What’s Your Footprint?

When we walk the earth, we can leave a footprint of our worth to others. The footprint is an impression in mud that can be easily washed away. The imprint is what we leave in the minds and hearts of others we interact with along the way. And quite often, what we do for them makes us memorable.

You know people whom you have never personally met, who have passed from this earth long ago, and yet it’s still their deeds that are the cause of how you remember them. You may remember Alexander Graham Bell when you make a phone call. George Washington, who helped found our country and was our first president. You may think of Steve Jobs, who helped bring new ideas in computing and entertainment into our world. These three people and thousands more are remembered for the work that they had done with and for others.

We need to consider what the footprint we leave behind will look like. It has been said that most people cannot remember further back than their great-grandmother. This is because family generations farther back either had very little or absolutely no interaction with today’s family members. Unless you directly connected with Margaret Wummer, you probably would not know her. Although she did incredible things, raising her children and grandchildren, helping in her church, and generously donating to her community.

It is essential not to keep our talents bottled up within us. We are here to work as a team and grow as cultures and societies. It is vital to work with others both for their sake and definitely for ours. The more we do, the more we touch other people. And, the more connections we have, the more likely we are to be remembered.

Keeping your talents to yourself means that you are the only one who ever benefits from them. That means you have a lot of good in you, which is never seen or used. People like to talk about the positives in life around them. They also tend to gloss over ordinary things and minorly annoying ones.

I’m not saying we all need to invent the computer or the telephone. Also, I think we might get in trouble trying to establish our own country. Yet, we can do what we can do to help others. And that is important because we know that there are times when we will need help ourselves. We are not trading; we are sharing. And I believe that’s why talents are given to us to start.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Do What You Can

In life, we cannot do everything. We should, though, strive to do what we can. We may not always win, yet we will feel good for what we do.

I believe in helping others where I can. And I think that I should learn something new every day. I work at a mission one day a week, where we help the homeless. We are open for a few hours, five days a week.

In doing this, many rules are set forth for us to follow. We do not, under normal circumstances, help people before we open because we need that time to get ready. We do not continue to serve people walking in after we close. And yes, as you can imagine, there are always deviations to these rules for one reason or another.

Yesterday we had several people who needed to make phone calls after we had put the phone away. As the low man in the pecking order, I cannot just reconnect the phone and let people continue making phone calls. Luckily, I had someone with more pull tell me I could do so, and we did. Someone was able to call somebody for a ride to where they needed to go. Of course, once the phone was out, someone else had to make a call, and we could not deny them.

One of the callers started asking for other items, such as toiletries. The client wanted a toothbrush, a nice toothbrush, not just any toothbrush. The caller also asked for soap. I freely gave a bar of soap, and it was handed back to me. A large bar of soap was needed, and since I had two larger bars sitting on the counter, both of them were needed. After some discussion back and forth, I handed over the second bar, even though I realized I was only supposed to give one per our rules.

Another client who was watching this said that some people are like that.  And then the observer did a remarkable thing.  That client told me about a bible verse that says, if someone wants your coat, give them your shirt also.  The more I thought about the verse, the more I realized I was doing right. Even for those who were late or wanted a second helping of something, I was doing the right thing.  That comment from an observer enabled me to learn a valuable lesson on helping and serving others.  I truly appreciate the thought.

Thank you for being with me today.  I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Get Better

It is one thing to be sick, and quite another to let an illness take control of us. When Dylan Thomas wrote about raging against the dying of the light, I believe he had this in mind. Being sick is one thing accepting it is quite another.

We all get sick from time to time. And yes, we do have to take care of ourselves. The trick is to get the rest, receive the required medicines, and give ourselves time to heal. It is equally important that as we improve, we move back towards our normal activities. Maybe with a little reserve at first, to ensure we do not have a relapse by striving for too much too soon, with doing what we can without making things worse.

Please take this for the entertainment value it brings.  There are all types of experts in the world which will lend us their thoughts on what we should do and how we should do it, and what will keep us well and what won’t. The only absolute expert is you. You know what you can do, and you know what your body can take. Just remember that the body is like a fine-tuned utility vehicle. You never know what it can do until it’s pushed a little.

I’m not saying you should do this or should do that, nor can I do so because I don’t know you personally. What I can say, is listen to yourself. Know what you’re capable of, and understand what you have to do when things are not quite right. That would include knowing when to turn towards the professionals for better diagnosis and better methods of treatment. After all, if they have studied the human body and wellness for years, and they see and heal illnesses every day, then listening to them could save you a lot of worries and a lot of downtimes.

As with everything, you do not take my word for any of this. Test it out in small doses and see what happens. After all, everything could work at some point, and probably no one thing will work all the time. You have to know what’s going on with yourself and how it’s making you feel, and if you can’t fix it or overcome it, then it is time for the professionals to step in.

NOTE:  I am not advising you go out and do this. Please look at this blog only for its entertainment value. You need to do what you believe is right for you. This blog explains what I do for me. Do not do this because I say so. I am only giving you something to consider and think about. After all, I am not the professional on your needs, and You need to listen to your medical professionals and do what is right for you.

Have a good day today. Hope to be with you again tomorrow.

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