SPREAD KINDNESS EACH DAY


May your dreams soar as high as the sky.

May you give your best without a sigh.

May you treat others with warm respect.

May friends help you more than you expect.

 

May self-doubt never become your friend.

May willpower sustain you ’til the end.

May each deep breath you take renew you.

May your path never make you feel blue.

 

May you grow wiser with each new day.

May folks be inspired by things you say.

May you pause each day to pray awhile.

May all your days end with a big smile.

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And most of all, may you be blessed for spreading such kindness with your family, friends, and strangers who have the pleasure to being in your presence.

Let us all try to make someone smile each day.

Tom Tatum – Author – 2019

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EVERYBODY IS SOMEBODY

Everybody is somebody to

someone somewhere, so when

you find your someone, try

to be a good somebody who

makes their someone feel like

they are somebody special.

You will then become their

special someone and both of

you will find joy somewhere.

Let 2019 be a special year for you to be a good Somebody to Someone Somewhere.

Tom Tatum – 2018

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE

It’s not hard to make a difference in the lives of others. Doing simple things can work wonders for those around you when you take a moment to react. Try it today and be a blessing for someone who needs you.

Tom Tatum – Author – 2018

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THANKSGIVING LOVE AND PRAYERS

A TIME IN LIFE to be thankful for family and friends, but most of all, to give thanks to Him each day for the love and grace that He gives to those who believe and have faith  in Him. To God be the glory, great things He hath done.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL

AND MAY YOU BE BLESSED!

Tom Tatum – Author – 2018

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GOD DOES WORK IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS

We are in a time in life when “HATE” seems to be the norm, so I feel the need to share what happened to me Monday 10/1/2018. I’m sharing, not to seek praise for such a small-insignificant gesture, but to show how God does work in mysterious ways.

I went to the post office Monday morning to mail a copy of my book, “If Tigers Were Angels” that was ordered Saturday. There were 23 people in the single-file line ahead of me and 3 behind me. Fifteen minutes later, there were 19 people ahead and 6 behind me (many others had looked through the glass door and decided to leave). I would normally have left also, but something “urged” me stay—I continued chatting with folks around me as we waited.

Then, it happened. A frail-elderly lady finished with the postal clerk at the counter and turned to walk out carrying a large box. I was in line near the exit door. As she approached, she was having difficulty carrying the heavy box. I stepped out of line and offered to assist her.

Her first comment was, “But you’ll lose your place in line.”

I replied, “That’s okay, Ma’am. I want to help you get the box to your car.”

I cannot imagine what she had in that box because it was definitely heavy. I placed the box in her trunk and told her to have a nice day. She acknowledged with a “Thank you so much, and you have a nice day too, young man.” Her statement made me smile—me, a young man?!? I don’t think so!

I went back to the line, which was now extending out into the lobby area—there were now 28 people ahead of me. Just as I was about to leave, a nice lady who had been 1 of 6 people behind me earlier, opened the door and said, “Come back in here, sir. We saved your place in line for you.”

I thought, “Wow! I didn’t expect that very nice gesture.” However, I’m not sure what the additional people now standing in front of me at that moment thought as I walked past them to my original place in line. The good news—no one said anything, nor did anyone take a swing at my head.

It was not a coincidence that while I was trying to mail a copy of my faith-based book that I found myself in the above situation. Normally, I would have been too impatient and walked out—but for reasons that elude me, I didn’t. I remained in line and did a very small act of kindness for a lady and was treated with kindness by others who were in line with me. All of this happened within a few minutes with people who did not know each other.

I’ve had numerous similar situations (all good) involving “Tigers” during/since writing my book. I know God has worked in mysterious ways in my life many times in recent years. He continues speaking to me, but I’m not sure of the path he wants me to follow. I will continue my efforts trying to understand His messages and look forward serving Him.

No matter how small the gesture is, try to do something kind for someone each day while not expecting anything in return. They will feel good and so will you.

May God bless you in all you do!

Tom Tatum – Author – 2018

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THE HUNDRED

The following is from the novel, IF TIGERS WERE ANGELS, as Ben, protagonist, has to deal with the realities of life.

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…I sat drowning in my sorrow thinking poor little me. Then a story my father once told me when I was a young boy came to mind. It’s a story about a father teaching his son a lesson. It’s titled “The Hundred” and he even gave me a copy of the story.

The Hundred

Son, pretend you have a quarter in your right pocket and a hundred dollar bill in your left.

