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Today's Gift
Thursday, October 3, 2013
You are reading from the book Today's Gift

How easy the breath that kills a flame,
How hard to kindle that light again.
Cold words kill and kind words kindle,
By words withheld a dream may dwindle.
--Joan Walsh Anglund

How we treat the people we live with affects the happiness of our family. Just as a breath can blow out a flame, a mean remark can cast a shadow across a brother or sister's heart. People of all ages have left dreams behind because no one encouraged them. They are like candles snuffed out.

On the other hand, if we see a friend or family member feeling good about something they have done, we can learn to be happy for them. If we notice their excitement and encourage them with kind and sincere words, it will help their candle burn brighter. Sharing the happiness of others will make our own candles burn brighter, and it always feels good when we receive kind words ourselves.

In what ways can I bring light and warmth with my words today?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families (c)1985, 1991 by Hazelden Foundation.

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I love this Pat.  Yesterday

I love this Pat. Yesterday I did something for my hubby that made him feel good. It was a small thing but it helped our relationship burn brighter so to speak. It's a constant challenge for me to view things in a positive light and share that with him. But it always helps when I do. When I walk into a store, I try to smile at the people who work there and interact with them even in a small way so that they know they are appreciated. Am I always successful? No. But do I try? Yes.

Thank you for making the forum burn brighter. :)

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I really like that

I really like that poem...and I'm not usually much of a poetry person... :D

I've definitely seen that one play out before...I didn't get very many positive words when I was growing up, and I'm still learning ways that I've been harmed by that fact. Hopefully, I'll do a much better job with the young people in my life both now and in the future...

When you're going through hell...keep going. --Winston Churchill There is no pit so deep that God is not deeper still --Corrie ten Boom

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Thank you.

Thank you.

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