Thursday, March 10, 2011

Little Blessings

Have you ever had a little blessing?  One that came out of no where?  Let me inspire you today.
After work, I stopped by a store.  Getting into the checkout line, I heard the gentleman in front of me giving a lady directions and telling her "Have a Blessed Day - God Bless".  It caught my attention because I rarely hear that and I for one, was happy to hear it.  After all, couldn't we all use a blessed day?  Anyway, he was buying a gift bag and some tissue and such for someone's gift.  He told the cashier, he was able to pay $1.75 in cash toward it and would charge the balance.  She said the balance is .96.  He began to swipe his card.  "Stop" I said, "Don't swipe your credit card for .96.  I'm trying to get out of debt and hate seeing anyone using a credit card - don't swipe your card for that."  I handed the cashier a one dollar bill.   Stunned, the man turned and said thank you and shook my hand and gave me a "God Bless You".   The cashier handed me my .04 change and held my hand as she placed it in my hand and said, "That was so unexpected.  You will really be blessed."  I told her that I hoped so that I sure could use some!  So I checked out and my total was $6.50 and this young man who I have no idea who he was, said to the cashier, "wait - how much is her total?"  I turned to see this young, clean cut man pulling his wallet out.  "No" I said "my total is a lot more than his .96!"  He handed the cashier the money.    I just wanted to cry right there on the spot.  I gave him a hug of thanks and told him that was so nice of him and as I turned to the door, I did have tears welling up in my eyes. 

After the week I've had of everything to go wrong, my .96 turned to $6.50.   I bet the cashier couldn't believe what was happening in front of her.  I truly hope all those that witnessed this really saw God's hand at work.  In a world of protests, shootings, and other horrors I don't even want to write - here in a small quiet way - I saw blessings and God's work again happening in my life.  When I got to the car, I couldn't even speak and had to just thank God for letting me experience that and said a special prayer for the young man who paid for my belongings.   It touched my heart so much and that $6.50 had such a great impact on me.  I felt inspired again of the good that is out there.

So, here is a challenge for you.  Lets see if we can pass something on - shall we? 
Pick at least one day (or more!) and do something small for someone else.  Do you go through a toll booth?  Then tell the attendant you want to pay for the car behind you - let the attendant know that they don't know you but you just want to do it.   If you see an elderly person loading groceries, stop and help them or if someone is in line at a store behind you and looks like they need their spirits lifted, do what the young man did for me - tell the cashier you want to pay for the person behind you too - - just because.    Is there a policeman, fireman, nurse, doctor or someone who serves the public eating at a restaurant where you are eating?  Pick up their meal ticket without saying anything and go to the waitress or waiter and tell them you want to pay for their meal or tell the waiter or waitress you want to pay for their meal and have her grab the ticket for you if you are shy.    See someone working hard outside?  Drive by and hand them a bottled water.  I'm telling you--seeing it pay forward tonight for me - was inspiring to say the least and I bet you can experience it too if you just do something like I mentioned above. 

If you do my challenge to you, then stand back and see the smile on their face, or the handshake or hug you'll get - it'll brighten your day too.   And, if you do something and you believe, then be sure to throw in a God Bless You or Have a Blessed Day too!

So go get inspired...and if anyone ever reads this that hears this story from the young man - - let him know I've said special prayers for him too and how much his gesture touched my heart today.

Have you experienced a little blessing lately?  If so, post it in my comment section!  Or if you take my challenge, post me a comment and tell me what you did and what happened.  We can all use some inspiration - so share them and let others get inspired by you too!   Oh....and ....Have a Blessed Day!  ; )

Until next time.....

20 comments:

  1. I plan on doing the challenge this weekend!

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  2. Very nice blog post. It almost seems unreal!! This is something I've done from time to time. I've never gotten a return for it, but it does make you feel good!

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  3. Thanks for sharing this story. I love it when things like this happen. Makes me smile! :-)

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  4. Justc so the receiver knows it's not just a cliche' let's tell the receiver "God loves you and Jesus loves you". Then watch the blessings flow! Great blog Lo!

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  5. Thanks for the story. Just think of the possibilities this kind of action can have on the world if people can start sharing like that.
    God bless and have a great day.

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  6. the story touch my heart deeply
    in my culture the good we do , come back to you,, if you not there it goes direct to your kids
    God loves you more than your mom(s)

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  7. Dear Lorraine!

    I simply love your story. My name is Betty. I am living in Denmark with my husband ( in 40 years this year! And we still love each other very much)
    and our handicappede daughter.
    Our son is living in Barcelona.
    I have a little clinique, where I treat stress, children and youngsters with emotional and social problems, fobies, and much more.
    My cliniques name is, in danish; "Velvære med Hjertet" and in english: Welbeing with the Heart"
    I have a group on my facebook profile, called Physic Wellbeing/ Psykisk Velvære, where I every day write either a positive "saying" or something to think about, but always positive, because I am a very positive woman!

    Feel free to ask to follow this group. Mostly the "sayings" are in danish, but often, as you can see today, they are in english!

