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SOMEONE NEEDS YOUR HELP

Like many folks, you’re very busy. That is certainly understandable. Each day comes and goes as you go about your daily routine with barely enough time to catch your breath. You know the old saying — “so many things to do and so little time to get them done.”

It’s normal that we don’t pause long enough to see it, but someone in your sphere-of-influence needs your help — not every day, but often enough that you could make a difference in his or her life.

Sometimes you just need to pause a moment and take a good look around. I bet you will identify someone who needs your help — your support — your shoulder to lean on. When you do, please prayerfully consider being proactive by doing the following:

Don’t wait to be asked…

offer in advance,

Don’t sit down when needed…

stand tall and serve.

Don’t ignore tears of others…

wipe them with kindness.

Don’t talk if words won’t help…

listen to their silence.

For there may come a time in life

when you are the one who needs

the support of others.

Yes, you can make a big difference in the lives of others if you are willing to try. What are you waiting for — do it!

May your kindness and caring be a blessing to others.

Tom Tatum – Author – 2019

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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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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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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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UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

Some pictures truly are worth a thousand words, and this one ranks high on the list of those that do.

The unconditional love portrayed in this print (Who Do You Love) by artist, Fred Morgan, warms my heart twice each day. The print hangs on the wall of my bedroom, so I have the pleasure of seeing it first thing every morning and last thing at night.

Every brushstroke radiates kindness, tenderness, and warmth between old and young. The rugged exterior of the man seems to belie the delicate beauty and innocence of the children. Yet, that contrast actually allows the warmth of their hearts to explode from the surface of the canvas in a perfect expression of unconditional love.

You see, I am the grandfather of five and this print serves to remind me how important it is to share the same unconditional love with my grandchildren as this “ole man” is doing—and it works.

I hope the print has this same effect on you. If it does, I encourage you to visit the website below to view more of Mr. Morgan’s paintings. Each print depicts warmth, kindness, and love.

https://www.art.com/gallery/id–a2213/frederick-morgan-posters.htm

Enjoy every moment and have a great day—share some unconditional love!

Tom Tatum – Author – 2018

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MAKE A DIFFERENCE EACH DAY

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Tom Tatum – Author of Inspirational/Motivational/Faith-Based Novels

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WAVES OF KINDNESS

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Tom Tatum – Author of Faith-based Novels

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GIVERS AND TAKERS

Professor Stevens stood at the front of his classroom, nodding to each student as they entered the room for his 8:00 AM math class. As the last of the two-hundred students sat down, the smart screen on the wall behind the professor started flashing GIVERS AND TAKERS. The students began whispering to each other, wondering why the professor was displaying such a sign in his math class.

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A loud voice from the rear of the room bellowed, “Professor Stevens, I think you have the wrong graphic displayed on the smart-screen. This isn’t a sociology class—um, is it?!?”

Inquisitive whispers turned into laughter at question. Professor Stevens smiled and replied, “Danny, I’m happy to hear that you think you know where you are at this early hour. I believe there’s hope for you yet, my boy” as the laughter increased a few dozen decibels.

“No, Danny. This isn’t a sociology class, but I want to share an important experiment with all of you today. If you prefer to use math terminology, think of the graphic as PLUSES AND MINUSES in life. I’ll have questions at the end of the lecture, so listen carefully. Your answers may play a significant role in your final semester grade.”

With that comment, silence suddenly filled the room.

Professor Stevens’ Experiment

“I have recently observed many down-on-their-luck folks sitting on sidewalks displaying signs requesting help from strangers who were walking by. You know—signs such as ‘I’m Hungry! Please Help!’ or ‘Need $ For Food’. The vast majority of the strangers walked past briskly, ignoring the signs and those seeking help. Most of them walked past near or in the street and some even looked away to avoid eye contact with the downtrodden individuals.

“I started thinking about this and decided to conduct a little experiment to see how people would respond to me in a similar situation. I dressed in old-tattered clothes and sat on the sidewalk of a busy street on two sequential Fridays. The weather on both days was the same—nice. I displayed one sign in front of me each day.

“On the first Friday, my sign read, ‘I’m Feeling Down! Please Help!’

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I was asking complete strangers to help me. Although I didn’t say what kind of help I needed, the vast majority of folks looked away, choosing to ignore me. They responded similar to what I described to you earlier. After sitting quietly for four hours, I had collected a whopping $1.36 in my little tin cup. The money came from three individuals who were dressed just like me. They had very little to offer materially, but they gave what they could with a smile, and even offered a few kind words of support to me. The nicely dressed individuals who passed by had much to offer me materially, but they elected to give me nothing—not even a kind word or a simple smile.

“The sign I used on the second Friday was, ‘Shake My Hand – I’ll Give You $10’.

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I was offering something to strangers for a simple gesture, a handshake, and the outcome was completely different this time. Folks were drawn to the sign and me. By the end of the first hour, I had given away $360. Thirty-six people, all dressed in nice attire, stood in line waiting to shake my hand for a $10 bill. Some were likely among those who ignored me the week before. One of the gentleman who contributed $0.53 to me the first Friday stopped by again. He shook my hand, but I couldn’t get him to accept my ten-dollar gift. He wished me well and then walked away. By the end of the second hour, an additional seventy-five people had paused to shake my hand. I ran out of $10 bills at that point and left. By the way, those who received a $10 bill did not thank me, nor did they offer a smile.”

As Professor Stevens ended his lesson, the smart screen displayed, “GIVERS AND TAKERS – WHICH DESCRIBES YOU?

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“Okay, Danny, since you so bravely challenged whether this was a math class, here’s a math problem for you. How many people received $10 from me?

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Professor Stevens’ simple experiment offers many points for discussion—some are obvious and others, not so much. Sorta makes you think about where we are today as a society, doesn’t it?

Are you a TAKER? Well, we all are at times, but we don’t have to be that way in all cases. Consider being a GIVER sometimes. It’s easy to do. Share a smile, speak kindly to someone, or simply do something nice for others—such things don’t cost you and you just might brighten someone’s day.

If you are a GIVER in any way, thank you. You are a blessing to others and just aced Professor Stevens’ math class. Congratulations!

Please share your thoughts on any points about Givers/Takers that interest you.

Bless you and have a nice day!

Tom Tatum – Author – 2015

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