If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one. ~Mother Teresa
I’ve often thought that I’m too small & insignificant to make much of a difference in the world.
But you know what…I don’t have to influence to tons of people. If I can make a difference in one person’s life, that makes me happy.
So here’s your challenge for today: Look for one person you can bless somehow.
The only thing you sometimes have control over is perspective. You don’t have control over your situation. But you have a choice about how you view it. ~Chris Pine
I used to teach stress management back in my former life as an addictions therapist, and the most common example I used to use was this:
You’re out driving and someone seriously cuts you off, possibly to the point where you nearly get into an accident.
How many of you would have thought that person was a jerk, inconsiderate, or something else not so nice? And then you’re so ticked off at that driver you yelled at them through an open window, or given them the one-finger wave?
Your heart is racing, palms sweaty….
What if you change your perspective of this same event?
A driver cuts you off, but what if you stop and “re-think” that event. What if it was a woman driver and she’d just found out her kid or husband was brought to the ER with life-threatening injuries? Or a man who just got the phone call that confirmed he has cancer and will die soon.
Changes how you react, doesn’t it?
You can’t control other people & what they might do to you. The only control you have in any situation is how you perceive it.
My challenge to you is to take the less stressful perception. It’s easier on your heart and soul.
Stay strong, my friends.
Do right. Do your best. Treat others as you want to be treated. ~Lou Holtz
So much freedom can be found when you live out these three sentences.
There’s no regret, no shame, no feeling bad for doing right, doing your best, and treating people well.
Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less. ~Rick Warren
I’m actually pretty self-focused when it really comes down to it.
I want this.
I want that.
I want to do that.
I want to read this
I want to eat that.
I feel this.
How’s such and such going to affect me?
Why don’t they like me?
Why am I so fat?
That person’s prettier than me, their house is bigger than mine.
Why am I….
The list goes on and on, day in and day out. And you know what? The more you stay focused on yourself, the more opportunity to find things you don’t like about yourself. And we tend to latch onto those things…Did you ever notice that? It’s almost easier to believe the bad about ourselves.
Goal for today, ask at least one person what he or she wants/needs—and then do it.
And look for someone to do that for at least once daily.
It could range from noticing they might just need a hug. Or a sincere, “How are you doing?” Instead of the “Hey, how’s it going?” as I walk on by.
You never know who you might bless.