It’s Monday and I find myself stopping for lunch at one of my favorite fast food places.  When I pull up to the window to pay and collect my food, I am greeted by a wonderfully cheerful server.  She is so nice and friendly it made my interaction enjoyable and she obviously well represented the business she was serving for.  She had no idea that my morning had been rough, yet her kindness helped to turn my day around.

One small interaction and I learned something, was reminded of something, and was blessed with something.  Those somethings?  The somethings were that as we look out into the world it is as if on some plane of this life we are looking at a mirror. Reflected back to us many times is our mood, attitude, face. This sweet server projected out cheerfulness, I gave it right back because she brought out my cheerfulness with her own. And we both ended up better because of it. I was reminded that when we strive to be kind, even when we are sad, everyone is lifted and improved. Everyone has trials and challenges, its cliché, but we are really in this together.

Recently, I walked into the building where I rent a studio space to open up and get ready for a big sale, only to see that for whatever reason the roof had leaked all over the floor.  Several ceiling tiles had collapsed, water was pouring from the ceiling, and so much of my sale inventory, furniture, and supplies were damaged.  To say I was distressed was an understatement. In my state of distress I looked around to see family and friends lending love, support, and hope. It was humbling and such a sweet blessing.  These amazing angels (you know who you are 🥰) gave their time, prayers, hugs, and much more to help me. And many still are there offering whatever I need. My heart was lifted and I am so grateful.

The flooding was just a small part of what my family is going through at the moment and even though it is not all pleasant, I am reminded of how important it is to be kind to everyone.  That person you see out there that may be wearing a frown might just have lost their studio, their home, their job, or a family member.  I read this last sentence and in one way or another….I have experienced all of that in the last year. This reminds me that I need to make sure that I am compassionate and ready to serve others. I would rather be that person that helped turn another person’s day around for the better.  I am so blessed to know so many people who set an amazing example of this to me.  It is inspiring and makes me want to continue to be better.

As we work through the next steps of putting my studio back and getting all my events back online, I want to thank everyone for their support, prayers, and friendship. It has meant so much to me. I am so excited to be able to create with all my friends again soon!

Go out there and be a blessing to someone….you can even start by stamping and sending a card! 😉