Wow, I am so blessed. I know I say that a lot but every time I say it, I say it with a sigh of disbelief. Life is just so good that I'm surprised it's happening to me I guess. What an awesome God I have to continue to shower me with joy. What little thing set off my joy tirade? The thank you letter I got in the mail from my dear friend Cindi. She just had a baby 5 months ago and we were able to catch up for lunch 2 weeks ago so I could finally meet Chloe. She is a jewel. Anyway, the reason I'm so happy is that she thanked me for our lunch and my gift to her and Chloe but what really got to me was that she said that even though it's going to be a bit challenging getting together now with baby in tow, she wants to continue to make time to see each other and of course she said some other sweet things in her note. It just meant so much to me that she knows it will be challenging to make time for each other but she still wants to make the effort. That means a lot to me. So, I put that note down and picked up the next note from my friend Megan. Megan who was probably the first to see this blog :-) The consummate encourager and cheerleader... the reason I started my blog. And there's a beautiful thank you note from her for taking care of her precious dog, Baylee for the weekend. I love Baylee! We had so much fun together. I should be writing Megan a thank you note for allowing me the presence of her dog. If I had a dog just like Baylee, I could handle being a dog owner. She is the MOST well behaved dog. She is sweet, loving, obedient, and protective all at the same time. I thoroughly enjoyed our time together and would gladly dog sit again.
Now, I'm on a roll. There's pattern that I see. It's the lesson I had learned from last year. The more I give the more I receive. Yesterday I met with my friend Geri to create a mind map of her ideas to sort them out and get a visual of her thoughts. She gave me the best feedback of her experience. She suggested I put together a summary of our discussion, create a follow up for accountability, suggest any corrections that needs to be made on her path, and ask what's it worth to her. It's brilliant! She's an idea gal! Anyway, I can't say this enough...the more I give, the more I get. Last week my college roommate, Dominique, came into town and we had a blast. I got to experience the new coke museum with her and followed a driving tour around Atlanta that I never would have experienced if she hadn't come. She met my friends, attended life coaching classes over the phone with me, as well as attended my bible training class. We had a really great week. And the most surprising and unexpected thing I heard her say was that I had a really great life with a supportive community and wonderful friends. It's the way she said it. She paused before she said it and it was delivered in a reflective and deliberate way. It's just... my life... that I don't stop to think about how great it is sometimes. She really blessed me by acknowledging the gifts all around me. It's the community and that people around me that make it so great. It's awesome. I leave you with this.
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." -Leo F. Buscaglia (American guru, tireless advocate of the power of love 1924-1998.)