“Give generously, live joyfully, love abundantly.” ~ Anonymous
We were blessed with some warm days last week. The sun’s rays tapped the sleeping bulbs around the yard, causing some to spring out of bed. One daffodil even has a bud! Upon inspection, I whispered: “You are up too early and will be caught out in the cold” but it ignored my warnings and continued sunbathing.
My climbing roses did the same, presenting me with one lone bud in January, an early Valentines present. This week Ol’ Man Winter blew into town bearing his own gifts — frigid temperatures accompanied with snow. Although I could not save the over achieving plants in my yard, I did provide warmth and extra food for Puss E Cat (the Fairfield House squatter).
I also made sure all the bird feeders were full. These animals have come to depend on me to sustain life during hard times. As I watched the birds feed on seed, I thought about people.
We all go through tough times — financially, spiritually, emotionally, physically — and the world can be cold. Have you ever nourished a starving soul? We may be at that moment, a source of survival for someone. I’m not just referring to a stranger on the street, or the unkept, apparently homeless man, but those people closest to us, the ones we tend to take for granted, the ones that know we care, that know they are loved — your spouse, children, aging parents, siblings, neighbors, co-workers.
We are all hungry to connect with others, to be seen and heard. People have a tendency to make grand gestures without hesitation, things that are recognized and rewarded as doing good — feeding the hungry, building habitats for humanity, walking for cures of all types. Yet, many overlook the importance of small deeds. Giving yourself — kindness, patience, understanding encouragement, attention, assistance, time and love — inspires and enables more of the same warming the heart, even on the coldest, snowing winter days.