Tuesday, December 29, 2009

~ Who do you touch? ~

"Strange, isn't if George?
Each man's life touches so many other lives.
When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?"
~Clarence the Angel, It's a Wonderful life~

The great lesson....
is that the sacred is in the ordinary,
that it is to be found in one's daily life,
in one's neighbours,
and family,
in one's backyard.
~Abraham Maslow~

who do you touch?
just something to
think about
as we head into


Sophia said...

What a good, thought-provoking question. I'd like to place that on my fridge to remind me every morning that I might be what that special someone needs that day...so to be aware of my surroundings. :)

susan said...

One of my VERY most favorite movies and sentiments!

caroline joy said...

I love "It's A Wonderful Life"! I always get teary eyed at the end when all of George's friends show up to help him out. Great post :)

Teresa said...

What a thought provoking question my sweet Koralee.
I rarely get stumped...yet here I sit...puzzled as to how to respond.
I know I think an awful lot about those who touch me.
I've never been shy about letting others know the exact ways they are touching my life. I like to think I live each day tuned in to all that is touching my life...if I don't...I know I'm going to miss something really precious.
Luckily I have been blessed with family and friends...and a wonderful husband who are all very expressive about the ways that I have touched them over the years.
This has helped me to know me better and to grow deeper into myself as the years pass. I believe God wants us to be willing to admit that WE DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE...everyday...WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
He created us and placed us on this earth to make a difference.
This is the greatest gift we can give Him in return.
Touching others is why we are here.
Thank you for who you are Koralee and the sweet way that you have touched my life...and the lives of so many!
Oh...and I know you touched the oh so precious life of Miss Rosie!

Cynthia K. said...

Hi there! Oh, I love that you quoted "It's a Wonderful Life". My very favorite movie - I can watch it so many times and never get tired of it and quote some of the dialogue also. This quote from Clarence is the gist of the whole movie - each of us impact everyone we come in contact with in some form to some degree. Good to remember when we are feeling useless and discouraged. I need to think about this more in the next few days. Thanks for bringing it up.

Come see me and I'd be honored if you'd follow my blog also...

Cynthia K. (Beauty and Blessings)

Julie Harward said...

I hope I have touched each of my children and I know I am having an affect on each of my grand childrens lives...I love them to pieces and they do me! Come say hi :D

Feelings said...

Oh, I don´t really know... Many poeple, I guess.
My promise for the new year, will be to listen better ,to the people around me,and to be a bit happier, thankful for what I have and don´t be sorry, for the things in life I don´t have.

Beautiful post, Koralee.

Take care!

Maria said...

What a Wonderful sentiment, Koralee...
We are daughters, sisters, mothers, teachers, friends, passers-by...
I pray I am loving and gentle...
Let there be forgiveness when I am not~

Thank you from all of us who visit here for being ~loving & gentle~

God bless you Always ~ Maria

Renee said...

Koralee what a beautiful darling you are.


Kellie Collis said...

Lovely words as usual xx

katrina said...

thank you for this reminder, koralee.

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

This is a very good question. The church our family attends talks about this all the time and refers to it by the Greek word oikos which kind of means "the 8 to 15 people God has placed closed to you in you life, that your life affects, like family, neighbors, coworkers, etc." Remembering that word does help you keep these relationships in mind, and consider them more. I love the way you put it!

GypsyNurse said...

Koralee.. if you have read around my blog posts.. you would understand how much meaning your post means to me...so I thank you..and how right you are...but I am also remembering and thanking for the random people who touched my life this year as well..

Have a wonderful New Year!


Angel.Pearls said...

Beautiful post! All the best for 2010! Love//Eva

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dear Koralee
Thank you for bringing such beautiful colour and zest to my world this year... It is always a delight to visit here and equally as delightful to find your comments my way....

Sometimes we don't know who it is we touch... One of the blessings of blogging is we may reach out to those unknown! Have a great New Year.. xx Jullie

Simone said...

Your blog is always such a lovely place to be!

