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Something so small

Friday, August 14, 2009

I am sitting on the phone trying to pay my son's tuition bill. It is taking forever. The system at his college is so hard to use and not at all user friendly. To compare it to the other college I have had to deal with I hate it. There is no fast and easy way to do anything. They put you on hold for a half hour when it could all be avoided with an easy to navigate website. This in turn puts more pressure on their personnel. They continually frustrate me with how difficult it is to manuver or get anything accomplished. It is almost as though they don't want to be contacted, even to take your money from you! Go figure!!!!
People don't seem to care about customer service any more either have you noticed? People aren't really taught to care about another's feelings or time. We've become so selfish and uncaring. It takes so little to make a big difference. Kids can't count back change and don't know what was plain basics to us not that long ago. My husband sent me an e-mail about a teenager working at Mc D's and they didn't even know the difference between half a dozen and six. I'd laugh except I was crying so hard. What has happened to our society??

A little smile goes a hundred miles. You can hear a smile on the telephone you know. My husband is such a sweetie and now my kids are too. They help out the cart guys at Walmart by making sure the carts are neat and orderly in the stalls and they always take a cart in when they go to lighten the load. Then it takes less work for the cart guys to do their job. When we go out and eat, mind you my daughter is a waitress, they always leave the table easy to clean by consolidating the plates and the trash. They used to call it being considerate of others. I don't know what it is called nowadays. My daughter will do the little things when waiting on her customers that make them want to come back and sit at her tables. Yes ,she knows it translates into bigger tips, but the things she does make the experience much more enjoyable. She is constantly looking for ways to improve. Why have we lost that?
Today what can we do to make someone else's life a little better? Can we make someone's bad day a little better just because we walked into it? Are you a giver or a taker in this life? Just for today let's put our own wants and desires aside and think about others for a change. Imagine the difference we can make by doing something so small.

  
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SHUTRBUG1 8/14/2009 12:48PM

    A smile feels better than a frown on your face. Taking the extra step to help someone makes YOU feel even better than it makes them. I agree that courtesy and customer service seem to be missing from many businesses. I try to greet my server or check-out person with a big smile, and in many cases they perk up and start smiling. You're right - small things are so important.

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Convictions and compliance

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Finally feeling better and my brain is thinking again. Now I know where my youngest son gets his ability to think! He thinks far deeper and longer than I do on things, but I can finally see where he gets some of his personality!

Compliance is a real issue in our society and probably every society on earth. Our probation system is built on compliance. Our laws are detirmined to make people behave in a certain way or to choose to behave a certain way. Laws are usually not made for those who get along with others, but for those who create waves that upset people. This is good. It helps keep order in a world of chaos. But not all of this is good. Sometimes we need to buck the traditions of our life and move ahead in bold new ways. As a christian I am reminded of people that I admire like Moses and Esther. They did what was unpopular and are hearalded to this day for their heroics and steadfastness in the face of adversity. Moses stood against the only family he had ever really known and said enough is enough. Esther stood against the one who could have put her to death in an instant because she dared to buck the system. Then you also have those in political office who do what is unpopular and risk being voted out for their views. Some and very few will stand for what is right though it cost them everything. It takes guts and the putting aside of our fears.
We have opportunities on a daily basis to stand for what is right even when it is unpopular. Yet many times we sit silent out of fear or lack of confidence. We need to begin to rise up and say what needs to be said and do what needs to be done. Again as a chrtistian I am reminded of Jesus own words." if you will be ashamed of me here on earth, I will be ashamed of you before my father." Non christians too can stand for what is right and what they believe. In our country we have more freedom to do this than many other countries and I am glad even when I may not agree with what is spoken. What it boils down to I guess is where is your passion? Do you believe enough that you are willing to die for it? If not that's okay, you stand there with millions. Do you beileve it enough to stand and hold to it in your family? on the job? in your schools? If not let me ask you this. Are you sure you really BELIEVE in what you say you believe in. Belief and passion should go hand in hand. What can I be more passionate about today? Who knows maybe when I die others will remember what I did for years to come because I stood and refused to comply with the same old same old. Dare to be the one who does not remain silent any more. Break through the mind set of,"Well this is the way it has always been done." Or just because everyone else seems to think it is okay doesn't neccessarily make it so. Dare to be different and stand by what your heart and your convictions tell you.

