JMJ140 *Being blessed twice in one day, made me think of what I can do today to put a smile on someone else’s face. There will always be those that have less than I have or are in need of some immediate solace or help.
Ring the School Bell 140/180 Days
I do believe in angels, and not only those of the heavenly variety. I believe that at certain times in my life, when I have felt quite desperate, that God used ordinary people to comfort and give me hope.
To say that I was feeling depressed this week is an understatement. I have been on the verge of tears all week. It was such a great shock to us to find out that our finances were so dismal and much worse than I thought. Barely meeting bills is one thing. Not setting aside enough to pay Uncle Sam is quite another. It catches up with you.
We were given very poor advice by a “so-called” professional. No matter whose fault it was, the bottom line is that we should have been setting aside a lot more than what we have been, in order to pay the tax tab for last year. We filed for an extension in order to figure out what we need to do to pay our taxes, which amount to a five figure total, approaching $10,000 dollars. Yikes.
When a financial crisis hits, facial tissue can seem superfluous. Why not use the toilet paper to blow your nose? Rags take the place of paper towels to clean up spills, all the colors go in the same wash, and trips to the regular market are replaced by trips to the 99 Cents Only Store, where off-brand staples can save you a few dimes. Thrift stores become the go-to for everyday wear. (I have to say I do love thrift stores in good times and bad!)
Enter the local angel. He showed up in the JoAnn,s fabric and craft store parking lot, with bag in hand. Earlier this month, John had backed up his Honda Civic into the van which was parked in the driveway. Not wanting to pay the $600 repair estimate, we decided just to live with the unattractive bumper. This gentleman offered to fix the big dent for only $75. It sounded too good to be true. I checked with John, who gave the guy the green light to do his thing. He had a tool which looked somewhat like a hair dryer, that he explained would soften the plastic bumper, in order to “punch out” and reshape the bumper back to its original state. I ran inside Joann’s, came back out 20 minutes later, and I have to say the bumper looked quite grand. He offered to paint the scratches back at his shop, but it truly looked great as it was, a 100% improvement!
Enter angel #2. While in JoAnn’s, I realized that I had forgotten my coupons which would have been worth about $5 to me, a significant amount of money right now in my life. No sooner than I had realized this, I ran into my friend Michelle, who offered me her coupons from her smart phone at the cash register so that I could save a few dollars. What a godsend!
Being blessed twice in one day, made me think of what I can perhaps do this week, to put a smile on someone else’s face. There will always be those that have less or are in need of some immediate solace or help.
After a little brainstorming, I came up with a few easy ideas:
- Write a letter to my brother in prison. He feels so all alone sometimes.
- Buy fresh flowers for my mother-in-law for our visit this weekend. She hardly gets out these days.
- Take the family to John’s (my husband) chiropractic office for an adjustment and support.
- Pick up the phone and call my friend, whose daughter had surgery today.
- Give a box of nutrition bars to a homeless person in our neighborhood.
There are a hundred more ideas I could probably think of.
Brainstorm some of your own ideas.
It takes little effort to do these things, but it takes even less effort not to do them!
The world would be a better place for you and me, if we took just a little time every day to be there for those around us.
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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is an excerpt of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs.
May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine. Annette