Hello everyone! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
I hope that you all had a most wonderful Christmas
and amazing New Year filled with the joy of family, friends and making beautiful memories.
I took a blog break to spend time with my family
which included a trip to surprise my mom.
During the Holidays, I, like many of you, have wonderful memories
of Christmases past.
While searching for a pen to write down an address,
memories came flooding back of a Christmas day many, many years ago.
A memory of a kind heart. A memory of . . . it was more than just a pen.
When the memory of “the pen” came rushing back into my mind,
I was also thinking about New Year’s resolutions.
Truth be told, I am not really into New Year’s Resolutions.
However, I wanted to set a goal . . . a realistic one.
My goal this year and every year to come
for that matter is to make someone smile every day.
Whether it be a compliment, a comment to someone’s boss of a job well done,
taking the time to listen, making someone feel good when you know
they are in an uncomfortable, awkward, or sad situation and
letting someone know how much they mean/meant to you . . .
So what does “it was more than a pen” have to do with
New Year’s resolutions and a Tulip arrangement of Christmas colors?
Well as for the flowers, they do make you smile . . . don’t they?
Great! I hopefully made you smile!
Now, here is the story of the pen:
Long ago, my dad said that Christmas gifts that year were not
going to be abundant, because in a month, our family of 6 will be a family of 7.
That meant the remainder of the hospital and doctor bills will be due soon.
My dad asked us if we only wished for one thing, what would it be?
All I wanted was this special pen. It was state of the art.
You could use an ink cartridge or fill it with ink from the bottle.
Now to me that was amazing.
Under the tree that Christmas morning was my pen. I was a happy camper.
That day, I ran over to my friend’s house to see what Santa had brought her.
She always got the prettiest things.
When I arrived, as always, there were many boxes of pretties.
My friend asked what I received for Christmas. I proudly pulled out the pen
from my jacket pocket and showed it to her with such excitement.
I guess it wasn’t very exciting to her as she thought that a pen was a silly gift.
My smile of excitement quickly deflated.
Her dad had been observing the conversation and
quickly came over and wanted to see the pen.
What a great pen he said! He said it was a fine gift and would love one for himself.
Yes, he took the time to make someone feel good in an awkward situation
and I never forgot that.
You see, it was not just a pen. It was a symbol of so many things.
It was a gift from the heart from my mom and dad and I received a “gift” of compassion
from someone who made a little girl feel good about the Christmas gift she received.
I often think about the people who made a difference in my life.
People who truly brought me joy.
This past Fall I traveled to the West Coast of Florida to accompany my hubby to a
Baseball tournament. I knew that we would be a couple hours away from someone who
had been a great mentor in my life . . . we had worked together for over 20 years.
It was my opportunity to visit her and tell her again, how much she meant to me.
I was so glad that I took the time to visit her. It truly made my heart happy!
So this year, let’s all take that extra mile, literally and figuratively,
to make someone happy as it can only make you happy too!
Have a most beautiful day making someone happy!! Happy New Year!!!!