Thursday, September 27, 2012

Celebrating the difference you make


 My sweet friend Kaera is one of the most thoughtful people I know. She dives into serving others instead of letting hardships get her down and she's had more than her lot.

I have been the recipient more times than I can count of this great service. She used to run a very successful deli before recently changing to a different position and any time I even let on that I was in need of some extra love she was there. If Brian was sick there was chicken noodle soup, rolls, and an assortment of desserts. If I was dragging there were lemon bars-sometimes industrial sized pans of these treats at my door and I would savor each and every one of them. My kids have been adored and spoiled by Kaera numerous times...The list goes on and on.

One of the gifts I received from her is a book titles "Because of You. Celebrating the Difference You Make" Don't you love that??? It has tidbits and sayings that can enlighten and brighten your day.

These are some of my favorites:
Encourage each other to become the best you can be. Celebrate what you want to see more of.

Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of little things.

In the end you can only teach the things that you are.

The best minute you spend is the one that you invest in people.

The last one makes me think of my dad. He was the master people person. He made everyone feel unique, special, and uniquely special to him. I actually said those very words while speaking at his funeral. It was the truth. He found the BEST in people. He didn't enable people by thinking so highly of them, he brought out the best in people because they wanted to live up to the standard and level he had placed them on. That make sense? I wasn't the rebellious type. I was Mike Akin's daughter and he thought so highly of me I didn't want to disappoint.

His life motto was "To love ALL people, in ALL places, at ALL times" I think that saying right there is the quote that didn't quite make it in this book but sure should have.

1 comment:

Tom Laffy said...

I can say without a doubt that this is something you have definitely inherited from your father. You are the epitome of his life motto, even if you don't realize it, and I guarantee not only is he smiling down on you but he is totally bragging about you to everyone he meets in Heaven :)