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How Many Blessings Does it Take?

Tootsie Pop OwlCounting blessings, sometimes it resembles the Tootsie Pop Owl: 1, 2, 3.

But then you realize that Blessing number 2 makes you think of 3 or 4 more blessings. Then those blessings remind you of others and of course you end with the blessing of: Thank You God for my life.

I always thank God for my blessings. It’s always easy to ask God to step in and help, but how often do we actually take the time to say Thank You? Do you say thank you for the “little” things? Like not being late for an interview (traffic was better than you thought it would be) or thank you for the last leaf bag not bursting open (because you only had a few leaves left so you over stuffed the bag).

Everyday I have many things I’m thankful for:

  • My husband has been cancer-free for two years.
  • I have been seizure-free for six years.
  • Our home
  • Our family and friends
  • My husband – that he’s even in my life. (he’s my rock/my life)

Kim nowEvery night when I pray, I start with Thank You God for everyone and everything in my life. Thank you for my Kim (he’s the love of my life), our home and thank you for today. Sometimes that’s it, other nights I will ask for help – for friends, family and sometimes for me.

I’m thankful for waking up in the morning. I’m thankful for the abilities I’ve been given and those I’ve learned. I’m thankful for friends/clients who refer me to their associates. I’m thankful I can help my Brother when he’s out on the road, there is the occasional thing he needs done that he just can’t get to (it seems smart phones aren’t always all that smart).

Yes, being Thankful is a lot like counting your blessings. Well, why not? All those things on my thankful list, are my blessings. No matter how you feel about a Higher Power, whether you believe. For this we will go with, yes I do – there is a God/Divine Being. While you will not see me in church – I believe in God, not religion. (There is a difference and not for this topic)

Something to keep in the back of your mind, are people thankful for you? Are you a person who helps, and/or brings a smile to someone’s face? Or, are you the type of person that people are thankful to see you leave? Please don’t take your blessings for granted. For this Thanksgiving, besides being thankful for your blessings, do something (no matter how big or small) nice for someone. Hold the door open for that person struggling with their hands full and trying to figure out how to open the door and not drop something. Smile at complete strangers. Give your complete attention to the person your talking with – ignore your phone/pad. Do something unexpected for a family member/friend/co-worker. Then be thankful you have the ability to do such a task.

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Well Slap Me Silly and Call Me Shirley

Somebody’s trying to tell me something, I’ve just got to figure out how to listen!

I’ve been writing a variety of things over the past few years and sometimes I wonder: is anyone actually reading this???? I’ve apparently gotten thru to some. I was asked to write (and edit) for an e-magazine: It’s All About Yes, written by women entrepreneurs with the goal of helping (thru our experiences) other women entrepreneurs. Now I’m writing for Small Biz Forward an e-magazine sponsored by Business Success Unlimited. This magazine is geared to all “super busy entrepreneurs with their everyday needs” and this magazine also appears in a printed version.

im publishedBut here’s where I get a bit crazy. The publishers of both of these magazines enjoy my writing – or they wouldn’t have asked me to contribute. Right? (Yes, sometimes I feel like Steve Martin in The Jerk: My name’s in print!)

I am a member of three different facebook groups and they actually like when I post a Word of the Day (today’s – 9/23/13 – was flair). I had been told that it was missed, why did I stop posting that?

Really???

I have this blog with followers, thank you to my followers (this happily surprises me), but I don’t get much in the way of comments – even on the posts asking for comments. On my facebook fan page I post from articles I’ve written and called Tid Bits of Help for: various Microsoft Office programs and as new research is shared, I check on it and share on my page. OK, so sometimes it takes one to two weeks to get all of the information shared – just snippets at a time. On my fan page I even have Fun Fridays – posting funnies to share and ask everyone to share anything they think is fun and will produce a chuckle for someone.

But lately I had been feeling that perhaps I just wasn’t all that interesting. People have more important things to do than to read what I’ve written. Then something wonderful happened. On one of the group pages I was given a glowing testimonial from the group host:

“I would like to acknowledge the consistent and meaningful contributions of Liz LaClair who has been sharing excellent words… that can boost our understanding of our most important medium of communication – LANGUAGE.”

“Vocabulary is what defines us. It also broadens our perspective and our understanding of the world. Good use of Vocabulary (backed up by proper use of Grammar) can influence others… and even create impact. I would suggest that we all try to use the Word for the day… to improve our own vocabularies… and in turn it will make Liz feel good that the work she has been tirelessly doing… is being appreciated.”

Today a potential new client said that even if I wasn’t interested in what she needs help with “At least this gives me the opportunity to tell you how much I enjoy your newsletters and your blog.”

So, indeed someone is trying to tell me something. I’m going for the: don’t sell myself short interpretation. Also, Thank You for reading my blog, I hope you find something interesting, or hits home.