Thursday, April 22, 2010

Smiles

Smiles are a universal language—and speak volumes to the grateful soul!

--By Ron Cooper

Friday, April 16, 2010

Spring

Heart at hand, love in bloom!

--By Ron Cooper

Sunday, April 11, 2010

A feast

A feast for your eyes.

A bountiful feast.

A veritable feast.

The word "feast" conjures up good hospitality, great food, an abundance of everything pleasing.

Wouldn't it be great if we looked upon each day as a feast?

Every day taking time to indulge in friendships.

Every day savoring our soul and lightening our spirit.

Every day feeling a deep appreciation for life and love.

Ah, every day...a feast!

--By Ron Cooper

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Love lifts

Love lifts the soul from the shadows, lightens the burdens of the heart, and infuses us with a richness of being.

--By Ron Cooper

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Soul-itude

Soul-itude:

The time you take to cherish your spirit.

--By Ron Cooper

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Wake up to serve

This morning, someone woke up to serve me—a lesson I learned during the recent wintry weather.

Heading out to McDonald’s to get some breakfast, I was silently cursing that Mother Nature had dumped yet another snowfall in my city. I felt put out, and wanted my coffee. But I didn’t know if I could maneuver my way to the car.

I came across a man with a shovel, bundled up against the brazen wind. He threw himself into the work, cleaning sidewalks and steps to the second-floor unit where I live. Good thing for me, since my boots had a hole in them and tennis shoes just weren’t enough to keep my feet dry.

This was solitary, thankless work. I looked around. The man and I were the only two people in the parking lot on this quiet early morning. I voiced my appreciation for his service. He stopped momentarily, smiled. The smile thawed the frigid air between us.

I got to McDonald’s to find it closed, though it was already slightly after the 6:00 a.m. opening time. Inside, I spotted employees busily mopping the floors. Nearly frozen by the chilly wind, I knocked on the door, irritated that I was barred from the warmth inside.

Just then, the manager rushed to the door to let me in.

“We got flooded late last night and I spent overnight getting it cleaned up,” he said. I felt guilty for feeling so selfish. The man personally served up my coffee, with a smile. I came back for a refill, and he was right there with a cheery disposition and friendly banter.

I learned a lot from my experiences on that wintry day. Many people who may seem to blend in with the landscape of my day get up every morning with me in mind. These are people in the service industry who get little credit, little notice.

To the restaurant manager and the man with the shovel:

Thanks, guys. You made my day, week, year.

Tomorrow morning, who will I wake up to serve?

--By Ron Cooper
 
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