Sharing-6th Grade

“Today’s BrightSpot!”

Can you remember a small act of kindness that made a huge difference for you? This story may inspire you to make today your day to return the favor!

“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.”
Cesar Chavez

Calei Akers, age 17 learned an important lesson one day about Sharing-6th Grade. He noticed that a fellow classmate never brought or bought her lunch so he stepped in to offer his. What seemed like a simple act of caring for him was actually a huge and generous gift for a young girl without resources and in need.

What he discovered may open our eyes to seeing someone in need and being willing to offer a helping hand. Take a minutes to view his BrightSpot, it may help you feel good and may also give you an idea about the importance of sharing! What’s easy for you and me, may not be so easy for someone else. This hits home especially if you’ve ever missed a meal or been in the position to be hungry.

What I learned after seeing Calei’s story is that it’s the little things in life that really count. I no longer question myself or hesitate when it comes to offering a hand to someone in need. Whether it’s a friend or stranger, anything I can do or give will make a big difference in brightening their day. I’m always surprised how great it makes me feel in the process.

After viewing Calei’s BrightSpot, what action will you take today to make someone’s life a little easier?

“Share A BrightSpot Everyday!”

 

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Couldn’t Forget His Dogs

“Today’s BrightSpot!”

Have you ever received a gift that was given with very little thought and emotion and it left you feeling empty? In contrast has someone given you something of little material value such as their time, attention or caring that touched you deeply filling your heart to overflowing?

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” 
Khalil GibranThe Prophet

When Jennifer noticed a homeless man with his dogs she could have turned away. Instead she asked “what can I give?” The cost was very small; the price of a soda. She might have offered any size but she purchased the largest one and then Couldn’t Forget His Dogs so went back for water.

Jennifer’s story touches me because it’s not what she offers but that she gives it with a full and loving heart. Her generosity of spirit is what counts and it’s that energy that resonates with the man and his dogs. The result is like a boomerang effect when his happiness bounces back to touch her with his gratitude.

During an especially difficult time in my life a met a stranger named Nancy who instantly became a very close friend. After a brief conversation about hitting hard times in our lives, she surprised me by sending a gift to my work place. It had arrived on my day off and when I saw it I was moved to tears. It was a book from her own library that she had lovingly wrapped in cellophane and tied with a ribbon and an artificial flower. Attached was a personal hand-written note. The book was called Broken Open and it was the perfect gift for the perfect time in my life.

Nancy’s gift cost very little, it was a book for me to borrow and return. The package and her card said it all. Here was a woman who really understood and cared. How could I be anything but touched, moved and inspired by such a lovely and loving gift. To this day we remain close friends and her gesture is one I will never forget. Something so simple reminds me that when I am stuck with wondering what to give and feeling a strain on my pocket book, I need to let go of the struggle and remember how something very simple that cost very little made such a huge difference for me. Nancy’s give to me is Priceless………

Some of the best things in life are free, or in this case cost very little and yet they make a tremendous difference when given as an act of love. Next time you offer something put your heart into it. Everyone knows and feels the difference when giving is an act of love rather than one of  obligation. Feel good about giving and others will feel fantastic about receiving anything you are offering them. In my experience, i’ts never the gift that matters most, it’s always the intention with which it is given.

“Share A BrightSpot Everyday!”

 

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Encourage Someone, Smile

“Today’s BrightSpot!”

We all need encouragement! Why not give someone a hand or a smile today and watch what comes back to you……

“Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes. Not only is empathy hard to outsource and automate, but it makes the world a better place.” Daniel H. Pink

When Sofy realized that her younger brother in law was in personal trouble she could have backed away. She wasn’t at all clear on what was going on in his world or how she might offer what he needed. She simply decided to Encourage Someone, Smile and just be there.

Something truly miraculous occurred when she stepped forward!

Sofy recognized his obvious distance and lack of communication as a silent call for help. She asked, “what can I do to help you?” Her question and caring gained entry into his seemingly hopeless world and she began to understand his life as he saw it through his eyes. When she listened to him first, he began to trust her and only then allowed her to show him what she envisioned as possible for him through her eyes.

What’s so great about this story is that it shows me the power we all have to support, uplift and encourage someone when they need it most. But even more that, Sofy offers assistance with great patience, understanding and love. That’s what makes her story have impact for me personally.

I am always learning the difference between really helping someone as opposed to my tendency to offer advice and or fixing to make things better. It’s taken me years to realize that people don’t want to be fixed they want to be understood and loved. Only when they ask my help or advice do I need to offer it… In the end it makes all my relationships a lot happier!

