“But blessed are your eyes, for they see:
and your ears, for they hear.”
~ Matthew 13:16
On Tuesday, I could
hear in Vonne's voice that she really REALLY needed to see
me. She was worried. There were no openings. I told
her to come over at noon today. I'd see her at my lunch hour.
Her roommate drove her
over. Vonne wanted her to meet me. I felt like I
already knew her, as Vonne had spoken well of her last time we
were together. As we met, I could see immediately, that like Vonne,
she is a kind woman who exudes inner beauty.
We attended to the
problem, and thank goodness, all was well. No crisis. Just a test
of patience and faith.
Then Vonne gifted me
with a compliment I shall treasure: "I told her
that she had to meet you. In your lifetime, I told
her, you will never
meet another more beautiful and caring."
All three of us knew
that she wasn't talking a wit about physical beauty. And this
coming from one
of the most beautiful and caring people that I have met.
I graciously accepted
the compliment, not for myself, but for God's Presence in
me. I let them know that every day I give myself away,
inviting God to wholly use me for a Higher Purpose.
"Thy Will, not mine." The beauty that shines through me
is not mine, but entirely God's.
Vonne sees God peeking
through me, as I see God peeking through her. I love it
that she is gifted with eyes that see, really see.
Vonne presented me
with a huge platter of home-made oatmeal and raisin (my favorite),
Russian tea and sugar cookies. She is a master baker; these were no ordinary cookies. They were filled
with Vonne's love and beauty.
As I admired the array
of individually decorated cookies, I realized that she had spent
hours baking cookies them. How sweet is that!
Surrounded in Beauty,
we all three embraced.
Jim is my
accountant. And he was patiently waiting for me as I
attended to Vonne. Jim and I are each other's clients.
Lucky Jim, lucky me,
as we both had first pick of Vonne's beautiful cookies before we
shared the platter with the rest of the office. We got to
visit a bit, catching up on a milestone that he has reached in his
career and his daughter Gina, who is now in veterinary school (I'm
so proud of her!).
Jim and I have known
each other for almost 20 years. He was a guest lecturer at my
college. He was the college's accountant.
Straightaway, I saw his beauty.
And maybe he saw mine,
as he accepted me as his client and proceeded to help me make my
wildest dreams come true. Twelve years older than me, he was
soaring high in his career. With Bob, his attorney who
became mine, they swooped down, picked me up, took me under their
wings, then stuck wings on me, taught me to fly by their examples,
and pushed me off the ledge.
And I flew!
Clumsily at first, but I flew.
Back then, I was a
babe in the woods finding my way. The work was hard. The
hours were long. The resources were limited to nil.
But I never minded, as the gifts of opportunities had come
effortlessly, thanks in large part to Jim and Bob. I had to do my
part, and do it to my utmost best, just as they had done.
These days, I know
what soaring feels like. I've learned from the best.
As the boss of his high
flying firm, Jim's job was never easy, but you'd never guess
it. He is a trusted and trustworthy
professional. As someone who has mastered The Positive
Attitude, not only for himself, but for his family and all he
encounters, he is ever buoyant, always encouraging. I think
of Jim's smile, and I am uplifted.
Jim has eyes
that see...and twinkle.
"Life is a Gift."
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