What the World Needs Now....
Updated: Apr 9
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.
I think love is one of the most basic of human needs, and it should be the one thing that guides us in everything we do. Love others, love ourselves, spread love not hate. I mean can you imagine how different the world would be if we all just did this, each and every day?
I started looking through my phone at pictures through the past year, and was really touched by the images that depicted what I feel is the true meaning of love. Each of these acts of kindness, in and of themselves, may not seem huge. But put them all together, and it's pretty cool to see what an impact just a few acts of kindness can bring to others.
Take a peek --
The Kendra Scott jewelry stores in Kansas City did several fund raisers for The Healing Chair this year, including gifting us with 250 pieces of jewelry that we were able to give to recipients on deliveries!
My mother-in-law and her friend, both Chi-O alums, flew to Alabama and surprised my daughter at her Chi-O initiation! I know this effort and act of love will always be a great memory for Bailey!
My friend Allyson Ellis, who owns the Smallcakes Cupcakery in Olathe, KS, has donated several pink cupcakes to our Healing Chair recipients. This is her cute daughter Brooke with a box ready to surprise a woman going through breast cancer.
Love this so much!
My company always does the right thing for communities in need. In 2017, Rodan + Fields donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. I'm so proud to work for a company that at it's core, is all about making the world a better place.
My sweet daughter shared the love for her momma on her snapchat story, celebrating my 9 years of being cancer-free!
That surely made this momma's day! Thanks sweetie!
My friend Sara and her son helped with a Healing Chair delivery during the summer. Just when we were there to shower the recipient with love and support, she welcomed us into her home with the sweetest heart-shaped note and homemade cookies! And they were delicious.
These darling college girls and Kanakuk counselors pour their heart into each of the kids they lead during the 1 or 2 weeks they spend with them. What an amazing group of young women to be role models for our kids!
In June, thanks to my friends and many others who posted makeup-free selfies tagged #RFGoNaked, my company donated $561,000 in contributions to the Rodan + Fields® Prescription for Change® (PFC) Foundation to serve youth through empowerment programs where they live.
This nice man approached me at the grocery store this summer and asked me the meaning of my "Fight Dirty" shirt. When I shared the story about my friend Cara Haddad, who was battling stage 4 breast cancer, and we were all rallying around her to "Fight Dirty", he stopped and prayed with me for Cara, right in the middle of the aisle.
The sweetest little pup, Mimi, taking a little snooze in a pile of heart-shaped pillows made by my friend and a group of middle school and high school kids. These went on to bless several of our Healing Chair recipients.
I happened to be in Las Vegas just 3 days after the concert shooting had occurred. We had the opportunity to visit the memorial that had grown to be an amazing display and outpouring of love and grief. It was surreal. This sign really stuck with me, and reminded me again how important it is, to just love one another.
The last story I'll leave you with, is about our good friends who lost their precious 17-year old son to suicide in June. Nothing can ever bring their son back, and the pain will never go away. But we can do our part to love them, and to make a difference going forward. Chad loved others unconditionally, but struggled with allowing others to unconditionally love him. The love that has showed up for this family, is nothing short of remarkable. From the vigil at the high school immediately after his passing, the Speak Up walk to raise awareness for this epidemic that is plaguing our community, to the Keep The Spark Alive Foundation that Chad's family has created in his memory, it's all a testament of how deeply we need to love, and to feel loved.
There is a lot of love in the world. We just have to look for it, and make sure we become it.