Appreciating Who We Are And What We Have

July 16, 2011 by  
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One of the great stumbling blocks for being content right now is our constant need to wish we were someplace else or that our lives were different.  How many of us have said or thought: “I’m going to be happy when I get XYZ” or “I’m holding off experiencing XXX for when I have XYZ.”  Here’s a news flash: we may never get or have XYZ or at least in the manner we dream about.  So does that mean we give up on being content?  Absolutely not; we give up in not living our lives today for a future which may or may never happen.

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Are You Kidding Me?

October 26, 2009 by  
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Certainly not.

“You really have a very pleasant disposition and a wonderful way with children.” … “I never realized how much you pay attention to the needs of older people”. … “So who taught you how to fix seemingly anything that needs fixing?  Did you learn it in school or does it just come natural?”  … “You may not think so, but I think you have some of the prettiest feet I’ve ever seen.”

These are the kinds of comments/remarks/questions that someone is making to someone else every single second of every single day … around the world.  And there are lots of kind things being said about us all the time as well.  It’s unfortunate that many of us don’t hear as many of them as we should.  Yeah, there some creepy stuff that’s out there, as well.  But that’s not what we’re addressing at this juncture.

A good lot of us have been blessed with more than what we take time to consider.  A good part of the world is stepping up the pace of life and more times than not, we simply don’t take the time to stop and smell the proverbial roses.  Sure there are loads of stuff we can do without, but so much we can do better with.  I used to have this wonderful aunt who used to repeat often to me, “Don’t wait until somebody dies to tell them that they had pretty shoes”.  As a child, it never made sense to me.  As an adult “I get it“, loudly and clearly.

Many of us need to appreciate ourselves more and do the same for others.  Really, what does it take to thank someone for being courteous or let someone know that her choice of a certain fragrance is quite a breath of fresh air or how flattering a certain color shirt is? 

Lately, we’re hearing more and more about performing random acts of kindness; well, we should simply do more of them.  They’ll not only make the other person feel better, but ourselves, as well.  Offer from your heart and say what you feel in earnest.  Others can sense your sincerity or lack of it.    It’s so simple, we overlook the opportunities extended to us to give and receive everyday.  It’s so little to give … to get so much in return.  Try it, it works … for I kid you not.