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Do You "I" or "O"?

This Week's Simple Tip

Let's face it ... this has been an emotionally challenging year for just about everyone. So far, I've been blessed with a safe "pandemic bubble" of family and friends but recognize that is not the case for everyone.  I see sadness all around, and try to make it a point to reach out to say hello or lend a hand to those who are shut in or alone. Having learned many great lessons from Dear Abby over the years, I want to share this one with you, asking that we all be mindful of opening our I's to become O's, especially through this challenging time.

Dear Abby,  Decades ago, while I was a college student, a friend took the time and interest to help me through a severe bout of depression. She likely saved my life. She had no special training, just a kind heart and a willing ear. At the time, I didn't realize the profound impact she had made. Our lives diverged, and I never heard from her again. Recently, I finally decided to reach out and thank her, but unfortunately, an online search revealed her 10-year-old obituary. From the notes in the guest book, I discovered she had suffered many personal hardships throughout her adult life, which contributed to her early death. Because I was not able to help her as she helped me, I want to pass along two important lessons I learned: (1) Thank people and tell them you care before it is too late, and (2) be willing to lend a hand and an ear to someone in need, because you may be that one person who affects their life. She had a saying I would like to share, which has guided my life: "Just open your 'I' and LIVE becomes LOVE." -- WITH LOVE IN MINNESOTA DEAR WITH LOVE: I'm sorry for the loss of your caring and compassionate friend. I'm glad you took the time to write and share what a meaningful role she had in your life. That she made herself available to listen when you needed it is something more people should do because we live in a stressful society in which many individuals feel lost and alone. And I love her "motto"!


This Week's Focus:

This week, look for opportunities to let others know you are thinking about them, and even helping them out in some way if possible. Don't just LIVE, show some LOVE.

Click on the serenity sticky to print, cut and post on your bathroom mirror to remind you of this week's focus.  Good luck!

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