In Others’ Words: Choosing Action Over Sentiment

Beautiful Sentiments 2015

Have you ever stopped to consider the weight of your act of kindness toward another person?

That “No, you go first” wave that allows an unknown someone to step ahead of you in line at the grocery story? It just might be the force that turns a weary mom’s day around.

Your decision to pay for the Starbucks drink for the driver in the car behind you in the drive through line? You just might have shoved the blues away, helping someone you’ll never meet believe that good still exists in this world.

That note you wrote to a friend that arrived in the mail on the exact right day? Your words of love and affirmation might have lightened another person’s unseen burden.

The times you posted a word of encouragement or a favorite verse on Facebook? Maybe that truth silenced a lie that was shouting down someone else’s courage.

Today’s quote reminds me that sentiments can end up being nothing more than should haves. But if I want to make a difference in someone else’s life, I need to act on my inclinations.

In Your Words: What recent “single lovely action” has blessed your life?

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  1. November 17, 2015, 6:51 am   /  Reply

    The most recent one…the Heeler who sat up with me through a horrible night of whose ending this is the dawn. She’s a bit wired this morning – lack of sleep makes her act like she’s had about twelve cups of coffee.

    • November 17, 2015, 9:24 am   /  Reply

      The acts of kindness that are often displayed through our pets … Our dog Jo hates it when anyone cries. She wanders around and then comes alongside you, nosing in as close as she can get, in an attempt to comfort you. This was also true for our Lab, Midas.

      So sorry you had a rough night. I was up all night too — not for the same reasons you were, Andrew. But I did pray for you.

      • November 17, 2015, 10:09 am   /  Reply

        I find that it hurts my heart that you were up all night, my friend. My prayers are with you.

        • November 17, 2015, 6:03 pm   /  Reply

          Thank you, my friend. It was, at least, a productive night. And the day has been a good one.

  2. November 17, 2015, 9:17 am   /  Reply

    A friend recently invited me to attend something with her. The invitation was wholly unexpected, but it was such a blessing. I loved spending the afternoon with her. 🙂

    • November 17, 2015, 9:24 am   /  Reply

      Unexpected invitations are such a blessing, aren’t they? They create the sweetest memories. 🙂

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