Blessings is the theme for us this month. We are all in search of blessings in our own lives and for those around us who have seen sorrow. As we begin the holiday season, we wish blessings on those around us that we love and honor.
For inspiring Confidence, we have spoken of a need to draw from our own inner strength. No matter what the challenge is before us, a personal challenge or a global pandemic, we can draw on that inner strength. From that strength, we build confidence in our own abilities, regardless of the pitfalls in our lives.
A quote from Mother Theresa, who was the most compassionate of caregivers: “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” One of my favorite movie scenes dealing with caregiving comes from a movie with Diane Keaton called “Marvin’s Room.” Keaton is a middle-aged caregiver for her parents, and she explains to her sister, played by Meryl Streep, that it’s not the love that the parents she cares for give to her. That is not the driver and inspiration that she feels. It’s the love she can give to them. In a way, it’s one of the most unselfish acts we can bring to our parents or family or loved ones. It’s a way of letting people know that we love them and do not ask for payment in kind for the services rendered. To paraphrase the commercial, the caregiver’s love and service is ‘priceless.’
For Clarity, it’s all important to use clarity when we look for solutions to a problem. Clarity brings focus and a clear head as we make important decisions in life. And so too, when we think back on how we deal with others, there needs to be clarity and focus on each path taken and often in the words spoken. Too often, there is little thought to a careless or thoughtless phrase or dismissive comment that can be cleared up when we speak with someone later. We may find that perhaps they were not even thinking of how their words would be interpreted by others! We need to think with clarity, and speak with focus, as we move forward in our own lives. And apply that clarity to our own decisions to give us a successful path to follow.
Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others-Phillipians 2:4