Saturday, September 7, 2013

Perspective.....

It was one of those mornings not unlike any other I had been having lately.  An errand needed.. no, demanded! ... to be accomplished before I could even had the time to wash the sleep from my eyes.  Weeks of non-stop projects working on our new cottage, plus, the addition of working on my mother-in-law's home in another state, were taking its toll. It was all becoming too much to bear.  I'm not the type to wake up joyless, but I was. 


Parked in front of the bank, waiting for it to open, waiting to tick this errand off my "to-do" list, I was feeling lackluster.  Feeling joyless, yet again, at the start of another day. 

My eyes were glazed over blankly starring straight ahead... feeling numb.  Waiting for the strength to venture in. Until the sight of a solitary man passed by.  He was dressed crisply in freshly pressed khaki pants and a short-sleeved, summer-white, button-down shirt with hair neatly combed back.  "Fresh as a daisy", my grandmother would have said.  I marveled at how he could pull himself together at such an early hour.  I also marveled at how his hobbling along, at a measured pace, cane in hand, didn't deny him the ability to put a peaceful expression on his face.. undeterred by a disability.  My eyes became focused.

Someone was speaking to me.


As I entered the main lobby of the bank, this gentleman was in
front of the only teller, tending to his financial business.  I slipped into a chair, glad for the chance to just sit, waiting for my turn. Hoping he would take his time.  Picking up the local paper, my eyes perused the news.  That is until a strong, male voice took over my senses.


"Beautiful morning, isn't it?"  as his voice boomed out.

The teller responded with the obligatory "Yes".

"And you know what we say?"  Not waiting for the teller to respond again, he continued on.

"We say "thank you"!  Thank you, God, for this gift!  This beautiful gift You've given us!  This gift that You have given us so that we may do great things today.  Help me make the best of this day so that I may honor You."

I didn't hear a word in response.  Perhaps the teller was taken aback.  Perhaps just a simple smile was all that she felt was needed. I really don't know. 

With that small bit of advice given to those within earshot, he turned around, and with cane in hand he hobbled back out the door.

Sitting there, I had taken in each word.  
I had been given a message.
And I heard it loud and clear!


Linking with:  You'll Shoot Your Eye Out

26 comments:

  1. Wow, what a great post! And what a wise man, I'd say that was good timing!

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  2. message to be heeded by all. thanks for passing this one.

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  3. It's so nice when we are open to hearing the message. I love when that happens and I can see you did too!

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  4. Sometimes we just need to hear inspiring words to bring things into perspective...Take care...

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  5. Oh Kadee, this brings tears to my eyes. What a beautiful post !!
    Thank you so much for sharing.

    Hugs, Wilma.
    Shabbby Royale.

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  6. So lovely, Kadee! A lesson for us all - thanks for sharing it!

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  7. Your post is a reflection of how I have been doing my very best to embrace the best in each day and to remember there are those so much worse off than I at the moment. I am truly grateful for all I am and have. Your words are beautifully written dear...thank you. I think this message gives us a chance to redial our priorities and blessings...

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  8. so beautiful! the photos are gorgeous too!

    Blessings to you ♥

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  9. Oh Kadee....you have no idea how much I needed to read this this evening. I, too, have been feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, stressed, forgotten by God, and just plain angry with Him for seemingly not hearing my pleading prayers. I know that He sometimes speaks to us through others, and maybe I just haven't been listening close enough to those around me. Thank you for this gentle reminder, my friend. You have blessed me today...♥

    xoox laurie

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  10. Kadee,

    I am truly inspired! Like some of your readers' comments above, I have been going through some difficult times this summer, especially. Your message was delivered to you when you least expected it. Funny how you tuned in, but the teller probably didn't even hear it! Perspective, as you said. It makes you wonder how many messages there are out there, every day, in the most routine things and usual places. I am grateful for many things in my life, and am praying and hoping for others. Your breathtaking photos made me smile with wonder and joy. Thanks for sharing

    Poppy

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  11. Oh, how I needed to read this today, Kadee. I have been down and out with life handing me trials to bear and no time for myself. The self pity was getting heavy to carry. Thank you for posting this. I believe I am going to accomplish a lot today and I'll do it with a smile on my face. I hope you are feeling vibrant today. ♥

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  12. Wow! That is powerful. I'm hearing it loud and clear today too. I've been SO incredibly busy (and sleep deprived because of it) that it has been hard to remain joyful. I am so blessed to be where I am in my life at this moment that I have no right to have anything but joy. Thank you for sharing from the heart. This is why when I see one of your posts it is always a must click :)

    Blessings to you dear Kadee,
    Patti

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  13. Back to say I've placed your button on my sidebar as my "Favorite Blog of the Week". Hugs, Patti

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  14. Oh, what a beautiful story.

    Thank You.

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  15. Great post sometimes we get reminded in the most unexpected places.

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  16. What a beautiful post filled with glorious photos and some very inspiring words. How often we forget to sit back and be thankful that we have another day to enjoy. Thanks for the reminder.

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  17. oh! what a love-ly thing to think about. actually, your description reminded me of my dad... how he looked all showered, spiffed up after work, and walking us to the Little League field to buy a snowcone. The simple things - we have to remember to thank our maker!

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  18. Morning Kadee,
    what a wonderful post...........and what a bold gentleman..........certainly a great message for us all...........kinda makes you wonder could he have been an angel of the Lord or just a joyfully obedient believer, either way the message was loud and clear.
    Love this post, also loved these glorious photos, they were a perfect accent to this
    writing........
    Hope you are doing well, haven't been by for awhile, but think the last I heard
    you were moving, so guess you have moved by now. Hope you are liking your new home and surroundings.........bet you really like your bank now! lol

    Blessings Galore hon,
    Nellie

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  19. what a joyful entry, i do love the happy people!! they can change your mood and the mood of an entire room, in seconds!!

    you are lucky to have a home, to be keeping you so busy. many people here at the jersey shore lost their homes during super storm sandy. 1000's are still homeless!!

    have a great week ahead!!

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  20. Isnt it wonderfull when we actually listen and hear when a message is being sent our way:). This is a post that was meant to be learned, reflected upon, written and shared. It certainly helps one break free of any negative feelings and to smile and embrace the day. Truly beautiful. Thanks for joining in on Song-ography!

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  21. Sounds like you were sent an "angel" that morning to remind you to really "see" the day as a fresh clean slate waiting for you to "make you mark" on it!! We have all been where you are when the joy just seems to escape us and the treadmill takes over taking us along whether we notice or not. Prayers that it will get better and the clouds will lift so you may truly see the "Sonshine" in your heart and soul. Blessings and thanks for sharing such a beautiful start to your day with all of us! Linda

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    1. Linda... so beautifully said! And so appreciated! Especially loved the "Sonshine" and feeling it today! Thanks so much for dropping by!

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  22. Sometimes...when I am having an unfortunate day, it is a smile from someone that affects me the most. A slight turn upwards of the lips and it can lighten my day. That's it, a smile. I try to give them as often as possible and just perhaps maybe I too will be able to lighten someones day.
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

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