• The Golden Rule

    CONVERSATION DURING CAR RIDE EN ROUTE TO THE EVENT She was nervous and didn’t want to go, and I didn’t blame her. Truth was, I was nervous too. These types of events always force us out of our comfort zones, and this case was proving to be excruciatingly difficult. “But you know what I think?” I asked my daughter. “I think that we’re going to have such a great time tonight that on the car ride home you’re going to say, ‘That was so much fun! Can we go again next year?'” I peered over my shoulder to see her reaction. She looked skeptical.

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    An Awkward Interruption

    God interrupted me today.   Sometimes His awkward interruptions make no sense to me. I had just purchased the most beautiful yellow roses to take to a friend. It was to be a surprise. As I walked to my car, with flowers in hand, I found myself thinking about how the great men and women in history let their light shine during the most trying of times. Then I thought of the elderly man who stopped to visit with me earlier in the day as I held the door open for him. I thought of the way he enthusiastically said, “I will!” as he hobbled down the sidewalk with the help of his cane when I said, “Have a nice…

  • Comfort Zone

    **This page contains affiliate links. You can view my full disclosure HERE. “Mom, is it a good thing to step outside my comfort zone?” asked my daughter.   “Yes,” I said, giving her a cautious motherly glance, “as long as there is little risk for bodily harm.” “Oh, no need to worry about that,” she giggled.   {silence}   “It’s just that stepping outside your comfort zone is a hard thing to do,” she finally whispered. “Yes, that’s true,” I said thoughtfully, “but the benefits of doing so can be great. Remember when you were afraid to go to the party because you didn’t know anyone there, but you returned home with two new friends?” “Yes,” she said, smiling. “And remember when you were terrified…

  • Worth The Effort: An Evening Spent With The Homeless

    The best things in life take effort on our part.   Standing in the back yard on a beautiful fall afternoon, it occurred to me how wonderful it would be to not have any obligations that day…to just be able to stay at home and relax. But no, we had committed to provide an activity for a few homeless children that night, which would mean a trip to the store, a couple hours worth of preparation, an evening spent away from home….and a big step out of our comfort zone. Time, money, comfort—three things that are rarely easy to sacrifice. “But it will be worth it,” I tried to reassure myself. “It always is, isn’t it?” I walked back to the house, feeling weary and not quite convinced.   {Several…

  • Ideas For Rediscovering Face-To-Face Connection

      “There is so much sadness and depression in this world,” a friend recently lamented. “What we need is more face-to-face time… more connection.”   Ever since her comment, I’ve been paying closer attention to the opportunities for connection all around me.     Connection is a choice.  Will we choose it?   These people did: 1. When planning transportation to an event, a friend said, “Let’s carpool instead of driving separately, that way we can visit on the way.” Connection. 2. A neighbor crossed the street to introduce himself and visit for a while. Connection. 3. Rather than picking her kids up from a play date and leaving right away, a neighbor sat down to visit for half an…