Monthly Archives: June 2015

What a great saying!

Just the other day I had someone say to me “Thanks for being you.”

Then, the next day, I responded to something online and the company sent me the same response in giant letters that basically filled my entire screen.

What a great sentence:

 

Thanks for being you.

 

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Pondering Discipline

The Bible says:

Proverbs 13 18a

Whoever disregards discipline comes to poverty and shame! Oh my!

So, then, not wanting poverty or shame, what is the opposite of this warning? Whoever regards discipline comes to prosperity and respect? That sounds about right, yes?

Discipline in what? The answer is clear: everything. Continue reading

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I wish I had known Randy Sims

Until yesterday I had never (to my knowledge) heard his name. But yesterday my Facebook feed blew up with tributes to this 27-year-old teacher who was tragically killed by a drunk driver.

The words of grief and of tribute stirred my heart deeply.

It appears that everyone in my circle knew him except me. Perhaps that is a slight exaggeration, but it felt that way.

All day people commented about how he had inspired them, how they would miss him, and how unbelievably sad it was. Then last evening I spoke to a friend whose grandson was having a tough day because a very close of friend of his was killed. “Who is that?” I asked. The answer: “Randy Sims.”

I never knew him. But today I am inspired by the life he lived. I am inspired by the words written of him by one of his recently graduated students. I am inspired by the short comments about something he said or a sign he had in his classroom or his attendance at his students’ events. I was moved by the expectations he had of his students and, evidently, of himself.

I don’t have a picture of him to share with you, because none of the pictures belong to me. And I would never intrude of the grief of those still in shock at his passing to request one to use.

I am inspired by the impact one could have if one lives his life from the heart. If one lives his life with passion.

We should all be encouraged that you need neither money nor fame nor a world-wide platform to leave a legacy, to have a lasting impact on others. Randy had none of the former but the latter he had in abundance.

Will that be said of me? of you? We can live our life so that it is.

I wish I had known him. I wish I could look into the smiling face I have seen in post after post after post on my computer. I wish I had a firsthand memory to share.

But I don’t need it to keep the inspiration I have been gifted secondhand alive in my heart and put into practice in my life.

Well done, sir. Well done.

 

Pat Meyers
May my life be an inspiration

 

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What Would Happen If…

What would happen if we actually followed through on the promises and commitments we made to ourselves?

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What would happen if we actually gave up sugar ? As in eat NO sugar like we have said we would do time and time again. Continue reading

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Encouragement From A Bathroom Story

I know, weird title, but it’s true.

My brother, Mike, married Jane from Maine 26 years ago. She is lovely and kind and we have enjoyed our times together through the years even though they have been too few and too far between.

They have lived everywhere except near my family. But that didn’t matter. When my kids go to see their Uncle Mike and Aunt Jane they were thrilled. Especially Uncle Mike because he would shoot off fireworks with them. Continue reading

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Everyone needs encouragement

That seems obvious doesn’t it? Of course we all do.

However, do you know someone who seems like they never need encouragement like the rest of us? They seem self-propelled. They seem to have a Teflon coating when it comes to struggles. It may seem they are eternally optimistic and don’t need the uplift from a friend.

Well, regardless of appearance, they do need encouragement. They need a smile. They need a “You Can Do It!” They need a verbal hug.

We all do.

Encouragement

I know a some of those folks. A couple I know well. And those who don’t know me  really well might be tempted to say it about me.

But it’s not true. Continue reading

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What Encourages Me

Seeing people do amazing things encourages and inspires me. Hearing a testimony about someone conquering their fear or disability or insecurity and finish something awesome lights a fire in me. Meeting someone who is simply “doing it” absolutely challenges me.

Do you know anyone like that? Have they spurred you on?

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Hebrews 10:24

I came in contact with www.No41.org through my daughter-in-law. I sat and read every word on their website, then I read their blog entries, then I stared at the pictures of those lovely ladies that have had their lives completely changed because of one dreamer and doer: Tara. Continue reading

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125 Teacups

My youngest daughter got married a couple of years ago. We did the wedding ourselves and it was lovely. She is very crafty and creative so not one person in attendance was surprised at the loveliness they witnessed.

One of the things she wanted was to have a china tea cup and saucer for every guest. They could have tea or coffee in a lovely cup and then take it with them as a memento.

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photo credit Lauren Robertson

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27 Simple Ways To Encourage Someone

Here are some fun ways to be an encourager:

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Encourager is a Person

Encourager — one who encourages.

Pretty simple, right? If you encourage someone, you are an encourager.

Regardless of how you  would describe yourself, an encourager should be on the list.

I had the great delight of meeting Lisa recently. She is an inspiration and an encouragement. Primarily because of what she has accomplished, but also because of her desire to be an encourager.Clean for over a year

She is 468 days clean!! Yes, you read that correctly.

468 days! AND COUNTING!

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