Me in the Middle~Random Act of Kindness

I want to share with you a wonderful act of kindness that totally blew my mind.

After our big snowstorm I went out to start my car and found that the battery was dead. I called road service, and someone came and jumped started my car. I was so grateful as there is a labor shortage and it took a while to find someone. He recommended that I have an auto parts store check the battery because it’s about 5 years old and they can install a new one if needed. He waited to be sure I was okay while I drove over to get my mail and get rid of garbage.

When I went out again to start my car the next day, it wouldn’t start again. I called the local auto parts store and was told I would need to get it jump started and drive it over to them. When I explained to him that I already had it jump started and this is the second time the car wouldn’t start. I was concerned because I’m handicapped and older and didn’t know if the car would stall out on my way over.

The person on the phone then said “Hold on. What make, model and year is your car?” I told him and he asked where it was. I told him it was in the front parking lot of my apartment complex. He asked if I could be out by the car and he would be right over.

He came right over and we chatted the whole time he worked on removing the old battery. When I said “At least the sun’s out today!” and he replied “Every day is a beautiful day!” He lifted my spirits and I told him I liked his attitude. After we talked more and he continued to put in a new battery, I turned the key in the ignition and the car started up beautifully!

I asked him how I should pay, by calling the store or here with him? He looked at me and said “You’re fine! Happy New Year!” I looked at him, not sure what he was saying? “You’re fine! I was given a second chance at life and the Lord wants me to live it out by helping others.” He went on and told me more and started to get into his car. I handed him the tip that I was prepared to give him which he declined at first, and I insisted. “What’s your name?” I asked. “God has always brought good people into my life just when I needed them. Thank you so much”

At first he hesitated, “It doesn’t matter.” he said. And then he paused, “My name is John

God’s Love is everywhere!

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Me in the Middle ~ Self-Compassion

 

Self-Compassion

Compassion ~ Brene Brown

One Mother’s Day I went to the church service at my son and daughter-in-law’s place of worship.  We were a group of eight so getting ready in the morning and getting out the door was a bit of a challenge.  My son was ready before all of us and just smiled and said “It’s an exercise in patience.”  When we arrived for the service, we were late and had to tip-toe in during the Mother’s Day sermon.  It was a sermon on ‘Patience’.  😀  As we made our way to our seats, the pastor was saying “And if we find ourselves always arriving late, we need to have patience with ourselves.”  It really gave us all a laugh!  😀  It helped to give us ‘self-compassion’ and lightened up the moment.

What I took away from that sermon was the message on a photo on the huge overhead screen.  The pastor was sharing the story of what was written on Ruth Bell Graham’s tombstone.  It was a message of Self-Compassion and Humility.  It was a reminder that we’re all ‘under construction’ in this life.

“End of Construction – Thank you for your patience.”

Ruth Bell Graham

 

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I remember those times when things were particularly stressful in my life and I felt I wasn’t measuring up to my expectations for myself.  I was being my own worst critic and definitely much too hard on myself.  Then I read the quote below in a book I was reading for inspiration.  It was such a kind and compassionate image of God being there with us through it all.

“Please be patient. God isn’t finished with me yet….”

Self-Compassion Meditation

~ Chinese Symbol sketch by Mary Lou ~

Me in the Middle ~ 9/11 Poem

Me In The Middle

september-11-fireman Pixabay

I just now discovered a poem I wrote on September 22, 2001 so I thought I’d share it:

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~ THEY HAVE NOT DIED IN VAIN ~

If we see life a bit clearer and appreciate its beauty
and glory alongside its horror and sorrow ~
They have not died in vain.

If we’ve reached out to those we love and
opened our hearts a bit more in trust ~
They have not died in vain.

If we’ve learned beyond a doubt that politics and religion
can be dividers of people as well as reconcilers of people ~
They have not died in vain

If we now know that God’s grace and love resides in the
hearts of individuals regardless of race, creed or country ~
They have not died in vain.

Freedom or fear; Love or fear; Courage or fear ~
Everyday battles fought in everyday lives.

If…

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Me in the Middle of Week 2 Reflection ~ Self-Compassion

Kindness Challenge Participant

 

Week Two ~ Self-Compassion

The second prompt for the Kindness Challenge 2017 is Self-Compassion.

Compassion ~ Brene Brown

For Mother’s Day I went to the church service at my son and daughter-in-law’s place of worship.  We were a group of eight so getting ready in the morning and getting out the door was a bit of a challenge.  My son was ready before all of us and just smiled and said “It’s an exercise in patience.”  When we arrived for the service, we were late and had to tip-toe in during the Mother’s Day sermon.  It was a sermon on ‘Patience’.  😀  As we made our way to our seats, the pastor was saying “And if we find ourselves always arriving late, we need to have patience with ourselves.”  It really gave us all a laugh!  😀  It helped to give us ‘self-compassion’ and lightened up the moment.

What I took away from that sermon was the message on a photo on the huge overhead screen.  The pastor was sharing the story of what was written on Ruth Bell Graham’s tombstone.  It was a message of Self-Compassion and Humility.  It was a reminder that we’re all ‘under construction’ in this life.

“End of Construction – Thank you for your patience.”

Ruth Bell Graham

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I remember a time when things were particularly stressful in my life and I felt I wasn’t measuring up to my expectations for myself.  I was being my own worst critic and definitely much too hard on myself.  Then I read the quote below in a book I was reading for inspiration.  It was such a kind and compassionate image of God being there with us through it all.

“Please be patient. God isn’t finished with me yet….”

Self-Compassion Meditation

~ Chinese Symbol sketch by Mary Lou ~

Me in the Middle Dreaming of Kauai

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I’ve been invited to go to Kauai!

My bucket list isn’t too long.  I’m content with the simple things in life.  Kauai …… Hawaii!  Surely of bucket list quality!  Traveling has been an adventure for me and I’ve always  wanted to ‘seize the day’ when opportunity knocks.   This is one of those times when opportunity is knocking at my door and it’s an opportunity I’d be reluctant to refuse.

bucket-list

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When I was a child we weren’t taught to make a bucket list.  We just let life happen and went with the flow.  Our parents chose what they felt was best for us.  We were together and that made for happiness in ‘seizing the day’.   My life has been full in many ways, especially in the meaningful things.  As a young woman, wife and mother, my joy (and sorrows) have been my ‘seize the day’ moments as I fulfilled the loving roles the best I could. God is with us through it all ~ the good and the bad.  I worked my bucket list into those years in my own way.

Now I’m given those moments to find joy in the gifts that I find along the way.  Those moments when the universe smiles down on us and you know it is good.  Friends that I meet come into my life and fill me up where I need to be filled, and teach me lessons that help me to grow.  Opportunities fall in place when I’m open to receive them and when I trust my God-given intuition that the timing is right.

So, this opportunity has gracefully fallen into my life.  I thought my bucket list had just about been  checked off and I am always content with the simple things in life.  A relationship is growing and he’s invited me to Kauai.

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kauai

Seize the Day

*Images from Pixabay*