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Moving Ahead and Looking Back: Day 3

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

When we accepted the offer to sell our home and shared the news with friends, we were surprised and humbled by the kindness of those who wanted to give us a proper send-off. Amid the parties, gifts and kind words, I was given probably the nicest compliment I have ever received.

While visiting with a dear friend and thinking back over our time together, attending, then beginning a home Precept study in our neighborhood, she said, “I am really going to miss you.”

I replied that I would miss her, too, and that she was very special to me.

Then she said, “I am going to miss you because I don’t think I have ever known another person who is as interested in what I have to say as you are.”

Wow! I appreciate it if you like my hair or the way I decorate my home, but words like that can make anyone feel like they have made a difference to someone in this life. I think that was more a reflection of her sweet spirit than my worthiness, but those are words to take to heart. Words I want to strive to be worthy of, to fly as my relational banner as we get to know new neighbors and live in closer proximity to our children and their families. But those are words that I, and any of us, can start to put into practice today and wherever we are.

We live in a world of noise, but little communication; a world of activity-laden schedules, with little “face-time.” But saddest of all, we (according to the experts) may be raising generations who cannot access the words to understand, let alone share their thoughts and emotions with others.

We can’t change the course of our culture and we can’t take everyone to raise, but we can invite our neighbor over for coffee or take a long walk with our grand-child and just listen.

Nancy Shirah

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