“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” Albert Einstein
the past 10 years or so, I have made it a habit as my kids as leave for school to say: “Have a great day by
making someone else’s day great!"
is customary at this time of year to pause and truly be grateful…which is
fantastic. As I was reflecting on how I wanted to make this Thanksgiving message unique, this idea hit me,“Be the impetus
for someone else’s gratitude.” Obviously, you can’t control whether a person
feels gratitude or not--that’s not the point.
But deliberately doing things that will make someone’s day, something
that may lead another to feel gratitude for what you have done for them, is.
this to heart, my family decided to be the impetus for someone else’s gratitude. We cleaned our elderly neighbor’s rain gutters. Yes, there was some grumbling on the part of
adult, teens, and tweens alike, as the muddy, decaying, sewage-like rot was cleaned
from the rain gutter. However the inner reward was worth it.
whether our neighbor was grateful or not, we knew as a family that we had done
for another something they couldn’t do for themselves. Just possibly, we had been the impetus for someone
what could this mean for you?
month’s invitation: 1. Be
deliberate about serving another person. 2. Instead
of just “pigging out” this Thanksgiving, organize a group (family, friends,
church, school etc.) to go serve first and pig out later! 3. Understand
that true happiness only comes from making someone else happy.
am not just inviting you to do something; I am requesting/ almost demanding it (Can I do that?).
Whether or not I can, I just did. Those
around you need what you have to offer.
want to thank you for being a friend and more importantly for you willingness
to help another person in any way--large or small. That’s what makes us human.
a great day by making someone else’s day great!”
that I am pulling for you to stay at the helm…it can be a real struggle at times,
but in this moment you can. Until next
time, smooth sailing even in the storms.