Whatever everyone else says about her, I am a firm believer than in her own way, Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, touched lives and in her own way endeavoured to make a difference in the world. I think she was a product of her environment and coped as well as she could with the emotional equipment she had to work with.
I think it’s apt to post a quote about kindness today. I’ve been struggling with the firm belief I had about following the Golden Rule – that one should treat people the way one would like to be treated. I was brought up to treat people with kindness and respect, and I continually hope (and expect) that people will respond in kind; and for the most part, I am being treated in the way that I treat others. There are frustrations of course, because I keep trying to be kind and respectful of others, but I continually get teased or chided for being “too nice.” I, however, find it tough to go against what I have grown up believing. I came across this quote from one of the people who fascinate me.
I think it was divine intervention that I read this today, the day when I felt, strangely, burdened my upbringing more than ever. It has encouraged me to press on. Kindness is worth it. I shouldn’t stop, because somehow, somewhere, what I do will touch someone and make a difference at just the right time.
“Carry out a random act of kindness,
with no expectation of reward,
safe in the knowledge that one day
someone might do the same for you.”
~Diana Spencer (1961-1997), Princess of Wales
Sometimes, the punches just keep rolling. I feel slightly battered and it’s only Tuesday!
One of these days I will wake up on a Monday morning and not feel the way I do about Mondays. I believe that.
I cry at the drop of a hat. I think I inherited my mom’s tear ducts. Let me just get that out there right away.
It comes at no surprise that the John Lewis advert is a tear-jerker to me. Although it gives me great comfort to find out that I’m not the only one who finds this lovely Christmas advert heart-warming and inevitably tear-jerking!
This photo was taken whilst I was in Edinburgh with my parents in 2007. I had to take a picture because I loved giraffes and because this sculpture was too lovely not to preserve in my memory.
I know I whine a lot about what’s wrong about my day, what’s not right about work, why I don’t have this or why I don’t have that. I think that it’s important for me to stop doing that today. While it is, traditionally, an American holiday celebration, I think it has its place in this world. I think it’s important that today I stop the whinging and the whining.
I am thankful for everything that I have in my life right now. The good and the bad, the blessings and the challenges. I’m also thankful for what I don’t have. God has blessed me with a life that most people would envy and He has continued to bless me with opportunities that a lot of people can only dream about. I am thankful for every situation, every opportunity and every disappointment because I believe that everything that happens, God has a purpose for bringing me through it. I know that every situation is a learning opportunity.
I am completely thankful for every single moment. I am thankful that I am alive.
I am thankful!