TAYLOR’S TIPS for a more productive you…
(this newsletter was sent out on Nov. 28, 2012 but never ran in the blog)…
I was in the dentist’s office two weeks ago (not a fun place, but necessary, right?) and as I handed over my credit card the receptionist said this:
“You have very pretty eyes.”
Ahhh….sore mouth, aching teeth and all, I became instantly lifted in spirit. You see, I’m older now, and to be honest, I hadn’t heard that compliment in a long time so I thought I didn’t have pretty eyes anymore. I assuaged my hurt over the years by admitting that aging caused my eyes to lose their ability to shine, they’re droopy and saggy and no longer “very pretty.” Ahhh…such is life.
Then I heard those beautiful words and I realized how nice it was that this young woman took a moment to give a voice to her thoughts. I walked out of the dentist’s office, got in my car, and turned the key. And I thought about how fast life rushes by. Haven’t I sometimes marveled at the grace of a new mother with her crying baby in a grocery store? Or the support and encouragement from a good friend when I struggle? Have I told someone lately how much I love him? How much I appreciate her? If you know a struggling writer, can you provide a nugget of hope by at least encouraging them to hang in there?
It only takes a minute. Who can we honestly bestow a gracious compliment upon? Whose spirit will YOU lift today? The funny thing is, when we lift up another, we can’t help but be lifted up ourselves.
Hugs and love, and blessings on your work.
Follow your dreams…
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The CHARLIE BEAR book is going strong, and I thank each of you for your support.
Here’s the latest review:
5.0 out of 5 stars November 5, 2012
By Judy –
This review is from: Charlie Bear: What a Headstrong Rescue Dog Taught Me About Life, Love, and Second Chances (Paperback)
As a confirmed dog rescuer myself, BJ’s story puts into perspective the trials and tribulations of welcoming a new pet into your home and making “family” out of him. Having felt the loss of pets and family members alike, I shared the grief, tears and eventual happiness along the journey of Charlie Bear. A wonderful, inspiring read. I look forward to more tales from this talented writer.
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6 thoughts on “Can You Lift a Spirit?”
Lovely, B.J. I also like to give positive feedback to workers when they go above and beyond, and to make sure their management knows. It really makes their day.
Peace and continued good things for you,
Diane, thank you so much for making my day by affirming the post! I hope for peace for you too and for lots of really great things.
BJ – You, my beautiful (inside and out) friend, are one of the best spirit-lifters I know. Thank you for your blog, for words of encouragement…You are a gift.
Your smile radiates love to all who are around you. Keep that in mind at all times, and never let it be eclipsed by shadows or doubt. A bright light like yours should never hide under a bushel. : o )
Hugs and love,
B .J. I just love your blogs and all the things you say and tell us about Charlie Bear, even his naughty things he does on occasions. You both are so loving and kind. Keep up the good work and may ‘Charlie Bear’ continue to put smiles on your face and laughter to your voice.
Woofs & Wiggles,
Alice & Beaugie..
We love you too! Charlie Bear does put smiles and wiggles and woofs into our lives. Bless him!
Hugs to you,