“William James, the father of American psychology, said that the deepest desire in human beings is the craving to be appreciated.”
Today’s intention is: I HAVE TODAY to make a difference in the world.
This week on I HAVE TODAY with Diane Forster, we’re speaking with the incredible Helice “Sparky” Bridges, the founder of Blue Ribbons Worldwide. In 1980, Sparky started a movement to revitalize the human spirit, one school, one family, and one community at a time. Her dream is to reach 1 billion people with the message, “who I am makes a difference.” She is a woman of grace and compassion, who is humorous, wise, and unconditionally loving. Listen in to hear the story of the Blue Ribbons, and learn more about how to take a small step to be a part of making a radical difference in the lives of the people you come in contact with each day.
“I thought, well, maybe if I tell people that I love them and honor them and cheer them on for their dreams, something good will happen… I created the Blue Ribbon and it caught on. Thirty-five thousand people were honored in the first three months. Today, fifty million.”
Each week, I give you three takeaways, three key statements for you to apply to your life TODAY. In this episode, we discuss Three Reasons Why Who You Are Makes a Difference:
- You are gifted, unique, talented special, so extraordinary.
- Everyone has a valuable, important story. Your story matters.
- You are meant to be visible, seen, and appreciated.
“I want to just invite you to find people that you can speak to, encourage, and empower and say I love and appreciate you and value your uniqueness. And say, you can do it, I believe in you.”
Here’s a way to apply the concepts from this episode in a fun, powerful, transformative way. It’s called a mantra meditation. Your subconscious mind can keep you stuck. The most effective way to create more love, money, success, and happiness in your life is to tell your subconscious a different story, the story of what you really want with no limitations. So sit back and relax. Let the words do all the work for you. Then pay attention to the miracles that start showing up in your life. Trust and enjoy this process.
I Have Today to love my life. Something really good is going to happen to me today. I can feel it. Miracles big and small. I notice them all. Yes, yes, yes. Thank you. I love the word love. I love the feeling of love. I love everything that love represents. I am so grateful for the love in my life. I am especially grateful for my love of self. I understand now more than ever before. And I’ll never forget it that the love for me is the most important that there is. Loving myself completely is the reason I am here. I understand now that it’s a miracle that I’m here. God does not make mistakes. There are no mistakes when it comes to being born and being on this journey. How lucky am I to have this opportunity to be alive, to experience life? What a joy it is. And I love all my perfect imperfection.
There’s nothing wrong with me. There’s nothing I need to change. There’s nothing that needs to be different than it is. I’m a work in progress and I’m a work of art. And I love everything about me from the inside out, top to bottom, all of it. I am so blessed to have this life and I love myself. I love my creativity. I love my brilliance. I love my grace. I love my skills. I love everything about me. I love that every day I get to learn something new. Each day is a chance for me to learn, grow and expand, and I love that. I love the fact that I’m never done. We’re never done. We’re always a work in progress. I get that now and I understand it. And because of that, I’m so much more easy on myself and forgiving of myself and understanding of it.
The deep, rich, new found love I have for myself expands every single day. And because of that, I am so capable of loving others and accepting them just as they are. I can see that we’re all just works in progress. And I approach my life with so much more gratitude and appreciation for myself and for others. I’m so grateful to have them in my life and to love them unconditionally without any expectation of anyone being any different from who they are. It makes romantic relationships so much easier when you understand that we’re each doing the best we can from where we are. And that the love we’re all seeking comes from within. It’s an inside job. And I’m so grateful that I know this now. I deeply love my family and my friends, my colleagues, my communities, everyone in my life. I offer them, unconditional love because I have unconditional love for myself. I love and accept myself just as I am. And that love grows and expands each and every day.
And so it is. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
“End bullying, eradicate violence, avert teen suicide, empower and support and enhance self-worth and make dreams come true. We do that with the power of acknowledgment in a minute or less.”
Some Topics we talk about in this episode:
- Introduction – 0:43
- The Story of the Blue Ribbon – 5:06
- How Can You Play a Part in Making a Big Difference – 14:54
- A Story About the Impact of the Blue Ribbon – 19:23
- Three Reasons Why You Matter So Much – 22:55
- Sparky and Chicken Soup for the Soul – 27:04
- Receiving Love to Give Love – 29:31
- How Sparky Lives the I HAVE TODAY Way – 34:08
- Wrap-up and Takeaways – 36:10
How to get involved
- Help Grandma Sparky reach her dream of honoring 1 billion individuals. Visit blueribbons.org to learn more about this movement, read testimonials, and order ribbons to honor friends, family, co-workers, children, etc.
- For a FREE 15-minute coaching session with Sparky, email her at email@example.com.
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