This morning I was checking out blog links of of other blogs I read. Searching for something to read, other than the wealth of holiday recipes. Looking for something, maybe information to add to my homestead notebook, or how-to's to inspire me.
I happened upon the blog The Simple Dollar, and was inspired in more ways than one. In ways I wasn't expecting. All because of this video:
No matter who you are, and how much or how little you think you have, you touch every person around you. You may think it is un-important, but to that person, it can mean everything.
I struggle, just like everyone else. Trying to keep my kids well taken care of, safe, and making sure that they know I love them more than anything. But in the end, it's not the things I buy them, or the home we live in that matters. It's the last one, the fact that they know they are loved.
This is also true for the people that I interact with on a daily basis. Some days I don't talk to anyone other than my kids, and my friends online, because I don't leave my house. But that short conversation to a friend on Facebook, who is having a rough day, that prayer request for a friend who's family member is sick....it can mean the world to them.
When I go out, especially this time of year, I remember a few years back, when I worked a seasonal position at a local Walmart. I remember dealing with cranky customers, who were in a rush to pack all they could into the shorter days running up to Christmas. You could tell they were stressed, but so was I. It is no fun getting yelled at by a complete stranger, because you do not have the exact item they are seeking, or you are just the "next person" in their day of frustration. Because of this, I always make a point of smiling, chatting politely with anyone I meet who works in retail.
Simple, common courtesy can mean the world to someone who is having a rough day. And as my mother has said since I was little, "no matter how hard you have it, there is always someone who is having a harder time."
Remember, it's the simple things that matter. Not gifts, not money. Giving time, a sentence of encouragement, those are what matter.