Turn Around Tuesday

Charlie Brown: This little green one looks like it needs a home.
Linus Van Pelt: I don’t know. Remember what Lucy said? This doesn’t seem to fit the modern spirit.
Charlie Brown: I don’t care. We’ll decorate it and it’ll be just right for our play. Besides, I think it needs me. “– A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Our next installment from the classic Charlie Brown Christmas identifies two of the most important things we can do this time of year – recognize real value and offer ourselves where we are needed.

Often, things get a bit hectic. An understatement, maybe? At any rate, when we move too fast, assume too much, or cut too many corners, it is very possible to overlook the little things. A little green tree maybe? Not as flashy as the rest. Maybe it isn’t as strong or as obvious – but special all the same.

It is also the time of year when needs come to light in a special way. Families separated, friends in different time zones, people feeling alone. The festivities of the season are joyful to many and difficult celebrations for others.

I am sure none of us need to add one more thing to our to do list – but I am betting we could. In fact, I am going to push the envelope and suggest two. Find that small thing that deserves to be valued and cherish it. Reach out to that one person who could really use the friend. I am thinking that these are two things that will make the rest of your list far more joyful and rewarding.

Love the Feedback

Last week we talked about turning talk into conversation. This week, we talk about feedback.

I love thoughtful feedback. It shows a genuine concern for others. Kinda like being told you have broccoli in your teeth – you don’t walk around with and you are very appreciative.

I got a bit of feedback last week. “How about putting the quote at the top. If it’s the basis of the article, I’d like to be able to read it first.”

Phenom idea so I am going to try it. I’d love to hear what you think about the small modification – and any other ideas that have been roaming around in your head.

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