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Twelve Days of Christmas – Follow Through- Three

My third of the extended Twelve Days of Christmas came on February 17th which is the date I have chosen for each month because it is my wife’s birthday and St. Patrick’s Day. I am happy to report that I did follow through and it does feel good.

I have marked my 2015 calendar for each of the twelve months as a way of extending the wonderful spirit of Christmas throughout the entire year. My hope is that others will join in the spirit and make it a wonderful time for all of us. It does not need to be a grand gesture. Just make it something simple. Something you will do.

On March 15, I met a lady in the Honey Baked Ham Store who knows how to spread joy. She was buying ham to take to a family whose mother is in the hospital. She took the time to share some ideas with me and my friend Bob. When I thanked her for her helpfulness, she responded. “Isn’t that what life is all about, helping each other?” Wow!

I am writing this as a part of my accountability to myself to remind me to follow through. Please join me as we go through the year. It takes so little to brighten another person’s day.

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168 Ways To Communicate Better Now Plus Two – 49 – 50 – 51

49. Be thankful.

Say thank you often and mean it.

Send notes of appreciation.

Share your ideas and your network. 

50. Be thoughtful.

Look for ways to be helpful.

Give assistance before being asked.

 Be inclusive.  

51. Be thorough.

Uncover the facts.

Do more than expected.

Plan ahead.

Check your work then check again.

 

 

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168 Ways To Communicate Better Now – 48 – 49 – 50

48. Be thankful.

Say thank you often and mean it.

Send notes of appreciation.

Share. 

49. Be thoughtful.

Look for ways to be helpful.

Give assistance before being asked.

 Be inclusive.  

50. Be thorough.

Uncover the facts.

Do more than expected.

Plan ahead.

Check your work.

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Thankful Thursday – Martha and Don Gardner

            On this Thankful Thursday I am grateful for Martha and Don Gardner. They were two of the first people we met when we moved to Charleston and part of a very involved group of young professionals at FBC. They were members of the Sunday school class I led for many years. They would leave my class and go listen to Bob Boston at Circular Congregational Church. When LeAnn was born, the Sunday school class took Martha a pecan pie to the hospital. Don thought that she was the only daughter that was ever born. I think he probably still does. After Hugo Don cut up a huge tree in my backyard and helped haul it away. I worried that one false move with that chainsaw and his career as a dentist would be ended. Martha telephoned me at all different times of the day and night after Liz died to check on me. Her cheerful voice always lifted my sagging spirit. I could write about either of them individually, but they form a terrific couple and represent what family is all about. When I stop to count my blessings, Martha and Don Gardner come quickly to my mind.

            Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize those who are important to our lives. Who are you thankful for today? Let him or her know of your gratitude. You will be glad that you did. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter.

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