Posts tagged ‘people’

The Gift

by: Rebecca Taylor

**Published by Praise Writers in 2014**

God sends special people to make the sun shine brighter.
Steadfast love blossoms like a floral bouquet
and stays fragrant year round.

Gifts hide in life’s tests–
millions of tiny blessings wait to be discovered.

Gods sends special people to brighten our lives
and extend bouquets of love in numerous ways.
Look upward and praise God.

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Connected – The Importance of People

by: Rebecca Taylor

I often find myself commenting on how small the world is. Usually, this comment comes when someone comments on family/friend connections. For example, you might meet someone whose mother was your great aunt’s bridesmaid and upon seeing your name or asking about your parents, it leads you to this connection. Connections run deep.

This same principle may be stated in the world when it comes to people feeling their worth. I believe that each person is important regardless of what job they do. Take this scenario for example – it is Monday morning, you wake up late to realize that you are out of coffee, and you know that you cannot make it through the day without your caffeine fix. You get in your car and go to the closest drive through where you order your preferred blend. You have now dealt with your first person of the day, the employee at your coffee shop. He or she could be anyone – a student, a mother or a previously employed factory worker who took the job to pay the bills. The background of this person doesn’t matter to you; you’re just happy that you now have your coffee and can get to work.  As you sip your coffee at a red light, you realize that the gas light on your car is on. You have to remember to fill the car on your way home tonight. Thank goodness for the station attendant around the corner from your job, because you hate having to pump it yourself. This is another person with what is considered a minimum wage job helping you out in a day.

You arrive at the four star hotel where you are fortunate enough to work in customer service. As you enter the building you are greeted by people leaving – they are the nightshift. These hotel employees keep the enterprise running while you are home asleep. They do a variety of tasks which include checking in or out clients, handling baggage and providing security. Without them, your job could be a lot harder. You look at your watch and head for the elevator, you have a meeting to attend, and it is on the eighth floor. The elevator operator asks you where you would like to go. He ensures a smooth traffic flow throughout the day. Due to your location near a busy city airport, the hotel is always bustling with people.  At your meeting, you listen to several points of view from the different departments including housekeeping, laundry and food services. What each person has to say is important because if there is a problem or concern in any of these areas, it could mean that guests are less satisfied. It is the cleanliness of the rooms and the quality of the food in addition to the friendly service which gives the hotel its good reviews and the hotel relies on these and returning guests.

Your meeting finally ends and you return to your office your mind swirling as you think about what your co-workers had to say. You turn on your computer and get to work. You are interrupted several times by the ringing of the telephone – the people on the other end are from all walks of life – clients with comments on customer service, salespeople confirming your orders of complementary products like pens and candy and a cake decorator who wants to finalize details for a retirement party for a long-time hotel employee. Eventually, the clerk from the mailroom comes in with a stack of correspondence for you. She also checks to make sure you have enough office stationary to complete your notes and letters.

By the end of your day, you’ve talked to so many people, all who have made some sort of impact on your day. Some of the encounters might seem insignificant but if you put everything in perspective, you realize that everyone you meet plays a role in your life. Sometimes, it all makes sense like the fact that someone has to do all the jobs that some people consider menial. The next time you are somewhere and see someone washing a floor or picking up the garbage, I hope you think twice, because can you imagine the state of our infrastructure if we didn’t have these people working for us. Without these people, no one would want to stay in a hotel or shop in a store or do a variety of other activities.

Sometimes, you meet people and you cannot understand why – these can be the people who treat us badly or make us feel bad. Do we really need them in our lives? I bet you wish that you didn’t have to deal with these people, but the truth is all of us will encounter these types of situations at some point in our lives. These people teach us things – but sometimes it is hard to know what – but I think we meet them because we need to learn how to stand up for ourselves, or to learn acceptance, or patience.

The world is full of connections both good and bad ones. It is how you deal with each situation that is presented to you that is important. We should all treat everyone with respect regardless of what job they do, how much money they earn, what colour their skin is or what religion they practice, because we are all connected, we all live on planet Earth and the more we are willing to take the time to be kind, the better we can make our world. It just takes one person at a time to make positive changes.

