“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within”

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Have you ever met someone that is literally glowing? Someone who looks like they bathe in all that is sparkles and glitter? For me, this person is Aaron. The man is literally a ray of sunshine, always beaming light to anyone who has the privilege of being graced by his presence. He 100% lights up any room he walks into and you cannot help but light up through his infectious joy.

Sure… sometimes it rains in the world of Aaron, but the sun still shines. You know exactly what I’m talking about, that perfect summer down pour on a perfectly sunny day. It never seems to make sense yet you can’t take your eyes off the phenomena. Aaron is that phenomena, he continues to shine in the darkest of storms.

I have always been super curious as to how this is humanely possible. How can one not be affected by the troubles of the world? How does one shield off other’s negativity? I decided to take some time to reflect on how Aaron shines from within, I found that there are a few things that he does consistently in order to maintain the strength of his light.

Here are a few of the things that I found Aaron does on a daily basis:

1.) Appreciate any and everything that brings you joy. No, Aaron is not sitting down nightly writing out a gratitude list or even taking the time to consciously reflect on it before he retires at night. (If you have the discipline for that practice, more power to ya!) He is living in the appreciation for all that brings him joy in every single moment. This is something attainable to us all, living each and every moment with the appreciation of all that is going well for us. Focusing on what we have rather than what we do not have.

2.) Connection – All day, every day, Aaron is constantly looking to connect with family and friends. He texts/calls/facetimes every member of our immediate family at least once a day (sometimes every hour on the hour).

3.) “Aaron Time”, while he loves to connect with everyone he adores, he also does not underestimate the value in some solid “me time”. He can listen to his gut when it is telling him to step away and take a moment to himself. Daily, he takes the time to recharge his battery by doing something he enjoys in solidarity.

4.) Follows a healthy routine: of course, with a little spontaneity here and there. He does the same thing day in and day out. This removes any opportunity for the unknown, which is super scary for all of us!

5.) Lastly and debatably most importantly, Aaron’s joy for life is driven internally. While the external pleasures of the world are always a much welcomed bonus, he lights up the brightest when he feels joy, peace, connection, love, and much much more.

While I do not know nor will I ever know what it is truly like to be in the mind of Aaron, I can take solace in the fact that through being in his presence I am exposed to something miraculous. I am exposed to the power of gratitude, connection, self-care, routine, and internal happiness. I will never know which one of these is the “magic key” to shining from within. However, I can find comfort in knowing that if I just try my very best to practice all five of these things I have a shot at glowing like the dude.

Sounds simple enough right?

Seeing the similarities over the differences is the heart’s greatest ability.

The Haircut

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!

 

The story that I will be sharing with you this week comes from a man named Jack. Jack is a dear family friend who reached out to my father a few weeks ago with a story he felt moved enough to share. Needless to say, I was thrilled, this is exactly what I envisioned when starting The Heart Ability. A platform for any and everyone to share their experiences with Aaronand any human being with extraordinary abilities. I reached out to Jack immediately after I gained the knowledge that he had something he wanted to share. I was met with kindness and compassion from someone who’s life was touched by Aaron. The story brought tears and chills because it reinforced the simple fact that Aaron has SO much to share with this world. Rather than try to put this story into my own words, I have chosen to leave Jack’s email exactly how it arrived in my inbox.

 

Now… let me get out of the way, I present to you, Jack’s Story

 

(The following came directly from Jack)
I have many memories of Aaron, and I always smile when I think of him.

 

One memory has stayed with me … even though it has been more than 10 years ago.
It was late on a Friday afternoon. Your Dad and I were at the office, where we had working together to solve a complicated issue.

 

As we were about to leave, he said that he and Aaron were going to do one of Aaron’s favorite things … get a haircut together.

 

He asked if I’d like to join them. I said, “Yes – that would be fun”.

 

When we arrived, it was a salon, rather than a traditional men’s barber shop.   As the three of us entered, a woman in her mid-twenties greeted Aaron.  He gave her a 1000 watt smile and they were both clearly happy he was there.  He was eager to get started with his haircut, and they had a laughing conversation as she cut his hair.

 

Soon, it was Dad’s turn for a haircut. Aaron came to sit next to me, and was eager to strike up a conversation wth me.

 

I was struck by thedeep spark inside of Aaron to be sociable, and positive, and I loved thegenuineness of his behavior.  Aaron was enthusiastic, living in a moment of happiness, and inviting me to do the same.

 

After a long week of working on knotty problems, I felt like I was being welcomed to the ‘happy, easy, fun place’.  It felt like Aaron’s gift to me.

 

When it was my turn for a haircut, Aaron was excited for me, and told me, “I hope that you like it as much as I do!”  I laughed … I had never seen someone enjoy a haircut as much as Aaron did.  It was contagious.  Living in the moment and savoring it.

 

So, this memory of Aaron reminds me of the joy of finding pleasure in the simple things in life, and living in the moment.

 

Even more, I appreciated the depth of his his desire to connect with others, and how naturally he did so.  I commented to your Dad afterwards that I can see that Aaron is surrounded by a family with a positive, generous spirit – people who love him as he is, and savor sharing a life with him.

 

It was fun to be invited into that experience, too!

 

-Jack L. 2017

 

WOW!!! Anyone else completely moved by Jack’s story? I know I was and still am.

 

This story reminds me of what I love most about Aaron, his ability to find absolute joy in the simple things. It is all too easy to get wrapped up in the materialistic things or the troubles of the world. May this be a friendly reminder to pause, take a deep breath, and enjoy the little things in your life. The little things are what ultimately add up to be the big things. The “big things” being the feelings we experience when we are simply living. Recognizing and appreciating the simple things is the recipe for a life worth living. I encourage anyone reading this to find joy in the simple things over the next few days. Maybe take a moment to make a gratitude list, nothing fancy, simply take a mental inventory of all that is good in your life. Share this joy with somebody near or far, just share it. Share the joy for living. It is easy to get wrapped up in the cycle of “when I have this I will be happy or when this happens I will be happy”, what if you knew that everything that could bring you happiness was within reach? Connect with others about life’s simple pleasures. When we choose to share this joy for life with others, we give them permission to do the same. The ripple effect is fantastic. Thank you Jack, from the most sincere part of my heart for your willingness to share your experience.

 

I am looking for anyone who has been directly impacted by the infinite wisdom of an individual with extraordinary abilities. If you have a story you feel called to share please email me at theheartability@gmail.com

 

Seeing the similarities over the differences is the heart’s greatest ability. 
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