Pay Attention to the Prompts
I was lying in bed the other night, about to drift off, when an image of my best friend came into my mind's eye. She's my sweet soul-sister who lives several hundred miles away and I knew she had been facing difficulty lately.
Instead of smooshing deeper into the pillow, I reached for my phone and sent her a quick text: "I'm proud of you."
In the morning I awoke to her response: "Thanks mama. That means a lot to me."
It had taken me about fourteen seconds to act on a "prompt" - a sudden thought of or about another person that comes, maybe unbidden, to one's mind.
Just a few days earlier I was walking downtown with my daughter when I noticed an older vet in a wheelechair who was waiting for the bus. I have seen him around town, and something inside of me said, "Thank him for his service."
But I didn't. I got shy and walked on by.
This lack of interaction really got me thinking about the significance of these prompts, and how a simple act could have possibly changed this person's day for the better. (It may not have helped at all, either; but now I'll never know.)
Start paying attention when an image of a loved one, near or far, comes into your mind. Then, act on it. Send a card, write a text, make a phone call. For some reason, your presence may just be the significant voice they need to hear.
Have you acted on sudden prompts before? What is your experience?
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by Emily Nielsen
"I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition."
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