I love this post....and have just caught up with all the other Christmas posts I have missed here over the holidays.....I LOVE the bluebird Christmas ornament you found :)

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you a wonderful 2010,

Simone xo

Geisslein said...

Wish you a lovely day today - and a great start in the new year! A great year, full of love, hugs, kisses and a lot of inspiration!

Dustjacket Attic said...

Hi darling, thank you for this timely reminder.

I do love your blue rose too,
hugs to you DJ

Martha said...

Absolutely love this Koralee! It makes me smile just reading it again!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh my dear blue bird, YES, YES, YES! I want to think about that with every breath I take. Thank you for touching my life, Koralee. I look forward to more inspiring moments and creativity to celebrate the KING in our midst! I send you my sincerest wishes for a perfect year. Anita

Susan said...

Very thought provoking, Koralee...I love It's a Wonderful Life! Funny, the first thing my Mom said through her tears when we knew my Dad was gone was, "There's such a void." Dad shared all the special days with us. He never missed one of them. But, it's the ordinary days I miss the most. When I was home this summer he'd just stop by for a chat...check in...then go on his way. (He and my Mom lived next door. Mom moves to an assisted living residence in a couple of weeks.) Hold tight to those ordinary days.
And just love.love.love with all your might!
Many blessings in the New Year!

Bralliz said...

Beautiful post koralee! ♥
Happy new year dear!
xx alice

paperhill said...

it truly is in the ordinary, it's the little moments of each day that really count. i am learning this more and more as i get older. i often watch my children and wish i could just freeze some of these precious moments that i know i will long for when they are grown. it's the little hugs and smiles throughout the day, the little things they say.....thank you koralee for such a beautiful post. wishing you much happiness in the new year. xo susan

Pauline said...

A thought-provoking post. I was told that if I left my church, so many people will be at a loss, because they were depending on me. I still find it so hard to believe as no one has ever said anything to me. Touching someone's life in a positive way is encouraging, I imagine :o)


The Garden Bell said...

What a lovely thought to start the New Year with. Some times we sell ourselves short on just how many we touch on a daily base. You should know that you touch many.

Jen Chandler said...

I love that quote, "the sacred is in the ordinary". So very true. We spend so much time looking for something new, something exciting. It's in our media; we're inundated with it and begin to believe that it's the only way to live, this never ending hunt. But it's that which we see everyday, those who we see every morning, afternoon, evening that are truly remarkable.

Thank you for this, Koralee.

Claudia said...

I love that quote from the movie - one of my favorites, ever. And it is so, so true.


TheCluelessCrafter said...

The beauty of blogging that Julie@being Ruby says is true: we never know who we will touch. I have felt indebted to other bloggers who write something that absolutely opens my world up. They will never know how it has shaped me into a more whole woman. But, I am in constant gratitude for them.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

We have so much power by how we touch another's life. I pray this year I touch everyone in a positive way. Have a healthy, happy new year. Twyla

Terra said...

You remind me in this post of how we all affect other people in our daily doings, and of course we hope to buoy them up and not drag them down!
When I see a person who looks like they are in pain, even as I drive along the street, I say a quick healing prayer for them.
Our words and our prayers are powerful.
Sometimes when I am in the pool exercising I ask God to make the pool a healing place for everyone who is in it, and that includes me.

Libbie said...

It is good to think about. I think I need to make sure I write down a few "touch" goals for the new year & get busy! Since my 3rd babe has been born I am in this phase of life where I just am trying to get life back in balance (the third one really put me over :) but I think it is time to get back into the world & reach out again!

Jacqueline said...

A wonderful thought to ponder on, over the next few days, Koralee.
Hopefully, we all make a difference to someone, sometime, somewhere. I just don't think that we know it, which is right and proper.
Have a wonderful New Year's Eve and I wish you and your family everything that you wish yourselves in 2010. With love. XXXX

Cristie said...

What a true statement. Thank you for the gentle reminder of a simple reality that I believe in yet sometimes let slip to the back seat.

Morning T said...

Thank you for this incredible reminder Koralee. Tomorrow is a special day of reflection for me and my family and I will share your words with them as we embark on a new year.
Happy 2010!