I tell you to give the money to me so I can keep it safe for you, but instead of obeying me, you go outside to play and have a good time.

You’re busy running, jumping and tumbling with your friends. You’re foot loose and fancy free, without a care in the world.

In fact, you’re on top of the world because you have a hundred dollar bill and a quarter in your pockets. It’s the exact amount of money you need to go buy yourself that fancy new toy you’ve been dreaming about for so long. You’ve been saving a quarter a week for years and tomorrow will be the best day of your life. You’re going to the store to buy that toy and make your dream come true.

Then, you come back inside after a long day playing in the yard and reach into your right pocket, but the quarter isn’t there. You think, no big deal, so I lost a quarter. You think, I can get another quarter easily in another week and then I will buy the toy.

You reach into your left pocket and find that the hundred dollar bill isn’t there either. Now you panic. You run into the yard searching everywhere for that hundred dollar bill because it means so much to you.

You search for hours because you know you can’t easily replace a hundred dollars. Now, you can’t go buy the toy you’ve been saving for all this time. You realize that it will be many years before you‘ll have that much money again.

You ask yourself why you didn’t give your money to Dad to keep it safe. You kick yourself and you hit rock bottom. Your life, as you know it, is over. You can’t get any lower than you are at that moment.

You now have two choices. Put your big boy pants on and find a way to earn another hundred and a quarter as fast as you can, or sit there crying about it like a baby for the rest of your life.

What are you going to do?”

“But Dad, there’s a third choice. You can just give me another hundred dollar bill and a quarter and I can still go buy my toy.”

The dad looked down at his son, slid his glasses to the end of his nose, and replied, “Wrong! Good try little buddy, but that’s not one of your choices. I’ll give you an “A” for your thought process, but I won’t replace your hundred dollars for disobeying me. You must learn that there are no bailouts in life. You have to suck it up and move on or cry about it the rest of your life. Those are your only choices!”

At the time he told me the story, I replied, “If I was that little boy, I’d suck it up and move forward. I’m not gonna cry about it for the rest of my life.” It was years later that my father told me that the little boy in “The Hundred” was actually him. He had written it so he would always remember that his decisions had consequences. He never told me what he did, but I think I know the answer.

My father was right back then and I learned my lesson from that little story. If I ever mess up, I know there are no bailouts in life. Well, I messed up and lost my hundred when I lost my Grace. Now, I have to put my big boy pants on and move forward because I’m not going to cry about it for the rest of my life.

At that moment, I decided I had to start rebuilding my life. I’d hit bottom and was going to start looking forward to better times ahead. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but I also knew it couldn’t get any worse. Once you lose what’s near and dear to you, nothing else matters. You’re willing to try anything at that point and the risks are diminished by the magnitude of your new goal. I was ready to start living again and was determined to keep moving forward. I have many things to do before I stop to rest.

I got up the next morning with a renewed spirit, a new sense of worth, and the desire to make myself be the best person I could be. The chains of my anchors had been broken and I would start becoming the new me. I had faced the lions in the den and had been victorious, and nothing was going to stop me. I feared no evil and thanked God for guiding me through the valley of the shadow of death. I looked behind me and now saw two sets of footprints. I was walking on my own two feet and God was walking beside me, holding my hand.

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“The Hundred” presents a life lesson for many people in the world today who need to understand and accept the concept that their actions do have consequences. There will not always be someone around to bail you out in life.

Tom Tatum – Author – 2018

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EACH DAY CHALLENGE

Days—they come and go. There are times in life when we get into a rut with our daily-mundane routines that our existence seems to have no value. Each new day seems no different from the one before. We appear to be “zombies” who are unaware of our surroundings.

It doesn’t have to be that way…

If you find yourself in this type of humdrum existence, I challenge you to embrace an opportunity that will not only change your life, but will enhance each day for others around you. Do as many as you can each day and your rut in life will be a thing of the past. You will feel alive, and at the same time, you will brighten the day for others.

EACH DAY

Each day gives you opportunities to do these simple things…

… be the reason someone smiles.

… tell someone you love them.

… smile at a total stranger.

… say a prayer for someone.

… help someone in need.

… give someone a moment of your time

… listen to someone who needs to talk.

… rest so you can do it again tomorrow.

The question is, will you? I hope you will.

Enjoy EACH DAY and bless you as you take the challenge. You will not regret your decision to be a light unto others and it won’t cost you a thing.

Tom Tatum – Author – 2018

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