Monday, April 23, 2012

Share what you have

Do you remember this post I wrote about doing what I can, with what I have, where I am?

My New Year's Resolution post: to offer what I have when I'd otherwise pass on offering at all because what I can give seems trite; limited by my responsibilities to my family & home.
I have to encourage you to try getting creative with the ways you can make someone's day a little brighter or easier.
It's just as rewarding for me as I imagine it is for the other person.

Let me give you some of my favorite moments from that past month:
  • I overheard the pregnant Asian lady that does nails at the salon where I get manicures saying she nearly fainted from dehydration the night before. She said she barely ever drinks water. I was hospitalized for dehydration with my first baby so I know how important it is & how hard it is to start the habit of drinking water. When my nails were done, I drove down to Trader Joes & bought her a big bottle of water, enhanced w/electrolytes & dropped it off to her before heading home. She was shocked. I smiled for hours afterward.
  • Noticing a sleeping baby in the car when a mom pulled in for after school pick up, I offered to stand at the car while she went inside so that the baby wouldn't wake up. I don't know her name, but I know what it means to keep a sleeping baby sleeping! 
  • Here's my old reliable & so easy:  rejoicing with those who rejoice, mourning with those who mourn by setting alarms in my iPhone when a friend tells me something important is coming up so I can send a supportive text. Easy. Effective. Free!
Share what you have! It doesn't have to be big to make an impact.
Anybody have any creative ways to share?
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2 comments:

  1. I've been thinking about this... just in the sense of being ok with having boundaries and being ok with giving what i can, and saying no when i can't. speaking of... i think i will write an email to a gal in my small group letting her know we've missed her.

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  2. been totally on a kick with this too. it's more rewarding than i ever thought possible.. and it makes me feel "purposeful" while i'm out doing the mundane things i need to do.

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