Just my Thoughts


Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.

– Emily Kimbrough

I am continually amazed at the resilience of the human body but, more importantly at the resilience of the human soul.  We are living in a time were people are suffering – whether from disease, overwork, lack of work, family strife.  The list is endless.   And, the problem – on top of the suffering – is the isolation such suffering causes.

We need to look around at those who live in our areas.  We need to help up those we can.  We need to hold the hands of others so the stumbling is not as evident.  Trust me!  But for the grace of God go any of us.

We all need such encouragement and often we forget that it’s okay not to be the pillar of strength when life has us by the tail.

I have been the person who has needed the hand of a friend.  I needed a good friend when my marriage ended, one that knew what services were available for me to help get me back on my feet.  I needed a friend who could help me find child care and a new place to live.  I had that friend back then.  She and I are still friends to this day.  If she had not given me a hand, pointed me in the right direction, who knows what my life – and the lives of my children – would be like now?

When you can, look to those people you see weekly in the grocery store.  Instead of yelling or muttering under your breath when you do not get the shortest line, wonder what in their lives might be a struggle for them at this time.  Smile at them.  Say hello.  Spread some cheer in someone’s life.

Friends are precious, not just in the sunshine of life, but especially in the shade.

Go spread some cheer today!  Send that letter!  Smile at that person!

16 thoughts on “Imperfection

  1. You are good to remind us – there is a universe in everybody’s world that we don’t know, and often those people are carrying around sadness and pain. And we ought to extend our hand when we can – as you say, we will need it in return someday. The other thing is that I often think that reaching out to others is often a very effective way to make ourselves aware of our good fortune and our blessings.
    Thank you for this.

    1. I agree totally with you, Lindsey – “reaching out to others is often a very effective way to make ourselves aware of our good fortune and our blessings.”

  2. I do agree that so often we overlook those around us who need our help, who would benefit so much from a simple smile or hello. I’ll take it a step beyond the grocery store: how many people do you know that might be the best friend in the world but has absolutely no patience or generosity for his/her spouse/parent/sister/etc.? I know people who will drive to the ends of the earth to do me a favor, but then won’t do one nice thing for their immediates. Those we assume will always be around are the ones we take for granted most.

    1. Liz – I should have been more cognizant of family as I was writing this. I had just returned from visiting my sister in the hospital as she had had her thyroid removed. I was one of the only family members she told of the surgery.

  3. Such an important and timely reminder. I have been trying very hard lately to give people the benefit of the doubt: bad drivers, rude strangers. As you point out, you never know what somebody might be going through internally that shapes her exterior.

    1. It is hard to remember, in a world that seems smaller thanks to online community, that not everyone knows who we are and we do not know who everyone else is.

  4. Amazing post. A reminder that I often need… to stop and smile, slow down, recognize the other people around me. I pride myself on usually being very friendly to strangers, I say thank you to everyone and will chat with anyone if they seem interested. but there are the days where my patience runs thin and I probably come across as rude or rushed. A smile does a lot in someone’s day (it does in mine!) and it’s so easy.

    Thanks Nicki!

    1. You are more than welcome, Becca! I sometimes am afraid I come across as rude and know I come across as rushed. I am working to slow down.

  5. I once heard a quote that said something like “you can never go wrong with service!” I agree with that. When something good pops into my mind, I try to act on it. Undoubtedly, I will feel better in the long run.

  6. I often think about those people who have touched my life for the better. From the major help when I was desperate to the kind comment of a stranger, these people have made a difference to me and help remind me to make a difference for others.

    1. You are right, Charlotte. I have had those people, too, who have helped pull me up when I needed it or helped me get the groceries and the kids in the car.

    1. Thanks for coming by, Aidan! It is hard to know what is going on in the lives of others but those circumstances that we don’t know may make the difference in way we view people. Sad but true.

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