I use to think it was a curse to feel things so deeply.
I use to be told from my family and friends to stop wearing my heart on my sleeve, and that it will only make me sad and upset very easily and make it hard to let things go.
And at some point, I even believed them.
I know they were only looking out for my best interests but I realized that there was absolutely nothing wrong with feeling that sensitivity to things and people around me.
This gift was what made me make the best decisions in my life. It guided me in standing firm for what I believed in and have faith in walking against the crowd when I knew what I was doing and how I was feeling was right.
It constructed two of the things I cherish and love most about myself — my integrity and loyalty.
It’s called compassion. In essence, it’s what makes us human.
In a world where pain can draw hate and make you bitter so easily and where jealousy can turn friends into enemies, I try to teach my children each day the powerful ripple effect compassion can bring.
My husband and I strongly believe that we are the greatest role models to our children and that we lead my example. Since before they were born, we have participated in plenty of charitable events in church and in our community. We felt very blessed for everything we had and only felt it in our hearts to share that with those that were less fortunate.
I remember when I lent my listening ears and warm shoulders in hugs as a volunteer after work and on some weekends at a program in an extremely rough neighbourhood for young girls that were pregnant and didn’t have the support, both emotionally and financially, that they needed. It was a truly eye-opening experience for me.
To some of the outside world, they would see these young girls very differently.
They allowed these girls to believe that their mistakes would define them and shape their future.
These were sweet, smart and lovely young ladies that didn’t have the guidance or support they needed at really hard times in their adolescence. Some looking for love in the wrong places because they didn’t get enough of it at home. It was gratifying to be able to help build their confidence again and remind them of how amazing they were and that the sky was the limit!
As parents now, we want to continue to demonstrate this to our children.
Now that they’re getting older, we plan to involve them a whole lot more in charitable events.
My daughter is at that precious age where she has so many relevant questions about the world around her and the inner workings of the human heart.
She has been a victim to bullying for a short time in the start of her school year and has seen it around her.
She has curiously gazed at the homeless during our visits downtown and instantly had a million questions ready for me.
To help guide their path, strengthen their social conscience, and to help upgrade their world one of the things we did is sponsor a young, sweet pre-schooler by the name of Vanesa in Colombia.
I loved seeing my kids eyes light up when they get letters back complete with adorable drawings from their new friend across the world. It allows them to come back down from the narcissistic cloud that society has built around them.
Recently, I learned of a wonderful initiative that Microsoft is doing to give back and to help upgrade our world.
This initiative is led by their vision to help people achieve more through technology and in celebration of the Windows 10 launch.
Today, Microsoft will begin rolling out Windows 10 – a new operating system that empowers people of action to do great things. Anyone using Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Phone can upgrade to Windows 10, which is a free upgrade for the first year after launch and will continue to be supported for the lifetime of the device, at no cost.
Windows 10 is the Windows you know and love, only better. It brings back familiar features like the Start menu and adds new features like Microsoft Edge, Continuum, and coming to Canada in the fall, Cortana.
To mark the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft announced that they will help 10 global and 100 local non-profits to achieve greatness by investing more than $10 million in cash and technology investments, and today they’re announcing that they are bringing the spirit of that campaign to Canada.
Microsoft will mark the launch of Windows 10 by celebrating the people and organizations who upgrade the world every day – and by helping them do more in their communities. Using the hashtag #UpgradeYourWorld, tell @WindowsCanada about the people or groups in your community who are empowering others to do great things. Or join the conversation and tell Microsoft how you would upgrade your world. Microsoft will bring a few of these ideas to life in the coming months.
“There’s never been a better time to make a difference in the world.”
I’m looking forward to seeing the new Windows 10 and the many innovations it will bring to the world!