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A Little Peace, My Deer.

What a great few days I’ve had on this Year of 55 week.

I’ve decided my word for the year will be PEACE.

As I was heading to a friend’s house to deliver dinner to her and her family, I experienced that PEACE.

I looked to the right and saw them.  Grazing in the field.

Four beautiful deer.

I stopped right there on that county road.  No one in front of me.  No one behind me.

I backed up a few feet to meet them – eye to eye.

I rolled down the window and pulled out my phone and they posed.  Yes, it looked like they actually posed for the pictures.  Not a worry in the world.  Just a look. A smile. And then back to enjoying each other’s company.

I probably sat there for 2-3 minutes just watching them.  In silence.  Experiencing peace.

Simple.

But a day of peace in the Year of 55.

It was a great way to start the week that included a relaxing massage and a long overdue lunch with an old friend.

It’s only day eight but God has already filled my start of the Year of 55 with a lot of peace.

Relaxing.  Intentional. God-inspired. Peace.

I hope you can find the peace that God has waiting for you.  It’s there.  You just have to look around.  Search for it.  You may just find it face to face… staring back at you…through the eyes of a couple “deer” friends.  🙂

These Little Women.

Have you seen the Little Women movie?

I just love going to movies but I don’t take time to go as much as I would like.  Yesterday was a great treat to meet my friend, Michelle, to see Little Women at Wolf Theatres in Greensburg.

I’ve never read the book and really didn’t know much about the story.  But this movie was awesome.  I loved every part of it.  I think if I had to choose my character, I am most like Jo.  She was the writer and the caretaker; the second oldest and enjoyed free-spirit fun.

I think I could see a little bit of my personality in each of the girls and of course in Marmee as well.  These women faced every kind of emotion known to women.

I loved that they prayed and talked about God.  There was no cursing, no sexual content, no violence.

My friend and I transferred into our “little women” selves, grabbed some popcorn and a drink, and enjoyed an afternoon with Louisa May Alcott and her Little Women.  Certainly a great day in my Year of 55.  🙂

National Random Act of Kindness Day!

Today is National Random Acts of Kindness Day!

All week, I’ve been talking about different ways we can make a difference to others and showing you ways people have made a difference to me.

Today I am paying it forward with some gift cards to a couple people who helped me fill buckets for Bucket Buddies Mission; a couple gift cards for pizza to some well-deserving people; some encouragement cards; and a special gift to a friend expecting twin babies in a few weeks.

Whatever you do today, whether big or small, do it with an extra special touch of kindness.

Kindness Act Day Three!

Fifty for Fifty!

For my 50th birthday, my friend, Michelle, contacted about 50 of my friends, coworkers and family to write a note to me sharing kind words and memories from my lifetime.  She had the letters mailed to her home and she gathered them in a beautifully wrapped box tied up with a nice, neat bow and sent them secretly with my husband on our trip to Arizona.

The morning of my birthday, Roger presented me with the box filled with good wishes and kind words.  I sat and read each of those cards with a smile on my face and tears running down my cheeks.

It was not about the physical cards but rather about the time it took Michelle to contact all these people; the kindness of those people to write those nice words; the effort it took for Michelle to gather all those cards and letters and make sure Roger had them to give to me on my special milestone birthday.

It was an act of kindness, of agape love, I will never forget.  And the kindness in that little box continues to fill my life with joy as I pull it out when I’m having a bad day and reread a few of those cards and letters and do it again over and over as a reminder that I am loved.

Today’s challenge to us for Random Acts of Kindness week is to send some love in a card.  Not just picking up a card and signing your name but really taking time to write something special to that person.  Think of a childhood memory or a funny story from years past.  Write a note as to how that person has touched your life or continues to touch others.

Tell someone how great of a job they are doing as a parent or a teacher or an employee.  Look for ways to share kindness by making a difference with your words to others.

It’s true…..we really can make a difference, one act of kindness at a time.