Friday, May 16, 2008

Patience... now!

During a morning walk I saw this butterfly trying to fly and I believe it had just emerged from its chrysalis. It took me about 10 minutes to get shots of the open wings, as they flap so fast and stay closed for a long time afterwards, and all I needed was a small action, the butterfly to move its wings! That was a test of patience, which is not one of my best abilities...

This reminds me of certain events that depend on some small actions we take that can really make a difference in our lives or someone else's life and can be compared to the controversial "butterfly effect".

I wrote down this list of small gestures of love that can make a difference and I want to share it with you:
  • Call an old friend I haven't heard in ages, or write an e-mail
  • Remember special dates
  • Babysit for a couple or single parent who hasn't been out for a while...
  • Confirm my love for my husband and kids every day
  • Pick up a neighbor's paper when he/she is away for a few days
  • Welcome a new neighbor with a treat
  • Read a devotional or pray together with someone who needs support
  • Encourage someone who's depressed
  • Make my place pretty and tidy
  • Or... just smile at someone, hold a door, say nice words, think twice before letting the word out...
This list could go on and on... Hope you all have a nice day!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

My first Mother's Day

I became a mom ten years ago and my oldest son was only a week old... time flies... Yes, he turned 10 this week... The other day we were shopping for Winter clothes and he wanted to try on the clothes alone in the dressing room. I told him I'd be waiting at the cashier... lost count of how many times I turned around to check if he was coming...

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb. Psalm 139:13 (NLT)