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“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” – Albert Schweitzer

Another email with a last minute request late in the day after a long week. Redoing work that wasn’t done right in the first place. Road construction that blocks every possible route. Someone talking when busy checking email for more unreasonable requests. Unending meetings. Frustrations, interruptions, irritations, unmet expectations, disappointments. All blocking us from where we “need” to be. But where is that exactly?

When we use our heart instead of our head, we soon discover that we are all unfinished. We aren’t meant to be complete with all of the pieces fitting together perfectly. That’s our journey – to become complete, to accept help and to help others along the way. To teach, to learn, to grow, to do it over and over again, with compassion and kindness. To engage in each others lives, not to check off our “to do” list and increase our efficiency. Where are we going so fast?

Our daily interruptions and frustrations are gifts in disguise. They slow us down, move us past and beyond our initial reactions, plans and expectations into something much deeper and more meaningful.

After this hit me last night, the woman and two kids who ran up to me this morning to see Molly and Lily became the gift of the day. It was no longer an interruption but an opportunity to stop and participate in life. They beamed as they petted them and the girls soaked it in as well. A simple moment, a simple act, a brighter day for all of us.

We are here to be instruments and channels of patience, love and light. To give and receive. Looking forward to some more “interrupting” moments tomorrow.

“Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun.” – Kent Nerburn

“Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun.” – Kent Nerburn


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  1. In the Stillness of Willow Hill #

    Like you, I struggle when the flow of my day gets interrupted…but I keep reminding myself with this mindful phrase….every widening circles of compassion. Also like you, pets help us to open up to others. Today, I stopped to chat with a starry-eyed horse lover, then snapped a photo of her with my big quarter horse before we headed out for a ride along the Pacific Ocean. This impromptu equestrian moment brought two random souls together, adding positive vibrations to the world. Win-win.

    July 26, 2014
  2. A beautiful reminder …. making time for the things that really matter. Thank you.

    July 27, 2014
    • I needed this reminder. It’s good when insight is revealed and it changes your perspective. Thanks for your comment.

      July 27, 2014
  3. I love this, I bet you really made their day letting them pet Molly and Lily! Have a wonderful week as the weekend comes to a close! Hugz Lisa and Bear

    July 27, 2014
  4. Indeed thank you for this lovely reminder.

    July 27, 2014
    • Thanks – have a terrific day filled with interruptions and joy.

      July 27, 2014
  5. As long as we listen to our thinking the journey continues.
    Wise words!

    July 27, 2014
    • Thank you – being open to possibility and quiet enough to hear that still small voice.

      July 27, 2014
  6. Such a beautiful reminder. I’m going to tattoo it to my forehead for all to see. No, seriously, I loved this. Relatable, and thought-provoking.

    July 27, 2014
    • The tattoo is an excellent idea. I’m a slow learner so I need reminders. Thanks Nicki!

      July 27, 2014

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