Lending a Helping (and well manicured) Hand


I woke up feeling a bit under the weather with a cold, but the unseasonably warm weather made it impossible to stay inside and hibernate, and it gave me the opportunity to get out and enjoy a trail run, which always is healing.  Later today, I traded in the mud and sweat from the trails for some pampering in the form of a manicure and a pedicure.  I am not one who wears much make up at all or is up on the latest fashion trends, so, having a pedicure and a manicure are about the “girliest” things that I do for myself.  I could do both myself, but I use an ill-fated at-home pedicure that left me with an ingrown toenail that needed to be surgically removed as proof that I lack the expertise to pamper myself in this manner.  There is something relaxing about letting someone else take care of me for a bit, and I am so glad that I did not talk myself out of this treat.  

I was able to help someone else thanks to the big hearts of some of the moms at my daughters’ school.  This morning, I received an e-mail from one of these moms who said that another mom was struggling this Christmas and that donations were being collected for her and her two daughters.  The recipient does not know that the other moms have organized this effort on her behalf, and since I both love surprises and helping others, I embraced the chance to make a donation.  I do not know the mom who will receive the money, nor do I know that details of her situation.  All I know is that she and her daughters need help this Christmas, and that is all I need to know actually.  I do not have unlimited wealth to share, but I still can do my part to help this family.  I know that along with the other moms of the school that we can make a big impact and show them that people care about them in their time of need without wanting or expecting anything in return.  That’s the Christmas spirit alive and well and in action!

So, I did two little things today that made a positive difference to me and to a family.  I may not feel physically well, but thanks to these actions, my heart and baby soul feel mighty fine indeed. 

Just one thing each day . . .

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