Helen McGinn said...

I inappropriately touched my sister's chocolate and gin and now she isn't speaking to me. On the plus side, she'll be a little slimmer this new year, I'll be a little fatter. Karma, my friend, karma.... ;O)

Seriously though, so true. Your post has given me the opportunity to share this timely story with you; when holidaying in Canada in August, I gave a lad $20 who announced at the train station he needed the money to get home. Everyone ignored him but I went with my gut instinct. He asked for my address to pay me back but I gave him my email.

When he'd gone, I was berated by a woman with a small boy to murmurs of approval from others. I suggested to her that not all people are looking to buy drugs and that I went with what I saw, having dealt with students for many years and having a feel for the truth. I remember quietly asking her how she would feel in 15 years time if her wee lad couldn't get home and asked a stranger for help. I remember getting a tad teary, and heading for a different carriage, once the train pulled in. I felt bad for for letting people make me feel that way but still felt I'd done the right thing.

I received an email a month ago from a lady who asked for my address; she said she had something to return to me.

Guess what I received in the post yesterday?? A parcel filled with beautiful treats, a letter of thanks from the train station lad and a long letter from his gran, explaining the gifts and the lack of cash, obviously realising dollars would be no use in Scotland.

She told me the range of circumstances leading to this lad's moment with me and the events that happened afterwards, what could have happened and what did happen. Never have I felt happier about a decision I made. So yes, we do touch others, even if it doesn't seem so at the time.

Have a wonderful hogmanay, lass and all the best for the New Year ahead.

Helen xx

OceanDreams said...

Hopefully I touch my friends and family, but mostly I know that they touch my heart daily and you touch mine with your lovely blog!

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

Such a beautiful post Koralee...and a wonderful reminder.

Laura Trevey said...

It's a wonderful life ~~ One of the best movies of ALL time ~~

Happy New Year to you!!
Looking forward to 2010 ~~


FrenchBlue said...

Dear Koralee~
Not sure who I touch but I do know who you touch! All of us.... without you there would be less sparkle and flavors~~

Bunny, THE PARIS HOUSE said...

Happy New Year Sweet Koralee,
I have enjoyed each and every post of yours this past year..You have certainly touched all of us with your joyful creativity!! As far as who I touch and make a difference in, I hope it is my three sons and they will grow up to be kind gentlemen and make a difference in the world.

Two Shades of Pink said...

Oh, this post was for me today. I am in the throws of motherhood, trying to get through a tough season of "those ages" with my girls and depending upon a wonderful King who is intimately mindful of me. Yet, I want to worry about how I feel instead of remembering that all I do and say touches these precious lives; the babies He has entrusted to me. You have no idea how this has encouraged me. I found your blog just today and I am so glad I did.

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Koralee,

It is so lovely to have a friend like you.
You always share something really wonderful.
Thank you.
May you and your family have a wonderful year ahead with much love, good health, and many blessings.


Splendid Willow said...

Beautiful Koralee,

You are such an inspiration to so many people.(Just read all those lovely comments, girlie!) And in a world with billions of blogs -yours is one to follow and take to heart. I wish you and your beautiful family a fun, creative, happy and healthy 2010!

Much fondness, Monika

the wild raspberry said...

what a beautiful thing to consider.
have a very happy new year~

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

I like to think I somehow touch and bring a bit of joy to those I deliver Meals On Wheels to. They are mostly elderly, and don't get out much.

Rheea said...

You know what? You for one touches my life and I'm sure many others (just look the the number of followers and lovely comments in your blog!)! Thank you, Koralee, for all the wonderful insights, inspirations and beautiful pictures you've shared with us over the past year. I feel so blessed to have known you through blogging. Happy new year my dear friend!!! :)


The Owl's Closet said...

i just love the quote u posted from "It's a wonderful life"=) so very true! hope u had a wonderful holiday season!


Victoria Sayer said...

Just had to say, that I liked this post especially. I have not seen the movie, but you have encouraged me to seek it out, to view it.
Love your colourful photos and content in this beautiful blog.