Business · Just for the heck of it · Soul thoughts

Did you see the look on his face?

I don’t know the temperature of the room when John Adams and Thomas Jefferson signed the declaration of independence. I don’t know what it smelled like either.

Up until a few days ago, I hadn’t considered the look on their faces when they were signing that important document. That look has been documented as “undaunted resolution.”

Undaunted resolution.

When have you had that look on your face?

What will make you want to have that look on your face again?

Just for the heck of it

Like a kid buying candy with her own money

Like a child I walked up to the cashier and put the only thing in my hands on the belt. One package of M&Ms. That’s it. No laundry detergent, peanut butter, eggs, milk or bananas. Simply M&Ms.

So there I was. One adult with my candy and the cashier. I couldn’t help but wonder if he was amused. I don’t remember the last time I was childlike in this way.

When was the last time you bought just a toy or a single portion of candy?

It brought me such joy. I wish you the same.

Business · Just for the heck of it · Soul thoughts

The effects of being vulnerable.

What are the immediate effects of being vulnerable? For you.

Are you relieved? Nervous? Numb? Relaxed? Irritable? Guilty? Empowered? Embarrassed? Inspired? Confused? Cautious?

It’s not one-size fits all. We each have unique reactions to being vulnerable with people. Know the feelings associated with your vulnerability.

Character · Just for the heck of it · Soul thoughts

Buy a stranger chicken. It’s a great experience.

She was two people behind me in the checkout line at the grocery store. That was until the woman immediately behind me ushered her in between us because she only had a package of boneless chicken breasts.

I glanced over and saw that she had one item. Faster than I could catch myself I was walking toward her asking for her chicken.

She wanted to defend her raw chicken. I could tell by the look on her face that she was leery of letting me take it. Hesitantly she surrendered it.

I turned toward the cashier and handed him the chicken, asking if he would swipe it next. As if he forgot his entire purpose in life in that moment, he also hesitated and stopped his rhythmic swiping of items, but quickly got the idea. Keep swiping. Yes, keep swiping.

He swiped the chicken and handed it back to me.

I turned and handed the woman her chicken with a smile and, “have a nice day.”

I’m a firm believer that we should consistently look for opportunities to bless people, and the checkout line is one of the easiest places! Go into the 7 items or less line and pay for someone’s milk and bread! It’s such a rush.

Lest this sounds like I’m patting myself on the back, I’m not. I was in motion and asking for the woman’s chicken before I even realized what I was doing myself. It was instinctual and logical that I would buy her chicken. It wasn’t until it was over that I realized how nice that must have been for her, and in retrospect, how nice it was for me. 

Just for the heck of it · Soul thoughts

The best picture of hope and trust.

Three years ago a friend gave me a phrase they would text when they were struggling, didn’t have the desire to reach out, but knew they needed help. An SOS signal of sorts.

I hadn’t talked to them in two years when a text with that phrase came at 1:24am.

That is trust and hope at it’s finest.

Just for the heck of it · Soul thoughts

“I appreciate you.”

A friend was notified on Facebook of the 4 year anniversary of our friendship.

I received the sweetest personal message celebrating our friendship. They shared the first time we met; their first impression, thoughts and feelings.

The message started with, “I appreciate you.”

These are probably the most value-offering words anyone can say to someone.

We should all be more liberal with, “I appreciate you.”