Monthly Archives: January 2009

Quote of the Day

“Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason.  If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it.
Nobody said that it’d be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.” Author Unknown

Remember … touch a life today “The Little Way” by following the lead and need of others. Also, if you ever thought to yourself, “I wish my customers, knew…”, then be sure to visit White Light Communications at http://www.tothewhitelight.com.

~ Theresa

A chance to do a good deed – The Little Way – is all around us…

Many say they are too busy to pay forward a little kindness. The truth is showing a small act of kindness takes little time or effort; the payback is priceless! A chance to do a good deed “The Little Way” is all around us. All you have to do is look. In fact, you do not need to look very far. For example, just this morning I read a letter to the editor in the local newspaper. It was from a parent who was giving a pat on the back to a local store who returned a smile to his injured son’s face.

The parent writes in the January 6, 2009 Rochester Democrat & Chronicle: “My son, John, broke his left ankle at a basketball game on Dec. 17, while wearing his new sneakers I had bought for him earlier in the month at Footaction USA. The ambulance crew had to cut his left sneaker and sock to get his foot out (at Aquinas High School) in order to get the swollen ankle and foot exposed. On Dec. 20, the Footaction store at The Marketplace mall was so nice they gave him another pair of black Jordan sneakers. I thank them so much for the Christmas spirit, for John was so happy. This pair of sneakers was one of his presents and the smile returned to his face. Thanks to Footaction and their staff. —JOHN GORDON”

This is a great example of how a local store owner brightened the day of an injured teen. It also had a ripple effect, with the parent writing a public “thank you” note in a local newspaper. The kindness came full circle with the note. As a result of this note, the local store owner will most likely hear about his good deed from his customers. Who knows, he may even see an increase in business as a result of his kindness!

Remember … touch a life today “The Little Way” by following the lead and need of others. Also, if you ever thought to yourself, “I wish my customers, knew…”, then be sure to visit White Light Communications at http://www.tothewhitelight.com.

~ Theresa

Lead by example

Much has been said and written about the qualities inherent in a good leader. In fact, over the weekend I read an article in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle’s Business section, which highlighted insights from a recent workshop on leadership. The article mentions qualities such as having discipline, balancing of goals, and seeking merit in new ideas to having candor, doing the unexpected, and setting aside personal agendas. While many leaders have most or all of the stated qualities, a friend of mine said it best. Simply put, “the best leader does not talk, he acts. When his work is done, his people say, ‘Amazing, we did it, all by ourselves!”

Thousands of years ago, Tao Te Ching wrote a similar thought in Poem #17:
The best rulers are scarcely known by their subjects;
The next best are loved and praised;
The next are feared;
The next despised:
They have no faith in their people,
And their people become unfaithful to them.

When the best rulers achieve their purpose
Their subjects claim the achievement as their own.

Remember … touch a life today “The Little Way” by following the lead and need of others.  Also, if you ever thought to yourself, “I wish my customers, knew…”, then be sure to visit White Light Communications at http://www.tothewhitelight.com.

~ Theresa

It is when you give of yourself, you truly give…

There are many who give little of the much they have. They give for recognition, making their gifts unwelcome.
There are many who have little and give it all. They believe in life and its bounty. They have no needs and their life is never empty.
There are many who give with joy. The joy they receive from giving is their reward.
There are many who give with pain. The pain they feel from giving is their salvation.
There are many who give and do not realize the pain in giving; nor do they seek joy or give thought to their generosity.

From “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gabran

Which one are you?  In “The Prophet”, Kahlil Gabran also spoke of giving:

You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

For what are your possessions, but things you keep and guard for fear you may need them tomorrow?
And tomorrow, what shall tomorrow bring to the overprudent dog burying bones in the trackless sand as he follows the pilgrims to the holy city?
And what is fear of need, but need itself?
Is not dread of thirst when your well is full, thirst that is unquenchable?

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You often say, “I would give, but only to the deserving.”
The trees in your orchard say not so, nor the flocks in your pasture.
They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish.
Surely, he who is worthy to receive his days and his nights is worthy of all else from you.
And he who has deserved to drink from the ocean of life deserves to fill his cup from your little stream.
And what desert greater shall there be than that which lies in the courage and the confidence, nay the charity, of receiving?
And who are you that men should rend their bosom and unveil their pride, that you may see their worth naked and their pride unabashed?
See first that you yourself deserve to be a giver, and an instrument of giving.
For in truth, it is life that gives unto life – while you, who deem yourself a giver, are but a witness.
And you receivers – and you are all receivers – assume no weight of gratitude, lest you lay a yoke upon yourself and upon him who gives.
Rather, rise together with the giver on his gifts as on wings;
For to be overmindful of your debt, is to doubt his generosity who has the free-hearted earth for mother, and God for father.

The greatest gift you can give another is the gift of yourself. Give of yourself in little ways today; whether it be your time, your talents, or your resources. The rewards will be many and will come in the most unexpected and meaningful ways!

Remember … touch a life today “The Little Way” by following the lead and need of others. Also, if you ever thought to yourself, “I wish my customers, knew…”, then be sure to visit White Light Communications at http://www.tothewhitelight.com.

~ Theresa

Lead by Following

Many equate good leadership with exerting control; whether it be control of people, information, technology, events, or themselves. With time though the truly wise individual realizes they have little control over anything in life. In fact, the most effective leader is one who listens to then follows a path meeting the needs, interests, wants, and desires of his or her people. Tao Te Ching says it best:

The river carves out the valley by flowing beneath it.
Thereby the river is the master of the valley.

In order to master people
One must speak as their servant;
In order to lead people
One must follow them.

So when the sage rises above the people,
They do not feel oppressed;
And when the sage stands before the people,
They do not feel hindered.

So the popularity of the sage does not fail,
He does not contend, and no one contends against him.

~Tao Te Ching

Remember … touch a life today “The Little Way” by following the lead and need of others.  Also, if you ever thought to yourself, “I wish my customers, knew…”, then be sure to visit White Light Communications at http://www.tothewhitelight.com.

~ Theresa

Doing It “The Little Way”

There’s an African Proverb that states “If many little people in many little places do many little deeds, they can change the face of the Earth.” In her book, The Story of a Soul, Saint Therese calls this philosophy “The Little Way”. In it, she says, “rather than aspiring to doing great deeds, do many small deeds with great love.” When not concerned with personal greatness, we find solace and humility in our littleness.  Like small children, we start to focus our attention on small details; details that keep us focused “in the moment”. Without any distractions, we are entirely present – not only to ourselves, but to others too. This allows us to act with great love, and over time, allows us to make a real difference in the lives of others.

With the new year comes resolutions. I only have one: to make a real difference in the lives of others by doing many little deeds over time. One way of making a real difference is by creating a meeting place where like-minded individuals can share inspirational messages with the goal of making each of our lives a bit brighter.

Feel free to add your own inspirations in the Comments box provided. Thank you!

Remember … touch a life today “The Little Way” by following the lead and need of others. Also, if you ever thought to yourself, “I wish my customers, knew…”, then be sure to visit White Light Communications at http://www.tothewhitelight.com.

~ Theresa