Tell Me Something Good – Making Someone’s Day
it is hard to believe how quickly summer is passing. i keep seeing all these ‘back to school supplies’ at the store and i keep panicking that i don’t have enough #2 pencils. then i remember i haven’t needed a #2 pencil since 2001.
as a reminder, 31 days of kindness is still going strong so join in if you haven’t already!
today’s ‘tell me something good’ has to do with my sweet husband. a few weeks ago he was at the national speakers association (NSA for short – but that confuses people) conference in arizona. he said it was hotter than the inside of a volcano (okay, i said that but i can vouch for phoenix temperatures) but the view wasn’t bad apparently:
ravery was out at the pool, getting his 50 minute swim in for ironman training and he saw a friendly face – margaret.
they started talking. she said she was taking a “me” day and about to go get her very first massage! a few things about margaret – though i’ve only met her a handful of times, each of our interactions consisted of her being hilarious, generous and kind. she had us over for a turkey dinner before we left oregon and she sent us home with tupperwares full of leftovers. when i offered to return the tupperwares, she told me to keep them (and i’m currently eating watermelon out of one of them now!)
she also works very hard. she is the mother of our friend and fellow speaker, jake french.
who is jake? here’s a brief snapshot i nabbed from his website (go check him out):
“After a devastating accident, and some huge life-lesson choices left him a quadriplegic, he fell into the same pity pit so many people feel pushed into today. Life in a wheelchair at 23? What kind of an existence would that be? A light bulb illuminated when he noticed other patients who had much worse situations, but the severity didn’t seem to affect their ability to move on. There must be another variable here? It was in that hospital room where Jake realized the opportunity created by FOCUS, ATTITUDE and CHOICE. The emotional pull when he shares that moment with audiences of all ages connects and creates a shift so powerful, it practically removes the words, “I can’t” from their vocabulary.”
jake and margaret are a team. not only is she his mother but also his caregiver and helps with his business too. i give you this background so that you might better understand how rarely and how important margaret’s “me” time is (and i’m sure jake’s too)!
my husband, being the genuinely kind and thoughtful man he is, decided to do something good. he used funds from our “good causes” account and paid for her first massage. i didn’t know he did this but then i saw this posted on his facebook from margaret and got all choked up:
it might sound cliche but my goodness how i fall deeper in love with that man frequently. i encourage you to start spreading kindness every chance you get (and join us for #31DaysofKindness and we will give you the prompts for the month of august)!
the world can always use more goodness and kindness – it’s up to us to spread it!