I’ve written quite a bit over here about how the smallest act can make someone’s day. I’ve even gone so far as to challenge you to an act and even made some recommendations.

Sunday a little girl and her ‘Tiggy Wiggy’ made my day and I’m still thinking about it. Her tiny act is still something I find myself still thinking about this morning and feeling her goodness. So I thought I’d share it with you.

I serve on the guest services team at my church, North Point Community Church as an usher once a month. Yesterday was not ‘my week’ but they needed me and I was happy to help out.

IMG_2235For a variety of reasons I just needed a hug yesterday. You know those days when you feel a little fragile and an extra hug is just nice. The last several months have been tough for me. And before I got out of bed yesterday I received a message from a friend that one of our friends had passed away. For a brief moment I thought I about just staying home. Candidly, I thought about walking Rainier and then crawling back into bed and spending the day crying. Mike was super sweet and his response was I want to do whatever you want. So after a few minutes I took Rainier for his morning walk put on my guest services t-shirt and we headed out.

I had only been ‘on duty’ a few minutes when a little girl 4, her mom and a huge stuffed tiger wrapped in a blanket came down the aisle. It was cold yesterday in Atlanta and that tiger needed a ‘coat’ like she and her mom. She kicked up a conversation with me. I asked her if that was Tigger she had in her blanket and she quickly said ‘no’. She then proceeded to unwrap the tiger and share with me that she had gotten him on Saturday and she did not have a name for him yet. I said ahh I see. I asked if I could hug him and without saying a word she put her arms around me with the tiger in between us.

After our hug she said ‘my brother called him ‘Tiggy Wiggy’ this morning and I am thinking that might be his name. What do you think?’ I said: ‘I kinda like Tiggy Wiggy but it’s what you think.’ She said ‘I kinda like it too.’ My response was: it’s all your call. But if that’s what you like I say go for it.’

I then asked can I give you and Tiggy Wiggy another hug before you head off? And she threw her arms around me with Tiggy Wiggy between us and hugged me tight.’ So tight it really moved me. Her mom gave me a grin and said thank you. I thought….seriously? I wanted to say thank you! Instead I said y’all have a great week and if you find you need a seat come back and I will get you a good one!’

That tiny moment just a few minutes I find myself still thinking about this morning. That little girl and the few minutes of goodness have been such a blessing to me. It made my day yesterday and now I find myself enjoying it today. Man am I glad I decided to get out of bed and serve. If I hadn’t I would have missed that tiny moment. Who knew that little girl could serve up that kinda goodness that leaves me feeling so special 24 hours later?

I probably won’t see that little girl and Tiggy Wiggy again I still feel the need to say thank you for the goodness you extended me Sunday…you made my day!

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Here’s another chapter in my kind and generous series. This story, simply, is about one of my dearest friends who’s been more than kind and generous to me. A simple thank you doesn’t in any way, shape or form convey how grateful and blessed I am for her. And so, without any further ado or intro, here we go!

I was out to dinner with one of my dearest friends, Meredith, and mentioned to her that I was kicking about the idea of moving, and before I could get any further, she jumped in with a ‘yes you should!’ I then started to say how tough it would be. Again she jumped in with three words. ‘We got this!’

My first thought was – really? I’ve lived there a long time; there’s a lot of just ‘stuff’ and even quite a bit of cleaning that would need to be done before I could officially say ‘I’m out.’ However from that moment on, she became a constant source of encouragement and reminder – and even more on the days when I felt like it would just be too much. Always those three words: ‘We got this!’

We thenwe got this spent more than a few Saturdays going through just about everything I have. She was careful when I was going through things not to push me about what to keep, what to throw away, what to donate or offer to our friends. Every one of those Saturdays, from early in the am to late in the afternoon, it was pack, toss, donate or share.

And more than just helping me pack up, she offered to help me move in to my new place! She and I have a long history and lots of shared stories, giggles, tears and just plain fun, so it was even more fantastic that she was willing to take this on with me.

During the course of that time, I had some good days where I could see the end – and some bad days – a couple in particular – where candidly, I felt overwhelmed and just wasn’t sure we could get through it all. Through every minute, Meredith kept reminding me ‘We got this!’ Ya know, it’s one thing to get everything done but there’s quite a bit of extra cleaning that needs to happen for the next person/persons/family starting a new chapter here…and always those three words from Meredith…’We got this!’ She never let me for even a second believe anything else.

During all of these Saturdays, Meredith came ready to do what needed to be done. Often she came with the plan. On every one of these days, she showed up just happy to help. She gave up so much of her time; helping me was keeping her from spending time with her family and pups. She never once complained; she always came almost excited to help with this huge undertaking, and she would always remind me: ‘We got this.’

So here we are, just a few weeks out and here I am, settling into my new place – and there is no way in heck I’d be in this new place without Meredith. Oh, my dear sweet friend. There’s no way I can thank her enough! She is a person I’m just blessed to have in my tribe – someone without whose kindness and generosity I wouldn’t be starting a new chapter. So, yes my dear friend – We did it!

These are just six words that have me starting a new chapter – one that I’m excited to begin, and see what it brings. Six words that just might encourage you to start a new chapter as well:

‘We got this!’

‘We did it!’

Oh, yes, and just three more….Thank you Meredith!

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

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