I thought it very timely that a good friend sent me this article this morning and we had a conversation on the topic- talking about how sometimes all it takes is a few words to suddenly open someone's eyes.
I have had the privilege of having several people enter my life that have guided my foot steps gently and a few that have very forcefully given me a good shove in the right direction. (Thank you Nicole).
Some of the gentle guidance came from people posting a simple message on social media or a forum. The first one I remember very clearly, was a woman who I barely knew posted a comment on a parenting forum that said "Do you know that there is antifreeze and formaldehyde in infant vaccines?" To this day I can remember the stunned feeling I had when I read that. I immediately raced to the computer to look it up, mostly to refute it, and there is was..... confirmation from several sources that yes indeed those toxic chemicals are in infant and children's vaccines. That lead me to researching other ingredients, and discovering other articles.... it steam rolled from there.
I started researching everything on that very day, and I haven't stopped since then. People have come along who've pushed me farther and faster, who've challenged my scope of view, who've forced me to question the limits I put on myself and the things that I thought were absolute truths. I do not have even the smallest piece of anger or malice towards those people, no matter how painful some of the discoveries were.
Here's the thing: would I be here today if some person I hardly knew hadn't of had the balls to post that information about vaccines? What if that person had been too shy? Or didn't want to stir the pot?
Yes, given the fact that I'm damn sure my reason for being here at this moment in time is to be on this roller coaster ride, I probably would of woken up sooner or later, but.......?
Here's the thing, waking up the sleepers doesn't mean you have scream at them and shake them so hard that they fall out of bed and give themselves a concussion! It can mean just sticking your head in their room and quietly calling their name. It can mean gently tapping them on the shoulder and telling them it's time to get up....
If your buddy has slept through his alarm clock and is going to be late for work, wouldn't you rather at least attempt to wake him up, instead of shrugging and walking away? .... if he throws the alarm clock at you and rolls over and goes back to sleep, that's his choice. You made the effort to help him.
As for me, I'm a loud mouth knowitall (ask my friends, they'll tell you). When I know a truth, I have to share it. I'm gentle. I'm not pushy (much). And if someone throws the alarm clock at me, I will just walk away and let them sleep. (for now). But I cannot just ignore the fact that my friend has slept in too long. Maybe I'm just a walking alarm clock. Maybe that's my job. I don't know. I just know that I let my gut guide me as much as possible.
We all have a job to do here. Wayshowers light the way. There is no greater light than truth in my opinion.