope you can take something away from this, especially if you’re in a negative mindset. I used to be there too, but you don’t have to look far to realize that our purpose is to help others. It goes a long way and feels good for everyone.