We’re half way through the work week and it may have been a brutal one so far. Or up to now, the work week might be mind-numbingly, soul-crushingly boring! Whatever the case, we may need something to lift our spirits so we can power through the rest of the week. Here are two short articles that prove kindess matters. Even the smallest gestures that we don’t even think twice about can make all the difference to someone else.
Here’s to fathers the world over who share themselves with their children: teaching us about intellectual pursuits and the value of education; the joy of physical activity, goofing around, and sportsmanship; the honor of putting our best foot forward and—regardless of the outcome—the satisfaction of knowing we did our best.
Thank you fathers for holding our hand when we needed it and for pushing us out of our comfort zones when we needed that—and thanks for knowing the difference!
Thank you fathers for showing us that real men step up to the plate and do what needs doing, whether they want to or not or whether it’s cool or not. Thanks for showing us that real men are gentle, compassionate, kind, and forgiving, and that they also know when to be tough, strong, and fierce.
Thanks fathers for showing us how to live with honor and integrity and that those virtues really are the best guides in life.
In honor of all of the mothers in our lives–our biological mother as well as people who have mentored us, encouraged us, protected us, and picked us up and brushed us off (women and men who have done this for us)–Happy Mother’s Day!
Here are six quotes from my Mom to help us celebrate the generously loving and kind people in our lives who have mothered us:
If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
How would you like it if someone did/said that to you? Then don’t do/say it to anyone else.
This too shall pass.
Not to worry, Sweet Doll.
All is well.
You’re my treasure; I love you!
What is your favorite quote from a Mom in your life? Please share it with us. Thanks!
A special place in my heart is reserved for The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. My mother sent this book to me when I after I graduated college and was off on my own.
I had moved to a small town in a part of the US that was very different from the region where I grew up. I had a very hard time meeting people and finding my place in my new world. Needless to say, this was a difficult experience for me–I didn’t know what to do to help my situation.
As always, though, Mom came through!
One day a package arrived in the mail and it was this book along with a beautiful letter from my mom. Of course she knew of my struggles and, as she was reading the book herself, she realized it could be helpful to me. Her letter was filled with wisdom from her own life and the special encouragement that only a mother can give.
The book didn’t immediately solve all my problems, but it helped me take the next step in my life and gradually my situation improved. Most importantly, though, this book is a poignant reminder of my mother’s loving and wise guidance and encouragement.
How about you? What books have a special place in your heart? Feel free to share. Thanks!
We don’t have to wait for a deep passion or for a good reason or for all of our ducks to be in a row before we craft our soul-prospering life. Below is a poem that underscores the importance of starting now to do what we can to start living our soul-prospering life–or a little bit of it.