Raoul’s 2 Cents
I got a grateful phone call the other day. Rodger said he worked on a referral I had given him and was so excited and happy to be able to pay some of his bills. He was unusually upbeat and I shared his joy. And then he said something that I didn’t expect. He said “I’m giving you 20% commission for any referral you send my way.” To which I said, “No, this is God blessing you. Accept it all.” He paused for a moment and continued to thank me.
If you know Rodger, he’s been having it rough for some time. He’s an honest, decent man but somehow people and circumstances have taken advantage of him. Few have treated him fairly. Most have said he did not meet their expectations. Compliments were few and far between. I’m guessing this is why he felt he needed to pay me, a good friend, for a kind deed. Dear God, take care of this beautiful man.
Did you grow up having to earn for every single reward? Sounds like many of us, huh? Many of us see strings attached to gifts. The give and take mentality has permeated society that when kindness is bestowed, we can’t even recognize it anymore. May I challenge you? Look around with a different lens. We are surrounded by so many blessings. I grew up with a weekly allowance worth 5 candies … that was enough then. What did you grow up with?
After counting all my blessings, for me, the most important blessing is the gift of salvation. You can’t buy it. You can’t earn it. It’s free. If you know what I’m talking about, you know you are blessed. If you don’t, I guess there’s a blessing waiting for you.
But this is just me.
“Kindness is a gift everyone can afford to give.”
Joke of the Week
Thanks to Rodney of Manitoba, B.C. for sending this joke.
Thanks to Tom of Pasadena, CA who sent this newspaper clipping
Videos of the Week
Alexa for Seniors
Sent by Bruce of Kanub, Utah and Jeff of Pasadena, CA
Hey, I want one of these. I hope that I will still have a sense of humor when I reach that age.WATCH VIDEO
Flying in Dubai
Sent by Tom of Pasadena, CA
A thrilling and dangerous exercise. One mistake and you’re done. High quality video.WATCH VIDEO
From Don’s collection of puns
Heavy Thought of the Week
Sent by Rodney of Manitoba, B.C.
Thanks to Garie of Makati, Philippines who shared this
Celebrating the Year of the pig: