Dare boldly

A blog by Louise Gallagher

Be a vessel of peace. Be a champion of joy. Be Love.


When I go to take my C-train ticket out of the dispenser, I discover there is one in the tray already. “Oh no!” I think. “Someone has forgotten to take their ticket.”

I don’t want them to risk getting a fine if they’re caught on the train without a ticket so I walk up and down the platform asking people if the ticket is theirs.

No one claims it but one woman tells me, “It’s a thing. I heard people are just buying tickets and leaving them in the slot for someone else to get a free ride.”

Oh! I love the idea but now, what am I to do? I’ve got two tickets in my hand.

Eureka! I’ll pay it forward.

I walk back to the dispensing machine and place the ticket I just bought into the slot and keep the found one. It expires sooner.

I smile all the way home.

People can be so encouraging, so kind, so inspiring.

Later, I take Beaumont to the off leash area for his walk. While picking up after him, I see some dog deposits left by another owner. I consciously keep my thoughts on how I can be of service and clean up the poop.

As Val wrote the other day, when we meet violence with violence, or in this case, when my thoughts are negative, I create more of what I don’t want in the world.

I want to create a world of love, joy, harmony, peace.

I must be that which I want to create in the world. I must think thoughts that shine into the darkness. I must do the things that open doors that lead to better.

I must be the inspiration I seek. Feel the hope I desire. Breathe into the joy I want to create all around me.

Today, as you go about your day, I invite you to take every opportunity the world presents to create better. Hold a door open for the person behind you. Smile at a stranger. Ask someone how you can help. Listen with a soft heart. Hear with an open mind.

You may think they are only acts of small significance, but small acts create big waves when they ripple out to touch other hearts to repeat them, again and again.

If you feel a negative thought creeping into your thinking, shine a light of hope and possibility on it. Don’t let ‘the ugly’ steal your peace of mind.

Be a vessel of peace. Be a champion of joy. Be Love.


Author: Louise Gallagher

I believe in wonder. I believe we are all magnificent beings of divine beauty. I believe we can make a difference in this world, through every act, word, thought. I believe we create ripples with everything we do and say and want to inspire everyone to use their ripple to create a better world for everyone. I'm grateful you're here.

17 thoughts on “Be a vessel of peace. Be a champion of joy. Be Love.

  1. some vessels sail through the water, smooth or choppy

    some vessels sit in the harbour gathering barnacles and rusting

    being a vessel means we can haul a load

    we need more vessels hauling, helping

    but we need a destination, don’t we? otherwise the journey seems more like a ‘one hour cruise’ rather than a life-affirming voyage of purpose


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  2. LOL, it’s free coffee week at 7-11, so I’ve gotten one as I have been out and about… and the other day, love must have been in the air because none of us could get through the door or to our cars as we were all holding the door for each other and happily waiting for everyone else to safely get in their car. It was so comical and uplifting at the same time! It was neat to see an entire group of people of all types making sure to be the change we want to see, sharing smiles and just spreading joy! Love this post!

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  3. … some sail smoothly through water at high speed, some are built for beauty, some are built for work (tugs, barges) and right now I’m think about a tune … the Sloop John B …

    have a great day – your a vessel christened ‘The Louise’

    happy sailing


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  4. Haha — and now I can’t get that tune out of my mind! 🙂


  5. Lovely idea. And something we should do everyday.

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  6. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful….I LOVE IT!!! I know how true this is and, Louise…sometimes all it takes is a smile to change the energy and brighten someone’s day! I know that energy is a living thing and we all have the power to create better…to change it from negative to positive!! Thank you for this blessing today!! Much love ❤ ❤

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  7. It sometimes scares me how much you and I are on the same wavelength! 😎

    I’m just about to write for this week in s very related space… thanks for the added inspiration!

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  8. That Mark guy always challenges you but you always meet the challenge! Oh Louise you truly are an invigorator!

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  9. Great post Louise … and a reminder to keep paying it forward and adding love to our own space in the world. xo

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  10. Wonderful advice, Louise … I’m going to try to keep it in mind as I go about the rest of my day.


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