Sending Angels Changes Lives
A sky, breathtakingly blue, heralds this new day...
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The day is dawning here in north Florida. As I gaze out of my windows I am privy to an explosion of peach and blue tones as the rays make their entrance onto the horizon. A few sassy white clouds are drifting by on there way to somewhere that must be too important for them to stop and hang around looking perky in the sky.
As the full sun bursts forth, the sky is painted with the creamy blue that has a surreal quality. Such beauty is rare and causes me to want to stand motionless before its wonder. There is no doubt that Angels are a part of this newly awakening day.
Another day. What a gift!! We have another day.
- We can choose to make this day spectacular.
- We can revel in all that is by no means ordinary but that often we do not stop and gaze at in wonder.
- We can go out of our way to make this day a spectacular day, if only in some small way, for at least one other person.
If you walk away from just one person today having made a difference in the life of that person, lightened the load in some way, made one other human being feel valued, then you have become an Angel for that person...at least for today.
Happy little clouds dot the sky...
The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.
Keep on keeping on...
Those who need an Angel may surprise you sometimes too. As H.O.W. tries to take hold and begin to bring about change, one person at a time, we may forget that those who need that kind word, that nod of assurance, may be the one who speaks often of making a difference.
So we do not need to hunt far and wide for someone to be on the receiving end of our gesture of kindness. I guess the point is, if we reach out to everyone we meet, every day, we will have all of our bases covered. Sincerely greeting and helping someone is easy to recognize and usually graciously and warmly received.
Sometimes a gesture of kindness will be rebuffed. A smile or a kind word may go unnoticed. And that is okay. It is not really the reaction that we may expect. I repeat, it is okay. If you continue to reach out especially when it is the same individual who seemingly rebuffed your gesture, many times, when you least expect it, the gesture will be returned...a smile, a nod, a door opened that may have slammed in your face just a few days before.
it is really not about us....it is not about making us feel good because we are extending our greetings and help to another.
It is about making the day a better day for one other person.
Just beyond the trees, the new light of day appears.
Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.
Where do these Angels enter this picture?
My family and I have been on the receiving end of Angels many times...earthly Angels and spiritual Angels and they remain with us today.
What prompted me, in part, to write this today is that my daughter and my grandson are having new battles right now. Those of you who have read the series, When Cancer Comes Knocking, that I posted here on HubPages know that my grandson and daughter both have terminal cancer.
My grandson was in a relatively healthy state, all things considered, for a little over a year and had been taken off chemo. However, a few months ago the doctors decided because his condition had worsened so much that he should return to chemo again. And, he has. And, it is a much stronger dose and affects him much more than it did in previous years. He usually is very ill and is in bed for three or four days which is a long time for him. He is usually up and about every day ready to take on whatever comes. But this chemo is kicking his butt!! He tries to act like it wasn't so bad when he is feeling better. He has always been that way.
From a very young age, he learned to 'deal with it and move on.' He learned to bite the bullet with all of the tests and chemos and the pain. He truly taught us how to live...even before his Momma was diagnosed with her first cancer in 2003,
What Can I do
to make a difference
open a door
anyone, but especially someone who appears to reallly need help
say hey, hi, howdy
allow someone to go in front of you in the check out line
someone with a few items or someone who seems to be in a real hurry
offer help: rake a lawn, get the mail, run an errand
an ill neighbor or relative, or, an elderly person who has no one to help
prepare a meal
someone who has just come home from the hospital or someone who has lost another to death
pay it forward
to anyone, any time
(clothing, blankets, shoes, food) to homeless shelters and community food banks
(time) library, school, hosptial, animal shelters (also pet food to animal shelters)
(money) to an organization to cover expenses for summer camp or other such events throughout the year for a child or chldren if possible
Two sweet peas....every day they are on the planet is a SPECTACULAR day...
Caring people do make change...
Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
Angels are there...
His Momma, my daughter, is quite ill and has been for about ten days. On top of her cancers, on top of her heart condition for which she had a stent put in about 12 weeks ago, on top of her MS, on top of fibromyalgia, she has strep throat and an abscess on her tonsils. Now that might seem like no big deal. And for many it is not. But what happens to her when she gets an illness on top of everything else is that her body does not know how to handle it.
For all of the years that she has fought and recovered and fought again, I have never seen her in so much pain. She is in so much pain that she can not walk at times. When she is at last able to walk she walks only a few steps at a time, bent over, cringing with each step. This for someone who has a high pain tolerance and will never admit how bad she really feels.
No meds have made the pain go away. And she has many very strong pain pills at her disposal. Many she can only take very small doses of due to their side effects which means she may as well not take them. Others have such crazy side effects even in small doses that she cannot take those. So she bites the bullet...just as my grandson does.
We drove to the doctor and that is when they discovered the complicating illnesses which were making her feel so bad. She has been on antibiotics for two days and today for the first time, she can move around without so much pain.That is a good thing---no, that is an excellent thing..thanking those Angels for that...her home is full of them...so full I suspect they are picking up feathers over there.
And this personal story has to do with H.O.W. and Angels in this way:
We need more Angels to come and help out. The spiritual ones are just fine!! If you can send some prayers and Angels to my sweet grandson and my precious daughter...Jay and Stephanie, I know that it will help speed their recovery.
You are reaching out to strangers...as truly, you do not know us that is H.O.W. you can make a difference for us.
You know me a little bit if you have read my postings and them a little bit the same way. But we have never met. And, yet, your willingness to offer prayers and sending good thoughts to them is a way of bridging the gap that time and space cause. And I am thanking you and graciously receiving your gestures of concern and caring.
I thought long and hard before deciding to post this. But I know there are so many of you who can offer support to my family that I feel it is the right decision for me to make.
The capacity to care is the thing that gives life its deepest meaning and significance.
Make that first step
Each and every day I see the miracle of Angels working in the lives of those that I encounter. That is why when Bill, billybuc, here on HubPages came out with the idea for H.O.W. I was so ready to join forces with him and those of you who have joined.
We see issues in our country that need serious restructuring, rethinking, reworking. And we talk about them and complain about them and move on. But if we are to make a difference we must be willing to try to somehow show concern and try to make this walk a better walk for each other.
To recognize that someone is hurting, lonely, afraid, hungry, in need of the knowledge that someone gives a damn, that is H.O.W. we can begin to reach others. People caring about people. Strangers or neighbors...being their Angel, their person who might take a few minutes to listen and show concern opens a way to understanding.
Foolishly optimistic I might be but I believe in my heart of hearts that there is enough goodness in our country and in the world that is waiting to be tapped into if we just are willing to be the one to make the first step across the chasm of misunderstanding or seeming apathy.
Will you be the one to make this a spectacular day for someone else?
Sending Angels and love and support to each of you....ps
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