Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The best gift...

Saw this at TED recently and wanted to pass it along and draw attention to it.

Her words remind of something I just read in the past few weeks about Job in the Old Testament of the Bible.   After experiencing terrible hardships he has a conversation with God and he then utters the following words about the whole experience.

'Surely I spoke of things I did not understand things too wonderful for me to know' in Job 42:3b.
Likewise, in the book of Esther in the Old Testament has the following statement,

For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?

which suggests that perhaps the events of her life before that time were leading up to her being in that place at that time.

Andy Andrews has a new book called The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters which is a quick read. It tells the tale of several people who happened to be in a particular place at a particular time and how their actions had great effects on history downstream.   Andy also wrote the The Noticer:  Sometimes all a person needs is a little perspective and the Traveler's Gift which I've written about earlier.

We can't see the whole story unfolding around us of which we are a small part.   Sometimes we can get a glimpse of how we affect others but many times, we nave no idea how the little steps, or decisions, or contacts or conversations of our days will ripple through history.   There is a great quote on Kindness that I posted before along the same lines.  One act of kindness might make all the difference in a person's life.

Whatever your situation might be, may you be blessed.  May someone send a little kindness your way.


  1. It is pretty amazing when people call things like that a "gift." But I can relate in a small way when I think of all the blessings related to Dan's accident/recovery 5 years ago.

  2. Thanks for stopping by Robin. I've started to respond to your comment several times and then stopped. The video was pretty amazing and Dan's story is too. Deep feelings, thoughts and emotions involved.