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The Impact of Support

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

I know there are times when we may all feel disconnected from the world. When our actions seem like they are of no major consequence, and we feel like we exist in our own vacuum. I felt this way myself a lot of times and simply want to shut myself off from everything and everybody. But, the truth of the matter is that our simplest thoughts or actions - the decisions we make each day, and how we see and relate to the world are incredibly significant and have a profound impact on the lives of those around us, as well as the world at large. Think about it. Yes, we all have our own faiths and beliefs as our corner stone of support but we must also remember to think of the earth and everything on it as being bound by God's invisible connection between people, animals, plants, the air, the water, and the soil. Therefore any and all as insignificant as we think our actions are, whether positive or negative, have an impact on people and the environment that seem entirely separate from our personal realm of existence. So, staying conscious of the interconnection between all things can help us think of our choices and our lives in terms of the broader effect we may be creating.

Think of buying a wooden stool. The wood was once part of a tree which is part of the creator's forest. A person was paid to fell the tree, another to cut the wood, and yet another to build the stool. Their income may have had a positive effect on their families, just as the loss of the tree may have had a negative impact on the forest or the animals that made that tree their home. So, likewise, an encouraging word to another can influence their choices so that with consistency, commitment support motivation from others they can change their lives for the better. Even a small but meaningful word written "merely" to express oneself can make a stranger reading it online from thousands of miles away feel less alone because there is someone else out there who feels exactly the way they do.

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    I'm always in awe how everything is interconnected. I am surprised how many people do not recognize this.
    1769 days ago
    Proverbs 3:27
    Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do it.

    Proverbs 31:26
    She opens her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

    Sounds like your mom had that part down!! What an amazing blessing you have in the example you were shown and the good memories you have of your mother!

    1769 days ago
    This is so true Turtle. Last year I witnessed just how much impact our very existence touches other people. My mother passed away last year, and she and I were very close. One day when she was not feeling very well, and not dealing with the effects of radiation very well....she made a comment to me about how she felt like she hadn't really done that much in her life for other people. As I listened to her...I couldn't believe just how meek my mother was. She really didn't have any idea how much her life had touched people. My mother gave so much to others through the years. If we had a neighbor in need, she was the first one there to help. I've seen her help put out wildfires, bring food for a sick neighbor, take food to a family who just lost a loved one, a present to welcome a new baby, or clothing to a family who just lost a house to fire, whatever the need, my mother was there and willing to do whatever was needed. I shared my feelings with her, but I could tell she thought I was just being her daughter :). A few weeks after that conversation, my mother passed away. I was reminded of that conversation when I saw all of her friends and neighbors attending her funeral, and heard all of the kind, loving things they had to say about her. She impacted our small community more than she ever knew. God bless you on your journey and thank you again for sharing this.
    1769 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/10/2013 6:19:40 AM
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