Sunday, September 9, 2012

Give the Blessing Back

Who is the person who inspires you the most? Why? Is it because they stand up against some sort of adversity and they are still strong? Or, is it because they support you and carry you in a way they wouldn’t even know? Is that person a blessing in your life?

There are people, for me, that fit both categories, and probably some people in some other category I wouldn’t recognize here. 

Are there people you spend time with and you catch yourself starting sentences with “I” and then feel guilty? It usually goes something like this:

“I’m really worried about....”
“I have this really great trip planned...”
“I’m really excited about....”

Recently, I discovered that if I actually stop and listen and not worry about myself, I can be there for them in the way I’ve felt they are there for me. Sometimes, it’s just the one person who passes by you once a day and says, “Hey, how’s it going?” 

“Hi!” many of us might say as we quickly pass by the person. Sometimes, though, the best thing to do is to actually stop, and say, “I’m well, how are you doing?” 

Recently, I’ve been thinking about actually pausing and giving time to the people who stop me in my path. Even if their hello, or Happy Birthday, or Thank You, or Congratulations was really meant in passing, maybe there’s more there.

Give the blessing back. I’m focusing on turning those above phrases around:

“What are you worried about? How can I help?”
“What are you looking most forward to?”
“How are you?” 

Ask the questions and really want to take the time to hear the answer, and the blessing might, again, come back to you. 

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