Shining Moments

There are those special moments in life that shine with encouragement and sheer wonder.

I experienced one of those a few months ago and it changed how I looked at life.

It was an ordinary day. I stopped by the mail box before and discovered a small brown envelope with handwriting that I did not recognize. My eyes went to the return address.West Virginia? I knew no one in West Virginia.

Curiosity arose as I walked into my home and put down all the other things in my hands.

“What’s that?” I overheard one of my daughters say. I shook my head and began to open the envelope.

Slowly I took out the mysterious contents. Various sizes and shapes of paper with writing on them. Some typed. Others handwritten. Then I saw a simple handwritten sheet with my name on it.

Dear Sharon it began.

As I read my heart was strangely moved. Years ago I had written and had published an article that had encouraged this woman who had sent me the package. She had not only kept the article but had continued to write poems to lift the spirits of others.

Somehow she had come upon my address and decided to send me some poems to thank me for how her life had been changed as a result of my writings.

‘I hope you will be encouraged today knowing that you made such a difference in my life.’

Waves of thankfulness swept over me as I read her words.

No, I never would have thought that I had done something that helped a dear woman in West Virginia.

She in turn greatly blessed me in sending me the letter and her beautiful poems.

We never know, do we?

It seems like an ordinary day. But in truth you have no idea how much you have helped another on life’s journey.

Many of you have touched me in very special ways.

Your words. Your comments. All those little things that are really not so little after all.

Life is not long enough for us to let others know, is it?

Every deed of kindness has a purpose with ripples that spread much further than we could possibly imagine.

Look for those shining moment today. They are all around.

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