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Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone for the Love of Others

by Guest blogger on September 17, 2010 · 9 comments

Hi! I’m Shell, from Percolating Practice, and I’m guest posting here.  I’m so thankful that SomeGirl is giving me the chance to share with you a little about showing love. A chance to share, as she would say, about ‘fraddling’– showing love by doing something for someone else. Not for your own gain, but just because you love them.

Think about all the ways there are to show love.  A hug.  A kiss.  A love note.  A smile.  A kind deed.  A selfless gesture.  The list could go on and on!

Right now, I’m working on showing love in a Really Big Way.  And I’m stepping out, way out, of my comfort zone to do it. I’m putting together a team for my local Relay for Life.   Want to know who I’m showing that love to? Well, honestly, I can’t say.  No, really.  I don’t know exactly.  But I do know that they (whatever their names are) need this love.  And they need it in a Really Big Way.  Why?  Because they are the people who are battling cancer, —–WAIT!!  Don’t go!  I know you just heard the Big C word and you’re about to leave.  Stick with me, please.  I promise this is about love and celebration and hope, not depressing stuff, although it is born of a depressing thing…— I’m showing love for people who are now fighting, have survived, or who will be diagnosed with the disease.  Want to put a number on that?  1 in 3 of us.  ONE in THREE of us will hear the words, “You have cancer” in our lifetime. That is a big scary number.  So I’m doing something big.  I’m “showing the love, baby.”  I’m putting together a team for my local Relay for Life.  (Click here to find our more about Relay for LIfe, by the American Cancer Society.)

Did you know that you can show love by staying up until 6 a.m.?  That’s what SomeGirl and I, and the rest of our team, will be doing on October 2nd.   We will be staying up all night, taking turns walking, because the disease never sleeps. We’ll walk.  Talk. Camp-out. For 12 hours. Have a ton of fun.  Walk. Take turns manning our booth/campsite.  Shop the silent auction. Walk some more.  Remember and celebrate hope with the luminaria ceremony. Walk again. Buy some things. Play some video games. Eat some snacks. Say howdy to some Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.  Walk some more. Have a rockin’ good time and kick cancer’s @$%, all while showing love for people who really, truly need it.

Showing love to people I’ve never met….I am so excited about this!  Relay is an event that sounds depressing from the outside, but if you’ve ever been to one you know you find hope and courage, and amazing strengths there.  It’s an upbeat, incredibly positive event.  And it’s just full of love. (I encourage you to check out a Relay near you. You can click that link above to find one, and you can check out a local Relay for Life without having to be on a team…) Our team is named ‘Crazy for a Cure’… Because that 1 in 3 number is just crazy.  Together, we can change that number and make it less scary.  If we pour enough love onto it, we can smother that crazy number right out of existence.  Wouldn’t that be lovely?

Like I said earlier, I’m stepping out on a limb.  Doing something I’ve never done.  Stepping out on faith that I can conquer my insecurities, gather people for a team, raise money, organize our fund-raising at the event, decorate our campsite, keep everyone motivated and having fun.  Did I mention that I am an extreme introvert?  This team captain thing is just NOT my natural inclination.  Which shows you how much passion I have for this. How much LOVE is pouring out of me for this mission.  How much could we all do together if we just STOOD UP, went out on a limb, and showed the world our love?  People, we could move mountains!

FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD…. What if we truly returned that love?  How are you showing the world your love?  Make the world a better place.  Find something and pour your heart and love into it.

Note: I wrote this post to encourage you to find a way to show love to the world, not to solicit donations.  However, if you feel so inclined to show your love by donating to our Relay team, you can do so here, and all donations are 100% tax deductible.  Thanks!  –Shell

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My PhotoShell is a happily married mom to 2 crazy little boys. She blogs at Percolating Practice about seeking balance in life, tweets @2BeStill, and is the creator of the Goodbye Junk Challenge. She’s a good  friend, good neighbor and an all around GREAT person to know!

Thank you, Shell! I knew you were the right person for Fraddling Friday! ♥

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{ 9 comments }

Sherry

How awesome is that?! Cancer is something that usually touches everyone’s life whether you have it, have a family member that has it, a friend that has it, etc. Thank you for participating and showing love! :)

michelle

Hi Shell! I participated in a Relay for Life and it was a really fun experience. The luminaries and memorial service was so touching. What a wonderful thing you are doing! I hope you raise lots of money! Thanks for sharing about it, m :)

Shell

Thanks, Michelle & Sherry! Relay really is a fun way to spread some love around. :)

aplaceforthoughts

It is so true that cancer affects each of us. What a great thing that you guys are doing! I’ll be thinking of you on the 2nd!

Shell – this is a great reminder to stand up for something that is important to us. We can think about it, pray about it, etc but how many of us actually DO something about it?!? What a great post to encourage others to do so.

Shell

Thanks, Place! What a lovely comment. That’s what I’m hoping to do… encourage others to take action. Thanks for reading and taking the time to leave a comment!

Betsy Henry zen-mama.com

Shell,
Great post! Giving love to people we don’t even know…don’t you wish the whole world would do that even for a just a day. I think cancer has affected everyone in some form or another. Great job you all for doing something about it!

Angela Mackey

My husband is a cancer doctor. I am a nurse who used to work for a hematologist. I love relay for life and other things like it. Thank you for making more people more aware.

Shell

Betsy,
You’re so right! Wouldn’t the world be lovelier if we would all show more love for those we don’t know? Thanks for such a lovely comment!

Angela,
Thank you for all you and your husband do in caring for your patients. My father-in-law is a retired cancer doc as well, and I have a good friend who is an oncology nurse. I know what tough jobs those are…. I appreciate you doing them! Thank you for taking the time to leave your sweet comment, too.

Ashley Pichea

What an incredible expression of love for those you don’t even know! Thanks for standing up to cancer and supporting those fighting this disease!

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