Normally at Big Lots this beautiful woman is at checkout. Always kind and always in full makeup, beautifully done hair, and stunning, long nails. Tonight a gentle woman with no makeup, simple hair, and plain nails was at checkout.
Both are absolutely beautiful and genuine. Both warm my heart and make me smile and laugh. It takes all of us to make the world go round, but the more who have kindness galore like these women make it a better place to be.
Moral of the story: You are beautiful when you are who you were created to be. If that in jean’s and a t-shirt or a ball gown/full tux, you remain just as beautiful because of what is in your heart and your actions in the world.
I taught a class for our clients at work. I got up after to talk with a client, and it felt like one leg was an inch shorter than the other. I tried really hard to be attentive and responsive to the client’s questions, but all I could think about was why one leg felt longer than the other.
I tried to check out my feet discretely, but I didn’t see an answer to my troubles. Finally, after the client left, which felt like forever as I was trying to decipher what was wrong, I was able to turn around and look at my seat. What do I see under the table? The sole of my shoe!
It was super annoying to walk around the rest of the day like that (especially stairs), but I had no other shoes with me. Furthermore, I wasn’t planning on going home after work. I wanted to volunteer at my church’s Free Store.
I finally decided to tell them I’d be late to Free Store and went to Meijer for shoes. So glad I did! It felt instantly better to feel the ground beneath my feet at the same distance from my hips. I was a very happy volunteer with very happy feet.
The old shoes will visit the Shoe Smith to make a full recovery of the soul with a reattached sole.
Moral of the story: Balance is vital to a happy life.
This morning I woke up thinking about a few people in my life whom I greatly appreciate and know that God put in my life to make me a better person. This week has held a series of unfortunate events, and there are very negative things I could have lived forever without knowing about within other people in my life. While everyone I have ever met has made me who I am today, God woke me with the light of joy and appreciation for a certain few of those life shaping folks.
Trish, Ruth, and Donna at church. Growing up, they were just a few of the moms in my world. I was friends with their children, and I respected them, but I the friendship was with their children. Now that I’m all grown up (ha, ha), and their children have moved away, I have become friends with these moms. These are women I see not only as leaders in my church family, but as friends that I am blessed to have in my life.
I have other friends too, where over the years, it’s their parents or their children (yes, I’m that old, that my friend’s have adult children), that I have a valued friendship with as well. My world is better and bigger because of these relationships that have developed over time.
Moral of the Story: You never know who will shine the light of friendship within your life. May you have many friendships that bless your world.
As always, her favorite part of going to the Vet is coming home. Especially after the new Owner of the Vet’s office rolled around in her carrier: Mr. Kitty. Mr. Kitty is the new rescue for the office, but he totally acts like he owns the joint. At home, we were both exhausted, so she slept on a living room chair in a blanket, and I on the couch. Though I had to get up sooner than I wanted, because, before I knew it, it was my turn to go to the doctor.
Fun Fact: A neighbor has a Reindeer Ranch. Yep, reindeer live just up the road from us. She has become an expert in Michigan for her work with the reindeer and sharing her knowledge of this beautiful and often misunderstood animal. She is a spokesperson for these special creatures.
Fun Fact: A friend always pays for the meals of Veterans when she finds out they are in line near her. No matter what they order, it becomes her treat out of respect for their sacrifice.
Fun Fact: I know many people who volunteer with numerous Animal Rescues, mostly helping dogs, but cats and other mammals too. Most foster, but others help with newsletters, websites, and transporting foster pets to the veterinarian’s office or to events. All of this plays a part in saving lives.
Some of these are random while others are planned or repeated; all are acts of kindness. Kindness keeps the world moving in a healthy direction. May random acts of kindness become commonplace.