Thursday, June 29, 2017

Bless You

I'm very excited to again this week join a talented group of women who connect each Friday in an online, unedited flash mob free write based on a one-word prompt from our fearless leader Kate Motaung. My timer is set for 5 minutes; let's see where the word "blessing" takes me.

Did you notice? Did you notice that the word this week is "blessing" and not "blessings"?  I know that "s" may not seem all that significant, but it really is. The addition of the "s" would, of course, made the word plural.

I'm glad we're not focusing on the plural of the word.

If we were, I know I would probably written about the many people and things I consider to be blessings. It would have been an easy post to write. No doubt about it.

I'd have started with my kids and my friends, moseyed on to my home and job and . . . 

You get the point. A really easy post to write. 

But the word is singular. Blessing.

And now a glib, albeit accurate, listing of the many blessings in my life just won't do.

Instead, I'm called to ponder two things.

First, do I praise and glorify (Merriam-Webster definition 4) the people in my life? 

Oh, it's easy to praise and glorify my children. But do I praise and glorify my coworkers, my friends, and others I come into contact with? I do . . . sometimes. But is "sometimes" enough? 

And what about conferring prosperity or happiness (definition 5) on others? 

It's easy to say I'm not wealthy, so the first one -- prosperity -- is out. But prosperity doesn't apply just to money. What about my time and my talents? Do I give both to others on a regular basis?

I'd love to say I always confer happiness on others, but let's be honest here. I don't . . . not always. 

Am I a blessing? 






13 comments:

  1. Patti, thank you for this. I really need to look at myself as in relation to others. "Do I praise and glorify my co-workers, friends..etc?" This I need to do more often, thinking about the needs and feelings of others.

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  2. Beautiful post! I'm your neighbor this week at FMF!

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  3. Great post, Patti...and at the end you neatly defined the adage that the person who gives the most is the wealthiest.

    Great job!

    #1 at FMF this week.

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2017/06/your-dying-spouse-330-this-is-how-you.html

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  4. A question I ask of myself daily. Thank you for sharing. I'm at #13 this week! #fmf

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    1. I'm looking forward this afternoon to relaxing with a glass of sweet tea and reading the posts (or as many as possible) after mine. I'm looking forward to reading yours, Carolina. Thank you for stopping by :)

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  5. OUCH! Guilty of not being a blessing lately, but being a pain in the rear...working on changing the attitude though. Live has been hitting hard lately. In the #49 spot this week at my new place mywritingplayground.com

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    1. Oh but I've been a pain in the rear far too many times -- wish I could be more consistent in being a blessing. Looking forward to reading your post this afternoon -- thank you for visiting!

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  6. I think this is such a great way to look at the word, Patty. There are certain people who, when you run into them, even for a few minutes at the grocery store for instance, just have a way of making you feel better than you did before. They are a blessing to others. I want to be that kind of person ... and like you, I know I'm not always. I really appreciate your post today. Thanks.

    Jeannie (#49 in FMF this week)

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    1. I'm so glad you came by, Jeannie, and that you took the time to share -- thank you! I'm looking forward to reading your post this afternoon :)

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  7. Yes, you are a blessing! To your family and all of us.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Cindi. Sadly, I fail so often, but I'm not giving up! :)

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