Wednesday, January 5, 2011

blessing number three: simple words that make a big difference

simple words making a big difference, not a tangible blessing but still a big one that is often forgotten.  this, as most things, can come in different forms.  i have experienced many occasions at work when i have had rude customer after rude customer-it really starts to get to me when people talk to me like im stupid, but all it takes is one nice person, one person to really appreciate the work i put into their order, one person to tell me how much i helped them-just a few words can change my day! in fact a couple weeks ago helping a lady with her Christmas card it didnt take any words, she messed up some info on her card after already printing 100 of them-she thought they were ruined but i was able to fix them-she did not even say a word, she started to cry :) seeing in her face how appreciative she was meant so much to me.  now this is a rare reaction (only once in four years lol) but even just a smile and a genuine thank you is enough for me!

*whether its a random line in a movie (“We must remember that all these things, the nuances, the anomalies, the subtleties, which we assume only accessorize our days are in fact here for a much larger and nobler cause. They are here to save our lives.” -Stranger Than Fiction)

*or a line in a song (“dont you worry your pretty little mind, people throw rocks at things that shine and life makes love look hard…the stakes are high, the waters rough but this love is ours” Taylor Swift-ours)

*a friends post on facebook (“umm. so i miss you already.”-arielle wrote on my wall)

*or a good book ("A Million Little Pieces" "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" etc.)

this is one of my favorite quotes (i plan to use it at my weddding :)-

From A Year With C.S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works “Being in Love” (edited by Clare)
“If the old fairy-tale ending “They lived happily ever after” is taken to mean “They felt for the next fifty years exactly as they felt the day before they were married,” then it says what probably never was nor ever would be true, and would be highly undesirable if it were. Who could bear to live in that excitement for even five years? What would become of your work, your appetite, your sleep, your friendships? But, of course, ceasing to be “in love” need not mean ceasing to love. Love in this second sense-love as distinct from “being in love”—is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit. They can have this love for each other even at those moments when they do not like each other; as you love yourself even when you do not like yourself. They can retain this love even when each would easily, if they allowed themselves, be “in love” with someone else. This quieter love enables them to keep the promise. It is on this love that the engine of marriage is run: being in love was the explosion that started it.”
– C. S. Lewis

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless” -mother theresa
have a great day!

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