My Favorite Mother Teresa Quote

3 Quotes in 3 Days Challenge

Today is my last post for the 3 quotes in 3 days challenge. I have really enjoyed doing these posts and hope you have enjoyed reading them! If you haven’t read Day 1 or Day 2 you can click the hyperlinks to check them out.

As a reminder, here are the rules for the challenge:

  1. Pick 3 quotes for 3 days and write about what they mean to you.
  2. Nominate 3 different bloggers each day.
  3. Thank the person who nominated you.
  4. Send the bloggers you are nominating a quick message so they can participate.

Today’s quote is from Mother Teresa. I believe I was exposed to this quote in my undergraduate studies in a church history class. If I had to pick someone to model my life after, Mother Teresa would be at the top of the list. She spent her life serving the poor, sick, and marginalized. I would recommend looking up some of her other quotes, especially if you are a religious person. They are little nuggets of wisdom, like this one:

Do Small Things With Great Love Mother Teresa Quote

Side note: You can find this picture by following my Pinterest profile Glimpses of Beauty and Hope and going to my Inspirational Quotes Board. 

Y’all, I absolutely love this quote from Mother Teresa. Because of my personality and values, it is important to me to share love, kindness, and hope with others. On a daily basis, we may not be able to extravagant acts of kindness or service, but we can “do small things with great love”.  As I have entered the adult world, I have begun to realize how small my human life is.  When I think about how big the world is and how many people are suffering, I become overwhelmed with the thought that my efforts to help alleviate that suffering are not even making a dent. However, you can make a difference in the lives of those you interact with on a daily basis-family, friends, colleagues, co-workers, etc. All it takes is a loving heart and a willingness to show love in little ways. I think little daily acts of kindness do the soul good and add a level of meaning and purpose to life. Quite a while ago, I wrote about Making a Difference in the World. You can check out that post to get some ideas of small things you can do with great love.

I hope this quote inspires you today!

For the 3 Quotes in 3 Days Challenge, I nominate:

  1. Erica from Warm as Pie
  2. Acire from Scribe’s Canvas
  3. Tammy from Mrs. Twinkle

Thank you all for reading!

-Lauren

3 Quotes in 3 Days Challenge-Day 3
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Dare to be Shiny

Hey friends! Today I wanted to share some motivation and encouragement with you about being a shiny person in a dingy world. I thought of this phrase “be shiny” to describe what I’m talking about a few nights ago when my mind wouldn’t shut off. Sometimes late at night is the best time for deep thoughts. Let me try to explain what I’m talking about: think of someone who brightens your day. Maybe they have a genuine care for others or an infectious joyful energy. I can think of one of my close friends who cannot be described as anything other than a shiny person- she is the most genuine and sincere person I know and when I spend time with her, I leave feeling better about myself and the world. My husband is shiny in his kindness, gentleness, and lightheartedness in the way he interacts with me and anyone he encounters. My sister is shiny in the way she fiercely loves her students and advocates for them. I believe there are bits and pieces of each of us that are particularly shiny.

My charge to you is to be shiny. Figure out the quality or qualities you possess that are shiny. Likely you have been complimented or encouraged for these traits before. Maybe you have the capacity to be extraordinarily patient. Maybe you love engaging in conversation with others and are an excellent listener. Maybe your passion for a certain population is what makes you shiny. Spend some time discovering that sunshine within you and let it burst forth and encourage others to do the same!

This post may be overly romantic or idealistic and pretty simplistic, but I say we could use a few dreamers in this world. I know I could use a little bit of hope and positivity in my life.

Be shiny today friends!

-Lauren

Dare to be Shiny

Making a Difference in the World

This afternoon before heading to work, I stopped by the Starbucks on campus for pumpkin spice latte, which is basically a cup of fall. While I stood in the Starbucks line, I was surprised to find Dr. Kent Brantly, the ACU alum who bravely fought Ebola as a missionary doctor in Liberia and who eventually battled the disease himself and survived, step into line behind me. As I stood in line, I was trying to think of something to say to Dr. Brantly.  I thought about just asking to shake his hand and then saying thank you. As the barista called my name and handed me my cup of fall, I walked away without saying anything.

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