Yesterday on Facebook a good friend posed a question “how have you been a blessing to someone today?” The answers were heartwarming, touching and inspiring. One lady’s answer was not how she was a blessing but how she was blessed by someone else. This thread reminded of something that I needed to refocus on: as we go through life we need to count our blessings.
The interesting thing is not only do you have opportunities to bless someone daily, but you also have the chance to recognize and appreciate how others are blessing you. Do you understand how quickly and powerfully you can change your daily disposition by focusing on the blessings? What a difference we would make in the world if we set out each day to bless SOMEONE whom we encounter on that day. It kind of brings to mind the concept of “pay it forward” but it is a twofold task: bless and count your blessings.
Two weeks ago in church a small incident occurred. I did what I should with no further thought. My former secret sister was so moved by what I assure you was a small act of kindness that she lit a candle of thanks for me the following week. Now I’m feeling blessed. I did nothing to deserve this (in my mind anyway). On Sunday she presented me with a small token of her appreciation. Again, it was not about the gift. It wasn’t about what I did. In this case it was about us blessing one another. A small act that I’m positive will further endear us to one another for the rest of our days.
Life is short and precious. We can elect to focus on how “that jerk” cut us off in traffic and how our paycheck error has yet to be fixed OR we can recognize the friend that encouraged us to do what we love (write this blog) regardless of how many or how few read it . We can appreciate a very meaningful “girlfriend chat” that we helped facilitate. The choice is yours but I shall continue to remind myself daily to count my blessings.
Thank you C Lee for the reminder!
Spread love… peace and blessings.