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Wisdom found in odd places...

Sunday, March 14, 2010

I was watching one of the few 'reality' shows I consider worth watching--EXTREME MAKEOVERS:HOME EDITION-- yesterday, where a team goes in and rebuilds homes for people in need, either because of disasters, personal injury/illness, and because they give a service and/or provide inspiration to their community. It's a wonderful show, and every episode has a happy ending. One of the guest recipients made a comment that when you do good things, good things come to you... how true! LOL

Another thing really struck me though. The team built a home for this family who had extra room on their property where they try to offer homeless people a place to rebuild their lives. Considering the things that have happened in my own life in the last year or so, it really touched me. The shelter the family offered wasn't much but it was a start-- and the team not only built a new home for this family, they took their old home and renovated and upgraded it so it too was beautiful.

Then the host, Ty Pennington, offering his commendation to the family, made the remark that the people they helped now would have a better chance of learning and moving forward, because now they too would have a beautiful place to live, and 'where you live is a reflection of how you feel about yourself.' And the wife said that the people they take in become part of the family, and learn that they are important, that they count for something...

Seems to me they are wiser than they know.

Think about it. Doesn't that also apply to how we take care of ourselves? We struggle with the outer things, the weight loss and attending health issues, and often don't stop to consider that it is a manifestation of how we feel about ourselves. We treat ourselves as if others were more important, that we don't count. But we are part of the family of all mankind, and each one of us really IS important, we DO count for something...

I think that old Golden Rule works both ways... we need to treat others as we would wish to be treated, but we also need to treat ourselves as kindly as we would if we were someone else!

Today I am going to try my best to be as entertaining, kind and comforting, encouraging, and wise for myself as I would if I were my own honored guest...

Wish me luck! LOL
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  • VXWALL1942
    What a wonderful and inspiring blog. Your words brought me to a point of reflection and recognition. Knowing how to care for ourselves creates the proper environment for doing for others. I'm afraid when we put ourselves last we give the impression we are less worthy and that is simply not true. Keep the faith...you and I are strong and important. Love yourself first so that you may be lovable.

    vicki emoticon
    3960 days ago
  • LITTLEWIND53
    Very profound and deeply appreciated. Thank you for sharing.
    3961 days ago
  • MOMMA_BEAR_69
    Kathy,
    What a wonderful blog!!! I so agree with your statement..."Today I am going to try my best to be as entertaining, kind and comforting, encouraging, and wise for myself as I would if I were my own honored guest..."
    I hope you don't mind if I copy it and post it on my refrigerator door. I really want to remember this.
    Best of luck to you, my friend!!
    Blessings and hugs,
    Helen
    3961 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1266486
    It seems you've struck a chord again, Kathy. Keep them coming!
    Cathy emoticon
    3964 days ago
  • DONNAKHA
    Adopting the "help others" and "take care of yourself" mind-set are very much in line with The Spark Way. You are very clever to notice that so many of us are only good at one half of the equation.

    As the mother of three, I have spent a lifetime putting my own needs last, but I am now trying hard to turn that around where my health is concerned. I like to encourage others on SP to "get stubborn and selfish" about maintaining consistency in making healthy choices. It seems to me that SparkStreaks of small goals are an often overlooked, very powerful motivator to do so. So many Sparkers start out strong but lose momentum.

    So good for you for turning your helpful nature inward. Who in the world could be more deserving than YOU?

    SPARK ON!
    3968 days ago
  • JANNIEWANNIE
    Good Luck by all means. Thank you for sharing this tremendously powerful insight. How did we become so estranged from our own selves? I guess the answer doesn't matter if we live in the solution. I am so grateful for this wisdom you shared today. Hugs from Janet in central Illinois.
    3968 days ago
  • WOWEETOO
    my son worked on one of those extreme makeover housesin kirkland i think several years ago..he said it was the most wonderful thing and he had such a good time it rained all week and that was the one where they redidthe swimmingpool and built a garage and all that hoohah he sure was excited about being there and doing that
    the lady mary
    3968 days ago
  • SANDRAFIVE
    This has given me a lot to think about. I do need to be as helpful to myself as I am to others. Thanks.
    3968 days ago
  • CALAMITYJANE44
    Beautiful sentiments indeed. I believe firmly in the law of sowing and reaping. If you sow goodness into your own life as well as others' lives you will reap a good harvest!

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    3968 days ago
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