It’s Monday and you know what that means….A brand new Friends of Ebonie post! YAY! It was finals week last week and let’s just say my life wasn’t mine. 🙂 But I’m back now and happy to be here. 🙂 LOL!
Speaking of….We’re all 21st century savvy and know what LOL means, right? Laughing out loud, you say? Wrong. I learned from Marketing expert and Personal branding ambassador, Melissa Dawn Johnson, that LOL has been remixed to mean Loving Out Loud. Melissa wrote a very inspiring piece for HuffPost Living last week about L-O-Ling…and the need we all have to do it more often. Since reading the article, I’ve made conscious efforts to incorporate her LOL three-step program into my daily habits. I must say, personally, loving out loud feels awesome! In fact, I’ve been happy to discover NYers aren’t as mean as we all think. We smile back at one another! #ftw
What I found most interesting about Melissa’s principles is how we can incorporate L-O-Ling into our community work. How? Well since you asked, here are Melissa’s principles applied the Friends of Ebonie way:
1. Substitute kindness: Instead of sending a check to support an organization, get busy and volunteer. Summer is a GREAT time to get active in your community. Nice, warm weather is inspiration enough to get up on a Saturday morning and volunteer a few hours at a summer youth program. Take a look at the NY Cares or VolunteerMatch sites to see where you best fit.
2. Just because: That’s right, for no reason at all just say hello. You know I’m HUGE on fostering healthy relationships with donors and supporters. So this week send a card to simply say hello and wish your best champions a great week. It’s the least you can do.
3. Random acts of love: Take the time to acknowledge those around you. We get so busy sometimes we simply forget to smile at the people we see everyday. The first thing that pops into my mind are the homeless of NYC. While they may seem annoying on your ‘relaxing’ subway ride home, they are people too. In fact, some of them have the most interesting stories. Take a moment to smile and say hello. On your way home today, stop at that Au Bon Pain and get a muffin for the homeless guy you see day in and day out. It will make him smile and warm your heart to see how appreciative he is.
(Check out the original article at HuffPost Living.)
So, that’s it! If I may borrow from the great philosopher, Biggie Smalls, Spread love it’s the Brooklyn way!