Once again Mike Ridenour at New Hope For Dry Bones addresses one of my personal frailties, and hits it out of the park.
Roo’s feature image courtesy ABSFreePic.com
In response to the challenge from dear Oneta Hayes at Sweet Aroma, I’m humbly sharing my debut post, the way I threw it out there on September 11, 2014. I defer assigning anyone to do the same, but encourage all bloggers to consider taking a look back (Rules follow the repost). It’s actually fun (mostly) 😉 .
The world is changing. The changes didn’t start on 9/11/2001 yet that was a distinctive milestone.
Yet despite the many changes, some important things are the same as when I was a child – a very long time ago. I’m talking about what makes the world go ‘round; what makes us happy.
Above all the violence, tragedy and the madness, more than ever before I see people care about people. The technological advances in my lifespan alone, the blogosphere all have presented us with more opportunities, advantages that were unfathomable as I was growing up.
We have gone global. Our family, friends, and neighbors – our community has become immense.
Honestly, from my limited perspective life occasionally seems overwhelming; health issues, ecology, economy, strife… We all have dark days when the world feels hopeless. And yet the globe continues to turn, the sun keeps rising on a brand new day.
My dear, sage friend Zoe once said it best: “Every day, you walk out your door, really look around you and help the first person you see. Sometimes all it takes is a smile, say good morning or maybe help carry out the trash…
…The possibilities are endless and it all begins with simply getting out of our heads for a moment, pause, ask the simple, forgotten question, ‘Can I lend you a hand?’ You continue on your way, but you did something.”
Even when it feels like we’re at the end of our ropes, we can get radical and possibly change the course of a day, a life – the world. We start by simply responding to the question, What’s Next? What can I do to help, right where I am right now? I suggest we do the simplest next right thing.
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” Jesus, The Bible (NLT), John 16:33
Source: What’s Next
“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”
― James Baldwin
“Children have a marvelous way of growing up despite us.” Original Author Unknown. (I heard it from my father).
Now that we’re all grown (more or less 😉 ) I noticed my sons as well as their children carry on some of my traits and behaviors I’m working to correct or improve upon. I hope they’ve also learned to laugh often, not take themselves too seriously and above all else trust God. -Roo
“Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” Proverbs 22:6 (NLT)
Original Post: Family Parenting and Beyond
After shooting stained glass all over town I was able to tell a fellow blogger how it’s best shot from the dark side:
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A few days later the girls and I went to lunch at Spoons. I soon discovered one of the best lunch spots in town is located in the stunningly beautiful Hope West Hospice:
“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us– yes, establish the work of our hands.” Psalm 90:17 (NIV)
It was a great day to visit the local post office.
Outside the building a small flag moving along, barely visible above the cars parked along the curb stole my attention. I found it attached to Marjorie Lewis’ scooter. Ms Lewis shared with me a good part of her last few decades and some American History. Half an hour with her seemed like seconds but I doubt I’ll ever forget this unsung hero:
Birthday cards to mail, I proceeded inside to find the regular gang waiting to help me:
Not just a Postal Employee but my workout cheer leader, Linda checks my dumbbells.
The seal of approval.
“How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!” Psalm 133:1 (NLT)
I’m not your average fitness buff. I doubt I’m average anything, but I do all I can to maintain optimum health for as long as I suck air.
My friend David at Chape Personal Trainer is not only highly qualified, certified, but is a true professional. For over a year his blog has inspired me to raise the bar steadily, gradually despite a couple of rough spots. With videos, groan-by-groan detailed directions and great quotes to encourage and inspire, Dave pushes me. You too can easily load events from his blog right to your calendar and connect with a good group of like minded people.
I can’t imagine this gentle giant being anything but strong, but he’ll tell you he was a frail child. Today this entirely charming, insightful and conscientious man takes personal training to the next level – in more than one language. Personally I appreciate his patience with my broken language skills and who doesn’t appreciate a manly guy that adores animals?
Need a nudge to get you back into your best shape? Check out Chape.
“No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.” Hebrews 12:11
Images (except the top of Roo’s head) are courtesy of Pixabay.
I set out to walk and shoot some of the unique homes in the neighborhood. Instead…
As I walked I realized what people do every day helps keep the neighborhood running smoothly. They are unsung heroes.
A block away I noticed a man I see frequently. He was riding off on his bicycle as one of the Tire Store employees watched. Tire Guy was checking the bike tires were right. I asked, and sure enough, Tire Guy saw the man trying to fix his flat himself unsuccessfully and helped him. Free. Of. Charge. Another unsung hero.
From there I found members of our local fire house meeting neighbors at the library, informing us about what they do – until an ambulance call took the paramedics away:
Inside the library, more unsung heroes wait to make anyone’s day better, (the shot of my other buddy at the automated checkout/information desk didn’t take) 😦
I learned our Library’s Security Officer is a retired Highway Patrolman.
Then there are the great people at the local super market that make our shopping experiences so much nicer and often more fun:
Had I been driving I would have missed so many of the people and the experiences that help to make our neighborhood great – every day.
“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9 (NLT)
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