January 19, 2011

Wake Up Wednesday

Before I tell you about this week's challenge I want to report back to you on how last week went.  Rex and I both tried to give more compliments to strangers.  This was great for both of us.  It's funny how things end up differently than you expect sometimes.  I didn't have any earth-shattering experiences where someone broke into tears or seemed really touched, but there was one thing I really noticed personally. 

The change was more of a change within me.  Why?  Instead of just looking for my groceries I was looking for the good in others.  I was a little excited when I remembered the challenge and I felt this overwhelming optimism inside.  Instead of feeling frustrated that the lines weren't moving quickly, I was noticing things I liked about the people around me.  It was actually quite refreshing.

This whole Wake Up Wednesday thing has already been a big source of upliftment for me this year.  I heard a quote (that is attributed to Mother Teresa) that I wanted to share with you.  It's kind of been my goal for the year.

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

Isn't that beautiful?  I puts to shame all my reasons for holding back and keeping to myself.

Alright, on to this week's challenge.  It shouldn't take more than 5-10 minutes.  Write a letter to someone you truly admire and tell them exactly why.  This will probably be someone you know fairly well.  Maybe you admire how someone has dealt with a tragedy.  Maybe you've looked up to someone as an example throughout your life.  Maybe it's someone that you figure probably already knows you appreciate them.  Tell them anyway.


Now it's the fun part.  Let's hear how your complimenting strangers went this week.  I can't wait to read all about it.  Thanks for dropping by!


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