Special Feature: Be: A Collection of Love with Friends to Inspire a Kindness Evolution by Dawn Witt
Return to a world where people are free to be as they are, unshackled from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind, so they can remember who they are: human beings, bound together by their commonalities, by the highs and lows of life, and by that one salve we can offer each other. Empathy. Dawn Witte reminds us of the quintessential goodness that lies within us with Be: A Collection of Love with Friends to Inspire a Kindness Evolution.
This isn’t a sappy pile of poems, it’s a pushback against the cynicism of the times, the bleakness that seems to be the norm, and fuel for the fire within us all, that drive us to meet each day with determination. Witte shows us what the stakes are, what we’re struggling for, and what we should always remember. That there is still goodness in this world. There always will be. Within us and those around us. And it’s there, just waiting for us to seize it.
So let’s. Let us be kind. To ourselves and each other. Witte’s writings offer sage advice on sparking this kindness evolution. In Be… she shows how the number seven can guide readers in unlocking happiness. It recurs across countless mystical and spiritual practices: from Buddhism’s Seven Factors of Enlightenment; to mentions in the Bible, Koran and Torah; the Baha'i faith's Seven Valleys, and so on.
“If one sees the number seven everywhere it is believed to mean that one is to forge ahead and ascend to perfection. In numerology, the number seven is the seeker, the thinker, and the searcher of Truth. Seven knows that nothing is exactly as it seems, and that reality is often hidden behind illusions,” Witte states.
“Perhaps one of the biggest lessons we can learn from the number 7 is that what we ALL have in common are far greater than what may appear to BE different. Universal Principles, or Universal Truths, Know no particular race, creed, religion, ethnicity, gender, age, or demographic.”
Thus, Witte encourages readers to go beyond their divisions and differences, to embrace each other and help one another stride on through life. The kindness evolution cannot be done alone; it is a path that we must blaze with each other. And to do this, we must BE embodiments of seven words: genuine, loving, strong, grateful, inspired, kind, and happy. She says that with this, we really can change the world. It begins with ourselves, then to those around us, and goes on further without end―like an entire universe, being born and expanding across the infinite.
Note from the Author
“ To be or not to be? Good question.
Here's another: What if we all chose to be what we wish to see in the world? What would we see? Imagine if everyone decided to come from a place of love, where helping one another and kindness were their currency. A place where we all understood that we are all in this together and that there is far more we can accomplish by joining forces rather than existing only for ourselves. This world may sound like a fanciful utopia, but it doesn't have to be. We all have the power, within ourselves, to make the world a brighter, more hopeful place.
The secret to happiness is not much of a mystery at all. Many great thinkers and leaders understood this. We remember the words of people like Buddha, Jesus, Mother Teresa, Socrates, Plato, Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, and so many others, because they lived lives of love for all of humanity. They understood universal truths and lived their lives inspiring others through their words and their deeds. This is why we know their names. This is why we remember and revere them, long after they have departed from this earth.
When this life ends, as it will for all of us one day, what will we be remembered for? What memories do we want those who love us to hold and cherish? How many lives will we have touched while we were here? Will we have touched those lives in love or in something else? What am I going to put out into the world? These are questions I ask myself often. I think they are good ones to ponder.
There is no question that we cannot receive without giving. I also understand that helping others nourishes the soul. I will continue to look at the world through my love-colored lenses. It is a wonderful world, and I love every moment--even the difficult ones. Strive to be these seven words every single day. Some days we may feel like we do not have the energy to be even one of them, but try anyway. When we give a little bit of ourselves to others each day, expecting nothing in return, what we find is that there is, in fact, a return ― a huge and beautiful return in your heart. It works. It really does. ”
Reviews & What Readers Say
“Dawn has written a masterful and moving book on the powerful simplicity of LOVE. Her words of wisdom are grounded in her true experience of living a life from love, and she shares how each and every one of us can experience true fulfillment and happiness every day from who we choose to BE.”
—Laura J. Swan, MA, Women's Transformational Coach, Author, and Leadership Mentor
“Dawn Witte is a fiercely passionate & driven woman, fueled by grace & an infinite source of uncoditional love. Her level of commitmentto serve our world as an extrordinary light & educator of awareness is phenomenal. Dawn is not only willing to do the work of a Saint, her life is thriving becauseof it. I adore the way she delights in service. She lights up the cosmos with her brilliance by taking action & truly healing lives.”
— Ali Mae Thompson, Light Worker, Healing Artist, Kundalini Yoga Instructor
"I finished your amazingly lovely book! I loved it and it was so uplifting and inspiring. I had it in my car this past weekend and my friend, who had a rough day, picked it up and just absolutely adored your book and fell in love with it. Anyways, just thought I'd let you know and thank you for sharing your book with me!"
— Kevin P, California
This book is amazing. It has quotes that touch so many parts of our lives. I will use it as a guide to remind me of blessings!
— Nancy S, Florida
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Dawn Airhart Witte is the Founder and Director of the Desire to Inspire Foundation, the co-founder of I Give On The Givers Marketplace, a Life Mastery Consultant with the Life Mastery Institute, an international speaker, philanthropist, humanitarian, and author of the book, “Be…” 25% of the Be Tour and Be Tour Product proceeds will be donated to the Desire to Inspire Foundation. (www.desiretoinspirefoundation.org)
Being a mom is her proudest role and title. Because of the great love for children she started the Desire to Inspire Foundation which provides children around the world with a mother’s love and care. A philanthropist from an early age, Dawn’s company I Give On, began with her passion for fundraising and the nonprofit sector, while supporting businesses and artists who generously donate to worthy causes. Her steadfast resolve in eradicating hunger and extreme poverty is one of her greatest passions and driving forces. Her lifelong appreciation for community involvement earned her the honor of the Glendal News Press’s “One of the 103 Most Influential People in the Foothills.” Dawn served two terms as Public Works Commissioner for the City of La Canada Flintridge, California, and two terms as President of the National Charity League-Los Angeles Founder Chapter (NCL-LA). Raising her daughters, Taylor and Carrington, is her proudest accomplishment. She is currently working on her second book, “Two Be…”