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  My name is Marci Quinn
and I grew up in Southing-
ton, graduating Southington
High School in 1998. Since
then, I have worked over
a decade in advertising in
New York City and now as a
stay-at-home mom on Long
Island. My own awakening
to the power of kindness, has
evolved throughout the past
few years where I have been
active in distributing neces-
sity bags to the homeless
in New York City. Witness-
ing the power of love and
kindness firsthand through
these efforts has inspired
me to write my first book, A
Teen’s Spirit: Changing the
World Through Love and Kindness (now available on Amazon) in hopes of helping today’s youth find hope, joy, peace and purpose in this world.
This book combines universal spiritual lessons based on love and kindness and high- lights simple ways to make a positive change in the world. It is a beautifully illustrated, full color book with inspirational activities, people, quotes, recipes, poems, and music lyrics. The message that shines throughout the book is that love, kindness, and doing the right thing (no matter what) can lead to a beautiful, purposeful, joy-filled life.
While we can’t control everything that is go- ing on in the world, there are simple ways teens can help foster a more empowered perspective. Using our God-given gifts and talents, letting our voices be heard, and choosing love over fear are not only important during these times, they are necessary. These ideas and insights can help our youth use this time for transforming them- selves and the world at the same time:
We are all born with special gifts and talents. The reason we have these gifts is so that we can use them to make the world a better place. Take some time to focus on what it is that makes you
unique, or what makes you feel happiness and joy. Are you great in the garden? Grow vegetables and donate them to food banks. If art is your passion, create pieces that inspire love and hope. Are you an animal lover? There’s no better time to adopt and volunteer to walk shelter pups. Look for ways to share your gifts with the world for good.
Stand up for what you believe in. Now, more than ever, we need to choose to be heard when it comes to issues that are important to us. Being silent is only let- ting problems perpetuate.
You can use the means you have available to en- act positive change. By voting, supporting non- profit organizations that promote civil justice, and not shying away from discussing what you believe in, you can make a difference. Take any opportunity you are given to stand up for what’s right.
Choose love and forgiveness towards every- one. If we could understand that everything any- one says or does is either coming from a place of love or from a place of fear, we wouldn’t have to judge or punish others for their mistakes. When people act on fear, it manifests through anger, resentment, jealousy, and distrust. So, someone who is acting irrationally is really just scared and what they really need is someone to offer them love when they need it most. By not seeing guilt in others and choosing empathy instead, we will feel peace within ourselves. Focus only on the positive in others and yourself and let the rest go. Love that is given and received is really all that matters.
Marci Quinn is the author of the book, A Teen’s Spirit: Changing the World Through Love and Kindness. The book is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1735186309.
 Marci Quinn
SouthingtonMag.com
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