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Lions, Lambs and funeral luncheons

Mother Nature has been mercurial again – here March roared in like a lion, with freezing temps, bitter cold, blowing snow and lashing sleet.   All this after a mid-February warm up to nearly 70F.  The latest round felt like a mid-winter spanking. Are we safe to assume March will leave like a lamb?  I’m not so sure.

A friend passed away last Sunday ~ shockingly young, leaving a wife and two children plus a business and employees to take care of.  We struggled to absorb the news and rally around our friend.  As expected, a call went out for food and folks didn’t disappoint.  At the wake Friday night, were crocks full of hot foods like meatballs, macaroni and cheese, Sloppy Joe’s, Fettuccine Alfredo and Lasagna plus trays of cakes, cookies and squares, salads, raw vegetables, fresh fruit, deviled eggs, boiled shrimp, crackers and cheese, a  baked ham and the fixings for sandwiches.

There’s something so comforting about being able to help at a time of sadness. 

Many commented on the abundance of foods and I thought of Mom and my Auntie and all the times they’d done the same. It’s nice to be part of a community that comes together and provides sustenance when needed.

Later that evening, reflecting on the day, Hubbs and I chuckled at how we’d both observed the same thing: older gentlemen – every one of them had a big slab of cake (sometimes two), cookies or brownies on their plate ~ we laughed about how we could see my Dad or his Grandpa doing the same – how they knew enough to”go for the good stuff first.

Co-mingled in the sadness is a lingering feeling of fellowship, the memory of a room growing loud with laughter and toasts to a good man.

And as the wind howls outside here today, no lambs are in sight.

**   How does your family or community navigate loss?  Are you experiencing Lambs or Lions where you live? **

 

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Hello, March

Breaking records for the coldest February since 1892 I’m happy to see March’s arrival.  It’s hard to believe Spring is only a few weeks away!

And with that I give you Plume the cat.  His attitude to snow is similar to mine — put your head down and get through it!

 

“No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.”~Proverb

Are you having Spring Fever, too?

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T-h-i-n-k

I learned a new acronym and just have to share it with you all … before we speak – THINK:

T – Is it true?
H – Is it helpful?
I – Is it inspiring?
N – Is it necessary?
K – Is it kind?

..::..

T – Is it true?

Is what you’re about to share true? How do you know for sure?   And even if it is, does it need to be told?

H – Is it helpful?

Is what you’re about to share going to better the one hearing it? Or do you just need to get something off of your chest?  Check your mood – are you exasperated, tired, angry or sad?  Sometimes words we’d choose in the midst of those moods are not the ones we’d choose when things are going our way.

I – Is it inspiring?

Is what you’re about to say going to inspire another? Is it going to uplift and encourage?   My mother’s words come to mind here, “For every time he annoys you or does something you think is stupid, remember he’s had the same thoughts about you.”

N – Is it necessary?

Is it necessary to verbalize every thought we have?  Do we have something to prove?  Someone to “one-up?”  Would you pick the same words in front of a room full of friends and family? Church friends? Work colleagues?  If you wouldn’t then, why now?

I can’t count how many times I’ve cringed as a husband or wife blurted out a comment meant to put their spouse in their place.  I can’t tell you how badly I felt when their words hit the mark. It’s not nice and it makes everyone around uncomfortable.  Even if something’s true – she’s a lousy cook, he’s a messy housemate or so and so is perpetually late – does it need to be said?

K – Is it kind?

“An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.”  Proverbs 12:25

Would you enjoy your words being plastered on the front page of the newspaper?  Is what you’re sharing something you’d be happy to hear?

What do your words say about you?

Wise men speak because they have something to say;  fools because they have to say something.” – Plato

I’ve been a fool before; it’s my intention to be wise.

Categories: Faith, Family, Home, Life, Opinion, Personal, Relationships, Thoughts, Wisdom | Tags: , , , , , , | 39 Comments

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