Happy Friday everyone! It is finally the weekend and today we are linking up with Kate Motaung and the gang over at Five Minute Friday. This is when Kate gives us a word prompt and we write for 5 minutes. No over thinking just free write. If you’d like to join us, you could write for 5 minutes in the comments here or you can join the gang over here and link up your own writing.
Today’s word prompt: FAMILY
I may have mentioned it here before but my favorite all-time movie is “You’ve Got Mail” with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.
There’s a line in there that gets me every time. If you don’t know the plot line, Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) owns a quaint little bookstore in NYC’s west side. Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) owns the big box, chain store that sells cheap books and legal stimulants (i.e: coffee). They secretly meet online in a chat room, fall in love, Joe puts Kathleen Kelly out of business and then he finds out she’s the one he loves.
He doesn’t want to lose her because of this little thing of putting her out of business so he sets about wooing and winning her over. It’s all very romantic in some 21st Century kind of way!
At one point, he visits her when she is sick with a cold, brings her flowers and makes her tea. As they are sitting down she says:
KATHLEEN: “Hey, you put me out of business.”
JOE: “It was business. It wasn’t personal.”
KATHLEEN: “What is that supposed to mean? …. All that means is that it wasn’t personal to you. But it was personal to me. It was personal to a lot of people. …. And what’s so wrong with being personal anyways?”
JOE: Uhhh… nothing
KATHLEEN: ‘Cause whatever anything is, it ought to begin by being personal.
In our lives of busy-ness we can miss the personal part of life. We can go about our business with little notice of others.
So in your business today and even in your busy-ness, find a way to be personal.
- Give a personal greeting and warm smile to that cashier who’s having a bad day.
- Visit a neighbor and invite them over. (My sister put this on her Facebook page this week: “A challenge for October: Invite someone into your home just to be friendly. It can be for ten minutes or to share a meal. Throw away any excuse as to why you can’t. Feel free to share your experience. Connect with someone face to face.(Your kids’ friends don’t count) Acts 2:46” ~ I think this is a great idea!
- Send an encouraging email or note to another who is in a difficult place
- Invest in others and walk with them in their journey.
God’s set the lonely in families. We are called to be His hands and feet extended to those here. Let us be the family.
Because if life is anything it ought to be personal.
Take up the challenge ~ Practice hospitality, give away smiles and live personally.