badwhiteonblue-participantToday is Blog Action Day, and this year’s theme is #Raise your voice. And I’d like to use this as an opportunity to share with you a little something that happened to me this week that I just can’t seem to get off my mind and heart.

On Tuesday, we went to Chipotle for lunch. As we walked over to the restaurant, I noticed a woman in a wheelchair sitting close to the door. I also noticed a couple of people proceed to walk through the door, right past her. In each case, I also noticed that the woman tried to slip through the door with them – and, in each instance, they did not offer her the opportunity to come in along with them.

As we approached the front door, I asked her if we could hold the door for her and she was very thankful. And that was that. It didn’t cost us a thing – not a penny, not even a minute – we all could go through within seconds of each other.

So here’s my suggestion: next time you are out and about, why don’t you offer to hold the door for someone? It won’t cost you anything – not even any of your time. And it might give the person you hold the door for more than you even realize – perhaps something beyond common courtesy and kindness – it may just turn their day around. In the end, you might be the one who gets the most out of it…it can feel pretty good to simply do something nice for someone.

So in honor of Blog Action Day today, how about you offer to hold that door? That someone you hold it for doesn’t have to be in a wheelchair – it could just be the nice thing to do and make their day. More importantly, though, when you do pass someone who needs the help, why don’t you hold the door for them? You never know the good it could do! One random act of kindness can go a long way!

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Here we are at the middle of March. Many of you have been referring to this time as March Madness. I tend to refer to it at Mad Marchness. This month has been a lot of fun for me, many of my friends, and even my family. And don’t you think it’s more fun to refer to all of the goodness that has come my way this month as Mad Marchness?

Let's try againThis month is also one that brings to mind many sweet memories. And one of my very fond memories comes from my grandfather. We had lots of fun to say the very least, and March 17th is his birthday. He is one of the people who’s made an indelible mark on my life, kinda like a Sharpie. What do I mean by that? If you think about it, it’s next to impossible to erase the mark made by a Sharpie. I’ve been blessed to have quite a few people who have made that kind of mark on me.

Most recently, my friend Parker has made that kind of mark on me. He’s a pretty special fella, ya know? I mentioned him recently, and how irresistible I’ve found him. Today I have Parker with us, and he wants to challenge us to seek out a Mad Marchness opportunity. Candidly, I can’t think of anyone better to inspire us. So without further hesitation, I bring you Parker…..

Ok are you are you up for it? Parker’s challenge is pretty easy, and will certainly be something your special person enjoys. How ‘bout we all take the opportunity and maybe make a little mark of our own? Just in case it might take a little more to inspire you…

Are you in? Let’s do this! Happy Mad Marchness!

 

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Irresistibly…Inspiring

February 10, 2015

As I mentioned recently I’ve chosen inspire as my one word resolution this year. And in my mind, inspire goes both ways. While I hope I can be a source of inspiration to others, I also want to share some of the people and things that inspire me as we go through this year. So… […]

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Save a rescue – Share a linen

January 30, 2015

Today’s opportunity I will keep short and sweet. The Petsmart in my community is made up of a unique group of folks. Over the last several years under new management, they have been a blessing, not just to me but to the community as well. I recently had a conversation with the manager of the […]

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One dream can change the world…

January 19, 2015

Here we are, a little over ½ way into this month. Are you going to join us in this experiment to choose one word as your New Year’s resolution? Have you chosen your word yet? As you know I have chosen inspire as my word. Over the last 2 weeks, there have been quite a […]

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Still looking for a resolution for 2015? Think about this

January 8, 2015

And so a new year begins Often it can stir up questions for us: What does the year have in store for me? The people I love? What is it that you’re truly seeking? Am I going to make any resolutions? If yes, then what are they? And this list can go on for many […]

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Calling all shopping cart ditchers

October 27, 2014

I promised as we began this journey together to write more often. I want to apologize right here in the beginning. I’m going through a bit of a season of loss and, while it’s not an excuse, I share that because I want to be clear that I’ve not lost my drive or inspiration. I’m […]

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Are you ready for the weekend?

October 10, 2014

Happy Friday friends, and so we head into our weekends. And this weekend, rather challenge you with an additional opportunity. I’m going to offer you a gentle reminder of our previous ones.  Wow, I really appreciate every single story you have shared with me. And if you’d like to share them with the rest of us […]

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Stop, drop, and take a minute to count your blessings

October 7, 2014

Over the last 60 days I’ve had more than a few reminders as to how important it is to count my blessings. Some of the triggers have been through loss and while others through kindness from others. I’ve written more than once that I truly believe that while everyday might not be good there is […]

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It only takes one

September 23, 2014

What is this all about? What do you mean by chasing goodness? Good questions. I’m using the phrase chasing goodness because I truly believe there is some kind of goodness in every day. Even on my toughest of days, I’ve been able to find a tiny ray of goodness. The goodness I’ve found on those […]

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