On Friday's I join with Lisa-Jo and others for a writing exercise. She provides the prompt and we write for five minutes. We try not to over-think the prompt. Just write from our hearts. We don't edit (I do, a bit I will admit. It is my feelings of perfectionism). The only rule is to visit the person before us and offer them a word or two of encouragement. I try to visit them all. Sometimes I make it and sometimes I don't. So here we go!
Today's word is Small.
In this big, wide world that I live in, I feel small. Most of the time the things I do are small. When I help Richard reach for his cup or the Kleenex box that are right next to his chair. Those are small things. To him they are big, because his extremities don't work like they used to. There are not many things he can do for himself any longer.
When I give a hug to a teen who has arrived home from school, that is a small gesture to let them know I am glad they are home and I love them. They are out working all day in a tough world. A much tougher world than the one that I grew up in. My family life was different than their's, but the outside world, for the most part, was kinder.
When I smile and talk with the cashier at the grocery store, that is small. Think of all the grouchy people she has to deal with on a daily basis. That is big compared to who I deal with. Although there are days I am one of those grouchy people.
I often have to remind myself compared to a lot of others in the world my problems are small. My life could be so much worse. I have many, many things to be thankful for. I moan and groan but really my problems are small. I thank God that he watches over all of our small problems and helps me not to fall off that path he has chosen for me.
Now let's all join with Lisa-Jo Baker and write on Friday!
Love this post! And your small things are huge. As is your heart.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much AndeeDelete
Everything, small may it be, turns out to be be a great thing in the grand scheme of life. Praise God for His blessings.ReplyDelete
Paula, I am reading your comment to my post on my phone right now! I just bookmarked you because I love your words! I find such comfort in those who spend their days doing what is right and hard and frustrating and beautiful in caring for those they love. I am excited we found each other! I am a cashier, hostess, teller, attendant smiler too! God bless you for all you are doing for your Richard. I think it must be harder to care for your spouse - so unexpected, than to care for a parent. Stay strong!ReplyDelete
Thank you Lisa. It is words like yours that keep me strong!Delete
Just a small thing to say.....but I am sending a Big Thank You your way!!ReplyDelete
And I am taking it and sending a BIG Thank you back your way!!Delete
i love you post, the things you do are impactful. you are very thoughtful about life, others, and yourself!ReplyDelete
You are my Friday "person before me," and I'm so glad that it was you! I used to be a caregiver, and it was the hardest thing I ever did. The Lord sees your not-so-"small" acts and smiles at your faithfulness.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Bethany for you kind words.Delete
Small deeds add up to big things that usually make a huge difference in someone's life. I agree with you, I feel small too.ReplyDelete
Isn't that crazy Cristy. I think of you as Big...As in big hearted....Delete
awww. you are way too sweet. I love you.Delete
And you know how I feel about you!!Delete