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Has surrounding myself with the colour purple made a difference in my life?

This is the question I have been asking myself as I have gone through the last two weeks.

It’s a colour that seems to be jumping out when I least expect it. Even on my walks, I have come across plants which show off their purple flowers, reminding me that all living things are unique in their design.

Last week, on my way home from the shops, I saw a greeting card with a purple cat on it. She looked like a super hero and so I splashed out and paid a whole $1.00 for her. My super hero feline friend, is now sitting on my desk, with big blue eyes, a mane of pink hair, and a smug look on her face. Standing regally with her sharp polished claws, against the nightscape, complete with full moon, she looks to be ‘The Princess of Moggy Land’, claiming her status with confidence.

In my quest to find the princess within, I have deliberately sought to change my thinking, as well as start some healthy practical habits. Drinking my daily quota of water is a battle, but taking an early morning walk has seen me appreciate a sunrise instead of a sunset and I have discovered the joys of a better nights sleep. My alarm going off is a terrible intrusion, for a non-morning person like me, who much prefers the night owl lifestyle. I just have to keep telling myself it is for my own good.

Something good is happening though. My confidence is growing in unexpected ways. A few neglected chores are being completed before breakfast and I’m still Blogging. A good discipline for a writer, or so my good friend tells me.

Who know what might happen next?

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

 

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There is a verse in the Bible that says, ‘Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing’. It can be found in, 1 Thessalonians 5:11, where the Apostle Paul wrote to the Church at Thessalonica. Wouldn’t it be nice to hear those words said about us. That we are known for encouraging one another and building one another up in our day-to-day lives?

I recently came across a little story that I wrote back in 1988. It reminded me of the all the kind words and encouragement that I have received over the years. And, I am thankful to say, I am still receiving.  It is an Analogy of what I believe encouragement can look like.

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Imagine you are a candle glowing in the darkness, surrounded by a multitude of unlit candles. For each candle you light, you give value and purpose to each one. They in turn can choose to share their light with a few more. Before long all the candles could be lit, giving off a brilliant glow and bring a warmth to all those who come near.

However, the winds of change and conflict rarely stops blowing and while many candles just flicker in the breeze, others die out. This leaves them with nothing to hold onto and so they are unable to give anything of themselves to those around.

This is when the biggest choice has to be made. As a candle do you sit around feeling smug at your own resilience, glorying in your triumph? Or, do you reach out, touch your fellow candle and reignite their flame?

Friendship can be a wonderful place to shelter in, to keep our hearts aflame when the tough times come, they can also spark us into action when we give up on ourselves.

Who knows which direction the wind will blow from next.

To stay alive in ourselves we need to keep the flame of life glowing in others.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone and see how many people you can encourage along the way. 🙂

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

 

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