Monthly Archives: January 2014

Happy Roses

Sometimes you struggle. It happens. Don’t deny it. 

One way I’ve found to help those days is to serve others. 

It can be as simple as handing out roses to strangers. 

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And sometimes you intend them for strangers, but they end up being for people you actually know, who you didn’t even know were struggling, just like you.

And then all of a sudden, your own struggles are easier to deal with.
No, they don’t go away just like that.
Well, they might. But they tend to not do that.
They’re still there, but you can put a smile back on your face, because you just put a smile on someone else’s face. 

It’s worth it. 

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The Chair Challenge

Once upon a time there was an adorable little girl named Vivian. I had the privilege of spending the whole day (well, about 9 hours) with Vivian and her two older siblings. Basically, babysitting is the best. 

Vivian is two years old. 

I was in the other room playing Barbies with her big sister when I heard a chair being dragged across the kitchen. My first thought was that she was trying to reach something. And if a kid needs a chair to reach something, they probably shouldn’t be getting that thing. 

Me: Vivian, where are you going with that chair?
Vivian: Nowhere, I’m just pushing it. 

And she was. I watched her from the other room as she just happily pushed it around the kitchen, then back to where it belonged in the play room. 

Why is this significant? Because she was pushing a chair just because she wanted to push a chair. 

Yes, I realize that she is two.

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Today, do something just for the joy of doing it. 

You don’t need a grand purpose.
You don’t need an end in sight.
You don’t need to have a goal.
You don’t have anything to accomplish by doing this particular task.
It is not something that will be a building block for something else.
It is for joy.

Today, do something just for the joy of doing it. 

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