Every Day Gifts

Every-Day-Gifts_480Sometimes gifts don’t come wrapped up in fancy paper with silk ribbons.

Sometimes they don’t look like gifts at all…at least not in the beginning.

Sometimes they’re just everyday moments that turn into gifts.

Sometimes they’re actions, like a friendly smile, a hug, or pat on the back.

Sometimes they’re words, like “I love you,” “You’re special” or “It will be okay.”

Sometimes we give them to someone else who needs them.

Sometimes they’re given to us when we need them.

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I wrote this because lately I’ve been given some gifts I didn’t expect. They weren’t what I asked for, but just what I needed.

They didn’t come  wrapped up in the fancy paper and silk ribbons. They were just everyday moments that happened in my life.

They were the kind word I gave to someone who needed it or the  laugh someone gave me when I needed it. In both cases, I got gifts!

I could have easily not noticed them as the gifts they were, but the Universe was sneaky and whispered in my ear reminding me.

It’s good to pay attention to the every day gifts in life. Sometimes, they are the most precious gifts of all:~)

What about YOU?

What every day moment in your life has been a precious gift to you recently?

Have you given an every day gift of a smile or a kind word to someone recently? If so, care to share about it and how did it made you feel?

Life’s Gift to Me

JC and I got married during Thanksgiving with both of us recovering from some really mean flu bug. Being sick made planning a wedding challenging. Still, things had to be done and neither of us had much energy to get them done.

While feeling lousy waiting at a UPS store one day, I hosted my own pity party. It didn’t seem fair to feel so rotten at a time when I wanted to be happy and excited. To divert myself, I looked around the store.

That’s when I saw it. It was just a poster hanging on the wall. You know the kind. You’ve seen lots of them before. They always have some motivational quote. Usually I don’t read them, but I needed stay awake and forced myself to read the words in that poster.

When I got to the end, I didn’t feel so bad any more. As a matter of fact, I smiled. The words in the poster said exactly what I needed that day. They were better than a hug. Sometimes life just gives you an unexpected gift or kick in the butt, depending on how you want to look at it.

This poster became my holiday gift to myself. It’s going to hang next to my desk. When I’m feeling ornery and mentally cussing out my life, I want to read the words of the poster and be reminded just how precious life’s moments really are. Here’s the poster and I added the words in case you can’t read them in the poster:

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“Life. Find a passion and pursue it. Fall in love. Dream big. Drink wine, eat great food and spend quality time with good friends. Laugh every day. Believe in magic. Tell stories. Reminisce about the good old days but look with optimism to the future. Travel often. Learn more. Be creative. Spend time with people you admire. Seize opportunities when they reveal themselves. Love with all your heart. Never give up. Do what you love. Be true to who you are. Make time to enjoy the simple things in life. Spend time with family. Forgive even when it’s hard. Smile often. Be grateful. Be the change you wish to see in the world. Follow your dreams. Try new things. Work hard. Don’t count the minutes count the laughs. Embrace change. Trust in yourself. Be thankful. Be nice to everyone. Be happy. Live for today. And above all, make every moment count.”

By the way, the poster was designed by Louise Carey. I recommend visiting her site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Face Off with Life

Sometimes life is a boxer with gloved hands.
It knocks you down and dances around you, laughing.
It dares you to pull yourself back up again.
You lie on the rough mat, beaten and exhausted.
Life slaps the mat.
You hear the count.
One. Two. Three. Four.
The seconds tick off.

Sometimes it’s doubt that holds you down,
Making it harder to get up.
Your throat stings with failure, you taste weakness.
You don’t know what to do because you feel despair.
Your heart pumps it.
You cough it up.
The seconds tick off.
Five. Six. Seven. Eight.

Sometimes it’s faith that lifts you up,
Making it easier to be strong.
Your soul fills with spirit, you taste courage.
You know what to do because you have hope.
Your hand grips it.
You drink it down.
The seconds tick off
The count is nine.

Sometimes you are a boxer with gloved hands.
You climb back up and dance around life, laughing.
You dare it to knock you down again.
You stand on the rough mat, revived and confident.
Life tosses its gloves.
The count is over.
Your words are taunting,
“See you next time.”

We all have moments when we feel beaten and exhausted by a round with life. We can choose how we face off with life’s challenges – let them knock us down for the count or use our courage and faith to pull ourselves back up again.

As Roger Crawford said, “Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.”

Care to Share?

When you faced off with one of life’s challenges, what did you do to get back into the fight?

New Blogger Alert

Guess what? Linda, From Roses to Rainbows, announced recently her husband, Jim, has started his own blog. He’s a very funny man. I think you’ll like his posts:~) I encourage you to stop by and welcome him to the blogging community.