  
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3CATSLEP 8/13/2009 8:34PM

    Oh, Cindy, that is a terrific blog!!!!! emoticon I am proud to be an American! emoticon I am proud to be a Christian! emoticon and I am proud to be your friend! emoticon

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Not feeling well

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Not feeling good this morning. Maybe allergies. I woke this morning like the last three with a headache and this morning probably didn't have enough on the stomach to add an Excederine to so the stomach is upset. I want to feel good today with my baby coming home. I have so much to do as always. If I could find the source of the discomfort and alleviate it, I would be one happy camper about now! Hopefully the day won't be too long.

  
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3CATSLEP 8/11/2009 3:35PM

    I hope you feel better soon emoticon

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BUTTERCUP76 8/11/2009 3:23PM

    Sorry you don't feel good today, I hope it gets better. Enjoy your time with your "baby". And thanks for your comments on the blog I posted yesterday, it's comments like yours that keep me going. I also wanted to let you know I really enjoyed your water/coke info. now I know how to get those grease stains out of my kids clothes. emoticon

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Do I have your attention??

Monday, August 10, 2009

I am just getting going for the day.
When I came home last night at midnight one of the lambs was bawling for its mother. I chased it back to the others and it got quiet, but this morning there it was bawling again. I counted the sheep and they were all there. The poor little thing had gone hoarse calling out for its mother. I don't know why mom didn't respond. You know we do that sometimes too. We are searching and searching for something. We get frantic only to find it sitting right there in front of us where it was the whole time. Sometimes, too, it is our children making noise hoping we will see and interact with them. Yet so many times we are so busy running around "living" that we fail to acknowledge them.
So today I want to look for the obvious as far as my weight loss is concerned. I want to notice what has been staring me in the face for all these years. I want to change what needs to be changed so I can stop wasting energy on the unimportant things. Too I want to make sure that my children don't have to yell and scream to get my atttention. I want them to know they have it the first time they call out for me.

  
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3CATSLEP 8/11/2009 8:55AM

    What a beautiful comparison! Another lovely blog. Thank you for writing it. emoticon

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IUHRYTR 8/10/2009 10:28PM

    Children can be frustrating but they do look to their parents as role models. Good attitude you have toward them. -- Lou

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Don't define today by the past.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Don't let the past define you. Everyone of us has the ability to do something today that we did not do yesterday. Just because we may have grown up with poor self esteem dosen't mean we have to have it today. Because we grew up with dysfunctional parents or siblings, doesn't mean we can't rise above it and become someone great. No matter how bad our past may have been, today is a NEW day. We can be happy in that if nothing else. Because we blew our goals or didn't achieve something great in the past says nothing about what our future can be. If we surround ourselves with people who tell us we can do it and that we are people of worth, we will begin to believe it in time. Be careful what thoughts you allow your mind to entertain. Do what you have to, not neccessarily what someone else may have done. Dare to be different, others will someday thank you for it. We, and only we, limit our own selves and what we can achieve. Tomorrow's dreams begin today. Let us each dare not to be confined with the can'ts of yesterday. Let us define tomorrow by the dreams we have allowed to remain hidden for too long. Our weakness of the past can become our greatest strength today. Our greatest pain can be trasformed into to our shining glory. Rise up and quit living with the dead.

  
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3CATSLEP 8/9/2009 9:36PM

    Amen, Amen, Amen! Another great blog! Pure positive thinking - I love it!

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KBEERY 8/9/2009 2:59PM

    Kudos to you and your blog! I agree whole heartedly, I have dwelled too long on things of the past, and when i finally let those go I felt so much better. I felt happier, more optimistic and willing to look to the NOW with no regrets of my past. emoticon

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