I had an email from someone who told me a little about himself and his family, and then wrote something remarkable: "Tell me about you."
That's a very powerful phrase. How often do we go about our daily lives without ever really connecting with the people we meet along the way? Do we ask people how they are doing? More importantly, when we do ask the question, do we wait to hear the answer, and do we care about the reply? That short sentence in this particular email made me think about my level of engagement in the lives of those around me, and made me resolve to pay closer attention to those I deal with every day. My email was from someone who I have never met, but their simple act of asking about who I am made me believe that they care. It's a special talent to make someone feel that you care, and it's something worth cultivating within ourselves. Never forget that our words and actions have an impact on others, and a simple remark like, "Tell me about you" can show people that you are a caring person, and can make a difference in someone's life.
A couple of pictures from the deck:
And for a couple of great pictures of our wild turkeys, go to Ken's blog. A couple of weeks ago, I saw 50+ turkeys in our back yard, and Ken saw them again today--one even flew up onto the deck railing, and I haven't seen them do that for a while!