January 3, 2013
Someone referred to me as kind the other day and my initial reaction was “wow, I thought he loved me.” Amazing how this world’s misuse of words and acts can change things (he does love me) . . . but this quote says it so well:
Genuine kindness is no ordinary act,
but a gift of rare beauty.
- Sylvia Rosetti -
December 16, 2012
Our priest told a great sermon today. God wants to give us the best. We need empty hands and we don’t always leap eagerly to relinquishing our hold on our stuff in order for Him to be able to give us what more and better He has. “It’s simple.” God will help us . . . we can turn to Him with our fears . . . change . . . it is scary sometimes, but oh, when we let Him work through us and fill us with His grace . . . we can. Favorite quote from the sermon? “Even an acorn can find a way to roll down the street.” As I read the following quote, the changes God can help us with . . . the “yes, but what can I do” and the “my small effort . . . will it really matter?” Those thoughts all came together with a resounding Yes I can make a difference!
I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go. - Rachel Joy Scott -
Let’s do this, shall we? Not just for ourselves. . . let’s do it for the children!
November 21, 2012
Did you ever see a movie and later hear some folks talking about how dreadful it was and quietly think “but, I loved that movie!” I have. The Lord’s grace and blessings are all around us and His generous outpouring on us is constant. We have only to be open to receive. The bad things in life are still near, but He is nearer! So, which story do you choose to tell? Which story do you choose to see? Which story do you choose to live? Your choice is life changing, for those around you and for you! Be the positive and empowering “changer for the Lord” in this world, won’t you?
Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. - Chimamanda Adichie -
November 13, 2012
Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your modus operandi and change your world. - Annie Lennox -
When I read this quote I made a face . . . wrinkled up nose, raised eye brows . . . you get the picture. Thought “oh, yuck . . . greeting card sentiment.” Then I got that very familiar nudge to reevaluate. I did so.
Seems, Jesus made kindness and acceptance His modus operandi and he changed the world. Why not me? I can’t really tell you if it by trying to be kind whether I felt it or not changed anyone’s day, but it did change my own. There just might be something to this .. . .
*yes, the greeting card and envelope shown are my own design, original photography, etc.*
October 16, 2012
When we give ourselves to Christ and invite Him to live in us and through us, we are changed in ways we alone never could imagine. Not only that but together we can participate in changing the world for and with Him:
When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too. - Paulo Cohelo -
September 25, 2012
Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love – Mother Teresa -
Think about our lives on a typical day. We don’t change the world. We don’t solve the economic crisis or find a way to world peace, or to cure the common cold. Yet, some do small things with great love as the quote suggests. My late father was one of them. Daddy died a few years back on 9-26 and tomorrow marks the anniversary once more. Daddy never finished school, yet he learned more than most of us by caring to do small things well. He was my hero and not just mine but the hero of most whom he ever met.
Daddy called everyone “Pal” and truly felt everyone was his friend. If anyone was in trouble he’d offer a hand or a word of encouragement. I can recall his going outside and Mom wondering where he’d gone off to. Sometimes, he’d go into the woods and find something to transplant to make the yard look good when Mom looked out the window. Other times he’d hear someone working on a car and grab a few tools and go see if he could help get it started. He was good at that. Didn’t go to fancy schools to learn, but simply bought old cars and learned how they worked and with little money for fancy things or high-priced shops to fix things, he just learned how to do it. He shared what he learned.
He could fix a leaky roof or kitchen sink. He could put a doll’s leg back on when it broke off. He could make a cut on my knee better and dry my tears. He knew just when to pat my shoulder or give a sudden hug. He didn’t know fancy words. He didn’t need them. Not long before his final illness, he and Mom had a “big” anniversary and I made them tee shirts with pictures on them from their wedding day all those decades before. I took them out to dinner at a favorite local place. You know the sort, where everyone knows everyone else? He got up and walked all over the place even into the kitchen so he could show everyone “the shirt my daughter made me.” He pointed to the picture on the front, too. He had Parkinson’s and didn’t move about easily as a rule, but that night he managed. Everyone shared his joy.
At the end he was bed ridden and in the days before he passed, he couldn’t really talk. He couldn’t really do anything anymore. He could barely move at all, yet as Mom and I stood at his bedside, he saw us and did his best to make he weak facial muscles, stiff from the disease, form a smile. I saw Mom’s hand on the side of his bed and noticed him focus on her hand. I saw a look on his face and watched him with great effort slowly nudge that right hand a fraction of an inch at a time and it took quite some time for him to move his hand a few small inches to where her hand lay. He finally made it across the distance and clasped her hand. Twenty minutes to move 3 or 4 inches. ” . . . small things with great love.”
I love you Daddy!
September 22, 2012
We do not often know how our actions impact the lives of others . . . even a simple smile can change the world. Here is a quote for today:
A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves. – Amelia Earhart -
September 11, 2012
Most of us are thinking many things today as we remember what happened not so very long ago on this day. I am at this moment preparing to teach a one-hour creative writing class for 4-7 year olds. I’m sure they’ve been hearing things which are scary to them. Those things we’re hearing scared us, and we are a lot more able to understand such things than the wee ones . . . yet in this case it is hard to comprehend. It is harder still to be unafraid, to be without anger . . . but in my heart I can’t help but think that if the tragedy that happened doesn’t make us try harder to care about all around us, then surely those many many folks will have died in vain. So, what I plan to teach my wee ones today to how to change the world. They will be asked to tell a story of doing kindness one for another. If each one of us focuses on doing something extra and positive to impact the life of just one other living soul in this world, do you realize how huge an impact it will make? Do it. Change the world. We can – just one heart at a time!
August 29, 2012
You can’t lead the people if you don’t love the people. You can’t save the people if you don’t serve the people. – Cornel West -
Our amazing and loving Lord has been trying to write this message on our hearts since He walked this earth in human form and He still is trying to urge, to teach, to command us to love.
If you have picked up a newspaper, turned on the television or radio, or simply walked down any street whether far or near, you cannot deny that we have failed in this . . . it is not “they” who have failed. It is not an undefined “those who walk in darkness” who need to hear this message . . . it is each and every one of us. Regardless of the denomination of the “church” you belong to, you know that we are the body of Christ and that the ultimate message is love yet all too often the message we focus on is one of being judge. God is the judge. We are not. Want to change the world? Reflect His love!
August 19, 2012
There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet. – Brooke Medicine Eagle -
Ms. Eagle has it right! Living from the inside out is the way to go! We are caretakers of this planet and of one-another. If we, as Christians, live out of our spirit and listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, wow, lives will change! We are often so focused on the outside . . . is my hair okay? Gosh, I need extra makeup today, this dress is so outdated, I need to buy brand X shoes . . . these ones I’m wearing from the discount store . . . what will people think. I’m thinking of a man I admire greatly. I am an artist in a number of ways . . . I notice things, but you know what? Beats me what he wears on his feet. Hmmm . . . does he wear socks? Were his pants pressed? Thing is, he reflects Christ and it doesn’t matter whether we’re talking about grocery shopping, about my new glasses, or last night’s television special on . . . I still am keenly aware of his spiritual side. When we live out of that place, it shows in all we do and say.
A lot of folks seem to find things hopeless in the world just now. The economy, the election, the promises of the candidates, that extra weight they want to lose, saving money for a dream vacation or new house, and more. How important these things really are isn’t the point. The point is, when we live out of our deep inner authentic selves and follow the Holy Spirit, it shows and it makes people see life differently. It makes them wonder “what’s she done? Something’s different” and when they ask us, we can share with them. We can relate what is truly important to us. We can give them hope!