DSCN2152I don’t have to tell you how bad things are in our world today. It’s broadcast loud and clear for anyone who is listening and watching. But in the midst of all the chaos and suffering, a lot of loving is going on as well! I am amazed at the generosity we humans are capable of. We just love to help others in any small way we can and in most cases it’s the “little things” that really count! I’d like to share with you today one of those “little things” that has blessed my life in the past week.

As many of you already know, my husband was recently laid off from his job of 15+ years. It has been especially difficult for him, I guess because as the head of the household he feels especially obligated to provide for his family, even if that means just me and himself. I try to encourage him to be positive but sometimes I don’t feel so positive myself. At our stage of life, we are thinking retirement, not unemployment!

It was during one of my “not so positive” moments that I received an email from a dear and very special friend I met on the web. Pam, also known as Screaming Mimi has been through some extremely difficult times and through it all I have yet to hear a word of self-pity come from her mouth! She has a wonderful blog in which she will make you laugh a lot and sometimes cry a little. She has been such a joy to me and I would heartily advise all of you to pay her a visit! Be sure to tell her that I sent you!

Now, back to the email Pam sent me. She had received a copy of a great book called “50 Ways to Feel Great Today” to review and one for a giveaway on her blog. I didn’t win her giveaway but after hearing of my difficulties, she took it upon herself to get a copy and send it to me in the hopes it would cheer me up. Is that sweet or what?! Thank you Pam! This book has some wonderful strategies to help anyone beat stress, worry and the blues. I would recommend this book to anyone who is going through stressful situations.

Receiving this special gift from a special friend was the highlight of my day! Sometimes, all we need is to know that someone genuinely cares about us and what we are going through! They may not be able to take away our problems but just knowing they care somehow lifts the clouds a little higher and let’s the sun shine through! Thank you again Pam, not only for the book but for being the wonderful person that you are. I hope one day to be able to meet you in person and give you a big hug!

Emily

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