While waiting at a local hospital for a friend to get out of surgery I met a delightful young woman in her 80's. As we talked her eyes sparkled and she smiled continuously. She used to own her own preschool. She talked about how much she loved each of those kids and how, to this day, she receives calls from many of them which delights her to no end.
We only talked for 10-15 minutes before she was called away but she made such an impact on me. She told me how she gets up every day and gets fully dressed. She is not going to sit around all day in her pajama’s. Out the door she goes every morning to McDonald's to get her senior coffee (sometimes in the afternoon too). Then off to the YMCA to exercise. After the YMCA it is off doing errands or doctor appointments.
But what caught my attention as she talked was her intent at each place she went...How can I bless someone today. Let's go back to McDonald's. She made it her intent to get to know the people behind the counter by name. And guess what...they know hers too.
When she goes to the bank she used to take them donuts. Then one day in her conversation with the employees they mentioned donut holes were easier for them because they can just pop one in their mouth and go. Now she blesses them with donut holes.
What a blessing a 10-15 minute conversation turned out to be. This precious women spoke into my life without even knowing it. She showed me how I want to live my life. I want to know the people behind the counter at McDonald’s by name. Well, maybe not McDonald’s (not a fan) but you know what I mean. I want to make an impact on random people’s lives through a conversation or an act of kindness. It doesn’t take much to pass a smile or a kind word to someone you pass. Or, an act of kindness like taking donut holes to the bank employee’s when you go there.
This February as we celebrate LOVE let’s take a moment each day, when we are out and about, to show someone what “love one another” means. Give someone a hug, a smile, pray for them, or bring them DONUT HOLES! - Alicia
It's February! We made it through the holidays just to get inundated with notions of chocolate, flowers, bling, and extravagant weekends in wine country to 'reconnect with the one you love'.
But what if we approach the day (or the whole month!) with a focus on connecting with the people we care about. Not just your significant other, but your best friend that you never have a chance to talk to, or a relative you haven't seen for a long time, or a sister or brother.
Consider trying one of the ideas below.
Share some time with someone. Make a lunch date with your best friend, mom, aunt, sister, or an older neighbor who might not have anyone to share the day with.
Appreciate someone. Look your husband, children, grandchildren, dry cleaner, grocery store clerk, school bus driver, etc. right in the eye and say, "Thank you. I can't tell you how much I appreciate what you do for me. You make my life easier, fuller, or blessed."
Drop a card in the mail to a special person in your life. Or, if you have children, teach them to honor people in their lives like teachers. Have them make thank you cards to give to their teachers.
Give the gift of massage. You can pick up a gift certificate at the office. Call me at 713-384-9793 to order yours.
Bonus: Connect with YOU. Not everyone schedules regular massage, and that's okay. But if it's been awhile, maybe it's time to practice a little self-care and get yourself a massage, too. The best gift you can give the people you love is a happy, healthy you.
Massage Therapist specializing in Therapeutic, Oncology, and Geriatric massage.