We need to pray more. We need to forgive more. We need to love more. I'm really astonished at the events unfolding in the world right now. From the persecution in Iraq to the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, I just am starting to feel quite sad. It's heavy. And I'm small.
I'm really fortunate to have the time and the energy and the talent I have. And I'm amazingly blessed with a supportive network of family and friends. But why? I'm so small. Why should I have all of this?
...I think it's to give it back...
I don't know how just yet. I just don't know, but I want you all to know that that's what I think, and that's what I'm trying to do.
I paint these cards, and sketch, and dream day after day, and while at times that seems so incredibly insignificant, I don't think it is.
Mark (you may know him as Boo) has been to a few craft shows with me now, and while I think he was pretty uninspired by my flowery paintings at first, he constantly reassures me now that I'm on the right track. "People like your stuff, T."
And I think he's right. People do like my stuff. It brings real smiles to real faces. Real faces of real people. People that are going through who knows what. People who are struggling with the daily battles that all of us struggle through. They are people. And if I can give one person even a moment of delight, then I think I'm on the right track.
I'm not saying my little cards are going to change the world, but I think the sweetness, gentleness, and kindness that lends itself quite naturally to a greeting card is the same kind of sweetness, gentleness, and kindness that we are created with, and, in turn, called to give back.
What I do matters. What you do matters, too. I hope you know that. I hope you know that whatever you're tasked with today is important. How you carry yourself, how you speak, how you think...it all matters..
We are each created with a skill or talent that is unique to each of us. Maybe you listen well. Maybe you trust or nurture or empathize well. Maybe you're really good at doling out a little tough love. Whatever it is that you're gifted with, and whatever situation you find yourself in today, just please make the best of it.
Be kind, and especially be generous with the gifts you have. Our gifts really don't do us any good if we keep them to ourselves.
You matter. Your kindness, and your words, and certainly your actions matter.
So please be kind today. Keep your chin up, and say some prayers.
And now I'll get off my very tiny soap box. Okay, I'll admit, this post was mostly for me (but I shared, see see see?!). According to my blog schedule (that's right, a blog schedule...very grown up, I know. Another grown up thing...I've started a flossing routine... yep... anyway, expect posts on Tuesdays and Fridays!) I was supposed to update you on my 25While25 list, so I'll try to do that on Friday.
Happy Tuesday, everyone!