Why?

There’s an inscription in the book George Bailey finds in the film, It’s a Wonderful Life. “Remember, George: no man is a failure who has friends.”

Let’s face it, sometimes we all feel we failed. Our emotions go underwater and we just can’t surface. The more we try, often the deeper we go.

That’s when you need the reminder from Clarence. And it was ever so present earlier this week when I deliberately chose to downplay my birthday and wallow in my own self. What have I accomplished in seventy plus one years?

My family and friends would have none of that. Just like George Bailey, they surrounded me with warmth and love on every platform I’m on. From pre-dawn to even a couple days later, someone sent me well wishes. They lifted me up from sea to shining sea and in between.

Clarence also pointed out — something we often forget — “Each man’s life touches so many other lives.” As I scanned my blog followers, Facebook followers, Twitter followers and e-mail list I realized I have influenced so many other lives … hopefully for good. I try to shine the light daily, not my light, but The Light. I do it in subtle ways.

My communication routine consists of taking a “good morning” photo to share with my kids;  spending time with the Lord; reading Ron Hutchcraft’s Word With You {Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat on weekends} and sharing a nugget with family and friends; wishing my Facebook friends a “Good Morning” and sharing a personal inspirational thought, a visual thought for the day, daily celebration reminders and an archived nugget  on Facebook. On Mondays, I take a moment to pray individually for my family and friends with an e-mail “words for the week” message and try to get the Facebook week off with a smile. On Wednesdays I share some midweek mirth with family and friends. On Fridays {okay, usually Saturday} I sit down for some serious Five Minute Friday free range thoughts.

That’s my routine … a couple of hours a day committed to sharing my life with those most important to me — from God to family to friends to sometimes anonymous Facebook followers. And if truth be known, if any of those steps are skipped, when I lay my head on the pillow at night, I don’t feel like it was a successful day.

It’s designed not to put me at the center, but to let others know I’m thinking about and praying for them. I don’t get a lot of daily feedback — and that’s okay. I received a ton of feedback Monday — when I needed it most.

Truly, “no man is a failure who has friends.”

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Watch the sun rise.

 

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About wisdomfromafather

I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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2 Responses to Why?

  1. What a terrific comms protocol!

    Mark Twain wrote that there are two important days in life: the day you were born, and the day you find out why.

    No that cancer has taken my future and my dreams, my purpose is clear – to encourage others, and to bear witness that life can be its best when things get bleak. I probably can’t write another novel, but I can channel God’s love.

    No better legacy.

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