It was several months ago that I introduced you to one of my blogging friends -- Tabitha, at www.ichoosebliss.net. Tabitha is a very special woman who really makes a habit of paying it forward. She spends so much of her time and energy, spreading good will and making people smile.
Well, it's been a while since I visited Tabitha's blog -- mainly because it's been a while since I've visited anybody's blog -- including my own!! But just recently I made the decision that I needed to start making better use of my "me" time. I have a knack for taking an hour for myself...but then wasting that hour doing something senseless like playing a game, or looking at pictures on Facebook. The result is feeling that I've indulged myself -- with no real reward. Needless to say, I'm trying to get back to my blogging...and revisiting old friends like Tabitha. In doing so, I'm once again getting inspired about life.
When I visited Tabitha's website, I received not one, but two specials blessings. You see, I happened by on Day 1 of her "Pledge of Peace" -- which is quite simply Tabitha's 30-day promise to treat herself with the same kindness she treats others. What a wonderful reminder that is -- to love and accept ourselves as we are so that we can truly love another.
The second blessing was in getting to see Tabitha at work on her family's mission -- A Five Oh 4 Uplifting. Here she was, featured on her local news, for the good work that she is doing to spread joy to children who are hospitalized or sick. As I watched this news clip, I felt a momentary pang of guilt. Tabitha is still at it -- hard at work to make a difference in this world -- and I haven't even taken time to visit. Shame on me.
But then, as quick as that guilt set in, I remembered her Pledge...and I decided instead of feeling guilt, I would forgive myself...and focus instead on the positive.
Every day is a new day. Every day holds the opportunity to make a difference...for yourself and for others. How will you spend your time today? Will you join me in making a Pledge for whatever bit of peace you need? Maybe it is patience? Maybe it is to a promise to use your time more wisely? Maybe it is forgiveness?
Whatever it is...be good to yourself today.