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These Things
Currently serving the people of Honduras for 3 years

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Borrowing words . . .

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Welcome to my world this week
It looks like this outside

Brrrr - I've just can't seem to get warm

but I gotta admit - it is beautiful . . .




Everyone once in a while I just have to borrow from a friend . . .

I loved these words, just wanted to share . . .

My friend writes . . . I have a flat top stove that is really hard to keep clean. In fact, in the 8 ½ years that I’ve lived here, my stove has never been completely clean. I wipe it off and scrub at it for as long as I can stand to, but it continues to build up black rings of crud around each burner. Recently, my sister got me going on a routine in which I’m supposed to spend just 5 minutes twice a day working on a “Hot Spot,” an area of my home where clutter collects. As I was marveling at how much I could get done when I was racing against that 5 minute timer, I glanced at my stove and wondered how much of that burned on crud I could get off if I concentrated on it for just 5 minutes. Using muscle and a scouring pad, I got about 3 inches of one of the black rings off. It was such a little bit, but it was progress. I decided to keep at it, and after a couple of weeks, just a little bit at a time but about 1 ½ hours combined, my stove was completely clean!! I would never, never, never spend 1 ½ hours scrubbing my stove. But 5 minutes I could do. Just 5 minutes works miracles!

It’s the little things we do: 5 minutes scrubbing at a stove; a phone call to the ladies we visit teach; a smile and a moment to say hello; a few minutes to ask about someone's children; a little bit of time helping with humanitarian needs. It's the little things we do that, when combined, make such a big difference and unite us.

How did you know that's just what I needed?

Yep, that's what I think too - it's the little things . . .




14 comments:

Elaine said...

That is a gorgeous picture!

And I agree... it's the little things that matter most! They are what lead to the bigger things in life ;)


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Sue said...

This concept is pretty motivating. What a good way to look at things.

=)

Momza said...

This concept of focused energy always gets me going! THanks for the inspirational pic too!
Life is exciting and joyful!

Shewinn8 said...

Loved the post! I needed that reminder because I feel like I have been spinning my wheels a little lately. Maybe a trip to where there was snow would lift my spirits. lol

Shewinn8 said...

BTW: I think the celebrity you most resemble is Suzanne Somers. You both have that gorgeous smile. :)

Pedaling said...

perfect thing to read and remember this morning and always.
thanks.

Joy For Your Journey said...

I totally agree! And I love your picture. It makes me want to play in the snow and then drink hot chocolate.

Molly said...

beautiful photo, it's snowing like crazy in my neck of the woods too.

It's so true, little bits of perspective are perfect reminders of how lucky I am in my life.

Loralee and the gang... said...

Perfect thought for the day...thank you!

Andrea said...

Yep, it's always the little things.

Nikia, May and da kids said...

I agree with the 5 mins.
You can do so much thoughtfully in that small amount of time.
Thank you for sharing that bit of sunshine = )

May

kate said...

What a beautiful picture and I do love the five min idea. Great post. Sorry I haven't been a great blogging friend with so much going on but thanks so much for your great comments in a time of much change for me.

Victoria said...

Ah... hotspots. It is a Flylady term. I love Flylady. She is right up my alley. It is the Sesame Street version of tackling a job. You move on before the boredom sets in! I need to get back into that groove.

Nancy@ifevolutionworks.com said...

I agree!! It IS the little things that make a difference. And most of them require almost no effort at all.

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