    Love
    Betty

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  8. I just read this on Bob Proctors Friday insight. Thanks for this touching story. It makes such a difference when you reach out to someone.
    Many thanks and have a wonderful day :)

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  9. Beautiful story, thank you for sharing it with the bob proctor network
    Xo

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  10. What a beautiful story. I have been blessed by God in so many ways. I am trying to do the same thing that you did every chance I get. There is so much more to life than things. Take time to love God's children and he will shower you will love.

    Thank you for sharing this. I read it on Bob Proctor's Friday email.

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  11. After being picked up by "Insight of the Day" you will have tons of comments now. I've paid for policeman's breakfast when I saw them sitting in a restaurant and they didn't know who done it! I used to frequent this little cafe where there were older persons eating breakfast and at different times I'd pay for a couple's breakfast without them knowing who done it! Another time I saw a policeman paying at a quicktrip and I paid for his snacks save for his cigarets. He knew I was paying. I haven't had the experience but perhaps it is God's way by giving me the funds and means to be able to be an angel to someone else. Have a super great day.
    http://mysouthwestramblings.blogspot.com/

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  12. Writers pass forward what they live every day - just as you have. You might not have millions of readers, but you have some, and more importantly onKe - that being yourself. When you read your own thoughts as you put pen to paper, or fingers to keys you solidify your thoughts and make them firmer in your own mind. ...and you never know to whom God's whispering winds will bring them. Somebody payed them forward so I could read them this morning, and I'm sure that means thousands have.
    Thank you.

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  13. Wonderful insight. You are truly blessed.

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  14. What a series of shared beautiful moments! I read this about 5 minutes ago, and was so moved by it - compelled to respond to your blog at once. Thank you for sharing here, and in every other way you share your love with others.

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  15. What a great story--made my eyeballs sweat. :) Imagine a world where everyone practiced this philosophy on a daily basis. Hope this blog finds its way into many a heart.

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  16. Thanks for sharing. God Bless you.

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  17. I thought I will write my experience here...I am an Indian, and I am a visitor to UK a 3rd time.When in Uk for the 3rd time,I didnt have any change with me, because I never was in need of change at the airport.This time I was simply waiting to get a trolley to take my luggage, I saw people getting a trolley by pushing somewhere on the trolley( that was what I thought).I imitated the same thing and got a trolley, within few minutes, a woman came to me asking if I paid for the trolley, I said 'no', then this is my trolley,I was thinking what to do,I remembered the few 1 pounds I had at home, which I cleaned to take it with me but I forgot.I searched in vain, then I told her that I have 20 pound note with me can you give me change for that, she said she dont have, then I asked could you please borrow me 1 pound, I can return it when I get out because my brother is waiting outside, she told she cant wait...and she dont have it, you sort it yourself.2 airport staff were there, one man saw all these when I looked at the man for help he simplky turned away, then I asked the lady next to him, she asked me what I have with me, I gave her 20 pound note and she put that in the machine,I was expecting 19 pounds back from the machine, gave 1 pound to that woman who didnt even bothered to help me and when I counted after coming out of the airport, it was 20 pounds again! Machine made a mistake....For that few minutes at the airport I was upset thinking about how people can behave like this...Like you I help people whenever I can, but never expect anything in return.Till now I never experienced such nice experiences in life,Only once I asked help to my motheers best friends son and he didnt even bother to reply to my mail!All these make me more stronger and to promise myself to show others how to be a nice humanbeing...

    God bless you all!

    Shiney

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  18. Thank you for sharing this on Bob Proctor's network! It is wonderful to get this kind of reminder!

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  19. Thanks for sharing. I pay it forward often and God richly blesses my family. One day I sent $100.00 to a widow with a young son. Her bicycle riding husband had been run over and killed by a driver adjusting his radio and not paying attention. The day I mailed the check to her, I won $100.00 for a turkey dinner with all the fixings. I got my $100 right back. This happens all the time with me. I give from my heart and God richly blesses me. Life is good!

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  20. Just amazing... I love these feel-good, warm-fuzzy and heart rending pay it forward "stuff of life" experiences. Thank you so very much for sharing.

    These “pay it forward” acts of kindness and generosity play an essentially important role in maintaining one’s hope, trust and faith. Even more so, if it’s most needed. When any “pay it forward” gesture is done with absolute sincerity, it creates a win-win benefit for all those involved.

    If the recipient is aware of who provided this, they receive a delightful surprise. If not, then that surprise transcends to something much more. To that of a truly “magical gift”... Nothing manages to excite and energise an adult’s “inner child” more, than being the recipient of an anonymous gift.

    Through this act of “kindness and generosity” the provider also benefits greatly. Why? because they have acknowledged something essentially important occurring in their own lives, “absolute gratitude”.

    The “pay it forward” concept is a truly beautiful “energy exchange”. Through the act of positive intention, its sincerity and simplicity, has the exponential potential to transform people’s lives for the better.

    The only thing more astonishing, than the “pay it forward” act itself, is the abundance of clever, creative, inspirational and fun-loving methods being implemented.

    LOL to you all, always

    Chris

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