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Be A Blessing

Be A BlessingDo you have any idea what a blessing you are?

You may not realize how special you are to the people all around you – even the ones who may never have a chance to know you as a friend.  You can’t imagine how many lives you touch in a single day.

And you probably don’t even realize all the things about you that make you special.  Things that nobody else can be or do quite the same way you can.

It’s a beautiful thing to be you!

But as fast as life speeds by us these days,
we can all use a little reminder now and then
to slow down and let the blessing we are shine through.

When we stop for a moment and think about the people
who made us feel happy in the past week,
what was it they said or did that made us feel so special?
And in what ways would we love to be more like them?

Maybe it was the warmth in their smile.
The sincere compliment they gave us.
A word of encouragement or genuine appreciation they shared.

Maybe they noticed that something was going on with us.
Remembered something that was important to us.
Or gave us a bit more of their time than we knew they really had.

And we felt good.  Noticed.  Appreciated.  And loved.

If there’s a common thread that runs through these types of experiences –
something about these people that makes all the difference to us –
it’s most likely the genuine nature of their kindness.
And the fact that they take the time to share it with us.

So, why not take a few minutes right now
to think about the people you’ll be around this week?
Not just friends and family, but the post office clerk,
the grocery bagger, the person you might stand behind in line…
Even if we don’t know much about someone,
we can think about how life might be for them.
How we might notice them in a special way.
And how we can make a difference in an otherwise-ordinary day.

As Mark Twain noted…
“One compliment can keep me going for a whole month.”
If we’ve been blessed to have good people around us, we know that feeling!

Showing others the kind of genuine interest that makes a difference
can be as simple as this…

Give them a smile.  A moment.  A little extra attention.
Give them the gift of you and the beautiful person you are – inside and out.

Because everybody in our world can use a little blessing.
How can you be one today?

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Planting Your Own Garden of Dreams

Planting Your Own Garden of DreamsC.S. Lewis wrote:  “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

What speaks more of the future than planting a garden?  It’s a flurry of activity.  Skillful gardeners plan months in advance.  They germinate seeds, plot spaces where the sun and the shade offer the most effective opportunities for growth, prepare the soil with special nutrients, and watch and wait for the best time and the season…and they do it all with great joy and anticipation.  Why?  Because somewhere in the heart of a gardener lies the seed of a dream, the thrill of ripe red tomatoes on a summer day, the fragrance of fresh dill and thyme.  It’s a beautiful dream and they know with some planning and hard work, they can make the dream come true.

You may not actually want to plant a garden, but you’re in exactly the right place to cultivate some new dreams.  So roll up your sleeves and grab your drawing pad.  Take one dream down from the shelf where it simply can never bloom, and give it some air.  Pick it up and look at it from every angle.  Imagine it taking root, sprouting with the loving attention it receives from you.  Remind yourself of the excitement it generated when you first conceived it.  Talk about it with your friends and allow them to add to the anticipation of seeing it come to life.  Plan the celebration that will come when you harvest the fruit of your efforts, when all the planning and dreaming become reality.

Your future is today.  Your time to dream is now.  The seeds of incredible ideas that only you can germinate are waiting to be planted and nurtured.  Have faith in yourself and remember that faith is always a word of action.  You’re already an amazing gardener and you’ve blossomed over the years, but you’re not done.  You’re still developing a crop of possibilities that will serve others in a great way.  All you have to do then is believe in the beauty of your dreams.  You can produce extraordinary things!

As someone once said, “Bloom where you’re planted,” and then take it a step further.  Plant something wonderful where you want things to bloom.  You’re already a master gardener and the people around you will all reap a harvest as your dreams bear fruit.

It’s a great day to get started!

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