Remember that your story matters to someone else out there. You will never know the difference you make until you do as Sofy did, step forward to share your story.

“Share A BrightSpot Everyday!”

 

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Say You Care and Smile

Today’s BrightSpot!

Ever been there for somebody just because it felt like the right thing to do? Here’s a story that demonstates what goes around comes around! Someday the care you give to another may  come back to you when you most need it. So don’t hesitate to say you care and smile!

“But life inevitably throws us curve balls, unexpected circumstances that remind us to expect the unexpected. I’ve come to understand these curve balls are the beautiful unfolding of both karma and current.” Carre Otis

Amber clearly knows and believes in the benefits of caring and supporting others. When her mom was sick her friend stepped forward to lend her encouragement. Never forgetting the impact this had on her, Amber was quick to reciprocate. Acts of caring can be grand gestures or small acts of kindness. In this case, a card with a heart felt message and a gift card where all it took to show how much Amber cared. Who among us doesn’t feel better when we know we are not alone during a difficult time?

I sometimes forget that what I say or do can make all the difference for someone else, especially when they are hurting. Amber’s story reminds me that anything I offer that comforts someone else matters. Next time you sense that someone needs a little encouragment or care, don’t disregard it, instead embrace it. After all according to Karmic Laws, what goes around comes around!

Share A BrightSpot Everyday!

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Sharing Worked for Me

“Today’s BrightSpot!”

Ever feel like what you have to give is too little and won’t make any real difference?  Today’s the day to re-frame that thought. Why not give something small to someone else; food, a smile, a kind word.  Even if it feels unimportant to you it could be the highlight of their day!

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” Mother Teresa

He was working at a neighborhood fast food Subway restaurant, when Gurprince was surprised to be offered food by a homeless man. He talks about how Sharing Worked for Me, when he rejects the gift of the man’s watermelon but accepts the gesture as a way to generate his own willingness to share. The sandwich he offers is a gift well received as demonstrated by the huge smile on the man’s face. The feeling it evokes in his own heart is the unexpected gift he receives in return.

My friend Rob is a homeless man. From time to time he accepts a gift from me but most often he refuses. On the other hand, he is always offering me small thoughtful gifts. It’s not unusual to find newspaper clippings he thinks will intrigue me outside my door. Some days he shows up in his wheel chair with a box of fresh produce like cherries or grapes depending upon what’s in season. At first I refused his gifts, but then I couldn’t bare the look of total disappointment on his face.

The most amazing thing I’ve noticed about Rob is how ecstatic he is whenever I accept his gift. He smiles a huge toothless grin and thanks me profusely for receiving it. In the past few years, I’ve learned a lot from my homeless friend. At the top of my list is that giving and receiving are equally important. When I met him it was far easier for me to give and today I know how important it is to receive with appreciation and gratitude.

Whether it’s easier for you to give or to receive there’s a lesson for us all in finding balance. I know that sharing teaches me how to find that balance because one day I may be on the receiving end and the next be called upon to be the giver. In either case it’s all about touching each other with our humanity and expressing our gratitude for all the large and small gifts we are privileged to enjoy. So I ask myself daily, “Who did you make a difference for yesterday? Who might you make a difference for today?”

Never forget that what you have to offer may be just what someone else needs. So don’t hold back your impulse to give whatever you can and watch how it enriches their life as well as your own.

Share A BrightSpot Every Day!”

 

 

 

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Chocolate & Compliments

“Today’s BrightSpot!”

Want to create instant repoire with a person regardless of how difficult they might be? Here are two suggestions that most often do the trick.

“If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend.” Abraham Lincoln

Elizabeth faced a challenge at work. She needed to persuade her resistant co-workers to fulfill a survey. After giving it some thought she came up with a very workable solution; she discovered that Chocolate & Compliments work.

I meet lots of strangers every day, and its part of my job to allow them to feel at ease and find a way to connect with them. I look for a common thread in our conversation; I also offer them a piece of chocolate, and a cup of tea, or coffee.

I’ve found that in most cases, even if they don’t accept my offer everyone is receptive to the offering. It’s become my simple way of acknowledging them and enabling them to feel that they matter, after all everyone wants to be seen and appreciated. I never would have known that this small sincere gesture of offering a piece of chocolate or a few kind words of praise could matter that much had I not seen the results for myself so many times.

Next time you want to influence someone, instead of trying to convince them of anything, try using Elizabeth’s tactic. Let them know you have a sincere interest in them. Whether it’s a chocolate or a compliment, showing you care will go a long way toward changing a stranger into a friend.

 

“Share A BrightSpot Everyday!”

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