I was all set to write about Spring cleaning and some extraordinary ways to give after doing so, then sitting at my desk, life intruded, as it often does, and I saw a true Spring cleaning. That of the blinders on my eyes, that had me shut in my own little bubble, this clearing opened me up to the moments happening around me. Husbands losing their families, a coworker taking a new journey, while another rushes to be at his ailing mother’s bedside.
Now I’ve never been one to ignore the needs of others, but too often we get so caught up in our bills, children, careers, health, celebrations, etc… barely stopping to acknowledge people sitting at the cubicle next to us or to be concerned with the heartache of a friend. I would never say discount your pain for another’s, but at times our helping hand, shoulder or listening ear not only lifts them, but us as well. Even in our joyful state we may ignore the woman or child afraid to go home at the end of the day, missing the queues of a tragic story that doesn’t have to end that way.
Some of us are quick to flex the freedoms offered to us by this great country. We boast about the injustice, the lack of this or that, but another thing we should be flexing is muscle, weeding out societal woes with suggestions or actions of progress. The muscle flexing should start with the heart, to strengthen those around us, to give them hope in a future brighter than what they see currently.
There are people out here hurting and we all need each other to heal. We can do so when we share moments of love. Memories are not just made with family or friends. You may change or perhaps save a life. Growth exists in this healing. As you go through this season of life planting and looking to prosper remember to lift your head from your garden and notice the life in full bloom around you.
What roots hold you in gratitude? How do you lift and help those around you prosper?
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Merci (Thank you!)
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