This was the topic of my first blog and I issued an invitation for guest blogs on the question. Below is our first guest blogger!
The Question That Changed My Life
Hmm… the question that has changed my life was posed to me a few weeks back. I was invited to write on this topic, and I thought to myself what an easy subject. Why I know I have a profound question that has driven my life, I’m sure of it! Boy, oh boy, I have never been so off track and so gloriously wrong in my entire life. Trying to capture this answer has instead turned into a quest, not unlike that of rereading a book to get a better understanding of the characters. Or in my case, perhaps using stronger reading glasses to see if there was anything that I missed; a common thought or word, but as usual, I’m always complicating simple matters.
Then today, I attended the funeral of a kind and generous family man. As I was sitting in church, misty-eyed, I thought of his kindness, love of family and his joy of living. This prompted me to begin reflecting on my life and note when a stranger, acquaintance or a family member sent a kindness my way or radiated happy contentment. Surprisingly those instances had a powerful impact on my emotional health and strength. Providing me with that extra shot of confidence and grit when I needed it. In trying to unearth the question that has changed my life, I discovered I have been attempting to be generous with my words and actions to others. Most days successful other days not so much. I face each day in the content knowledge I am loved and have family, friends, and creatures to love – total bliss!
The simple question I now ask consciously at the start of each day is “what can I do to be kinder to myself and others, how can I bring contentment and joy to my own life.” A powerful thought that gently leads to shedding light on other areas of my life, unearthing new questions that nudge me to grow. When I was a child, I remember something my mom once told me: “Be kind to those you will meet, you don’t know the burdens they may be carrying.” She treated everyone with compassion wherever she went, and I am happily striving to do the same.
Meet our guest blogger!
Hello there! My name is Susan Smith (really that’s my name). I am fortunate to have a husband who has put up with me for over 34 years, an incredible son, a dream come true daughter in law, and a precious granddaughter who gets that I’m a sucker for her every whim! We live with a dog who believes she is human, a cat who plays mind games, and a cat who thinks she is a dog. I love experiences that are creative, challenging and a little bit messy. What a life I have!