My friend BJo started something when I shared with readers her thoughts, “Rather than thinking we have to wait for God to bless us, perhaps what He might want is for us is to create our own blessings for ourselves or for one another.”
Several readers tell me they are now thinking about blessings — how they can pass from and through us to those we encounter. Blessings can be particularly helpful while in the midst of the holiday season — a time of joy but also frenzied activity.
Here are more suggestions about what a blessing could look like.
Author Ann Patchett writes, “Show kindness whenever possible. Show it to the people in front of you, the people coming up behind you, and the people with whom you are running neck and neck. It will vastly improve the quality of your own life, the lives of others, and the state of the world.”
Being kind to others brings a sense of personal well being to oneself, so the giver gets blessed in return.
A blessing may also be as simple as slowing down and taking time to make eye contact with people – really seeing the person behind the counter or the one who is fitting our shoes, altering our clothes or serving us food — just the simple practice of seeing, smiling and greeting others.