I have a fond spot in my heart for J.M. Barrie ... I believe I have him to thank for my name!
In English the meaning of the name Wendy is: Literary; a created name that first appeared in James Barrie's Peter Pan. Thanks Mr. Barrie for my name and for promoting kindness. I completely agree ... Always be a little kinder than necessary!
This happens often - people feel insecure and they shrink, play small because of a situation they find themselves in.
Why? I believe it's because we feel alone or afraid of what might happen if we don't shrink. It's scary to stand out or up for something when you might be the only one.
I was at a youth activity last night (with teens at my church) and was noticing how one really negative attitude (being shown by one person) was affecting everyone present.
ONE person being negative can sink a ship! However, that can only happen if the rest of the members on board shrink and play small and are consumed by the negative, dark side!
It was a great teaching moment. Don't shrink mateys - just be your happy selves and steer your mighty ship forward into the great adventures ahead! The dark cloud will either stay where it's at and continue to rain and dampen those around it or it can let the light in and join the happy side!
Playing small never served anyone... stand tall for the good, happy stuff.
Let me just say: We didn't watch the Super Bowl yesterday ... so we didn't see the Super Bowl Ads ...
At the beginning of the year, my daughter broke her arm. (She was sledding out of town with a cousin and we received text messages from the ER with updates.) It was a bit traumatic and not the ideal way to start a new year. (We learned a lot together from this experience!)
Jump forward 4 weeks and it's time to have the cast removed! Today was the big day...
8:00 AM - cast off. x-rays taken.
8:30 - Meet with the Dr. - get instructions on how to get the arm moving again ... reminded that it's still broken and fragile. (The arm is much smaller than the other arm due to being stuck in the cast and restrained from movement.) My daughter felt a little discouraged ... (I think she thought once the cast was off, it would be all better.)
I offer encouragement as we check out. We got this! We can do this ... So proud of you!
8:45 - Walked out the door ... I planned on taking her straight to school. She was a little bummed that the appointment didn't take longer as she wanted to miss first and second period :) ... remember those days?
She mentions how much she likes McDonald's pancakes...
8:55 - At McDonald's - we order her breakfast!
I wasn't sure what was going on ... there were people behind us full of smiles ... So I give my daughter a side-half hug ...
I try to pay with my debit card ...
Cashier: "You've probably seen the commercials ...You can pay with love!"
I see the total and try to pay again with my card.
Cashier: "Just hug ... and your meal is paid for!"
Love. It matters.
This morning will stay with us for a long time ... great reminder of how important kindness is and how good it feels to give and share love!