Gratitude in Life

by: Rebecca Taylor

The call for submissions to a magazine a while ago gave me the opportunity to reflect on a lot of things in my life – of the people who I have met along the way, of the path I am currently on and the places that it leads. As the administrative assistant at the front desk of a senior’s home I deal with dozens of people in a day – both in person, on the phone and through e-mail. While some encounters may seem insignificant, I’ve learned that even the smallest tasks can have a big impact on the lives of other people – to dispel loneliness, to find someone the information that is going to make their day easier. The simplest thank you can make a big difference and change someone’s day and a smile may be the sunshine in the rain.

 

We can complain all we want about certain things in our lives, but the truth is that everyone is dealing with something. It is so easy to wallow in “me” but it is the little reminders that pop up all around us that help us see that maybe things are not so bad. We have many choices which we can make – one of which is to accept a situation and move on from it. This is a lot easier said than done sometimes for a lot of reasons – maybe because moving on means that we are leaving some people behind, or that they are leaving us behind. Some friends are only really with us for a certain period of time, we may try to keep in touch and we read each other’s status updates on social media – keeping us in the loop of events in their lives – their weddings, the birth of their children, the deaths of pets and people close to them, but our own lives and kilometres may separate us and we lose touch. With some people, we may be grateful for the time we had with them. With the more difficult people we encounter in our lives – we can either become annoyed or take it in stride as an exercise of patience.

 

Everyone comes into our lives for a reason, we have to be grateful for the time we have with the amazing ones and if they leave us – because their time had come to take a different path or God calls them home, we have to realize that they didn’t abandon us, but left us with memories to warm our hearts. When we think of these people, and smile, or hear their voices in our dreams, we know that we have been given gifts. Instead of being angry that these people are no longer in our everyday lives, we have to be thankful for the time that we had together. It is often our outlook that can make the biggest difference in our lives. Brian Tracy an American author said, “ Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” If we can try to be thankful for the things that happen to us, for the chance to live a life surrounded by kind people or memories of them and beauty which sometimes surprises us in the most amazing ways, we can take on life. Gratitude and positive thinking walk hand in hand helping humans to open doors to amazing possibilities in this journey known as life.

 

 

What Matters

by: Rebecca Taylor

****I wrote this in June 2013 and believe that it is important that we all consider this****

There are important issues to consider in the world – things of concern, yet if you read the news, you will see that it is full of fear and pettiness. However, the problem is that the ridiculous conflicts are infringing on some people’s human rights. Language is an issue, but I don’t think it needs to be. There is absolutely no reason why in Canada we cannot all live in harmony. It is the conscious effort we all make to communicate that is important. I consider myself bilingual (English & French). English is my first language but when I went to school I began to learn French in kindergarten. I can carry on a conversation with most people in French and if I do not know I word, I can speak “Franglais.” Many French Quebecers that I know try to speak English and if they do not know a word, they will say it in French. We manage to get the point across and that is what matters. Why are we fighting about one language needing to be larger on signs? Are we not all equal? There have been so many fights to be equal over the years – rights involving gender equality, skin colour, religion and sexual preference. It’s actually quite simple if you stop and think about it, we are all human beings. The next time you go to introduce yourself think about this fact. Where we come from is a part of our history and I can honestly say I like my small town roots, the history of my province and of my country but if it comes down to an argument of who am I, the best answer might just be “a person.” Let us stop the arguing and make a pact to get along. We should not allow a few people to cause pandemonium. We need to step up and say enough. Money and valuable resources are being spent to enforce language laws yet there are problems with our roads, our education and healthcare systems. Would these funds and human resources not be better used in places where they can benefit everyone?

Rosa Parks said, “Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.” I say, let us join together and overcome our differences. We are all equal; we are all unique human beings who have much to offer this world, if we stand up and get it done. One step in front of the other will lead us down the road where we want to go, let’s start and we will build bridges as we go to make anything possible. There is a Kenyan proverb that says “Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.” Let all humanity be that bundle. Someone also said, “TEAM=Together Everyone Accomplishes More,” let these wise words be a lesson to us all. If we are all willing to set aside the pettiness and the fear, we can make good things happen. Things that matter. I believe it’s possible to make positive change, do you?

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Just The Two (Part Two)

Continuation of last weeks post (Just the two (part one))

“Hey, get off me!” the boy cried, trying to push her away. “I said, Get off me!”

She smiled, rubbing her cheek against his like a mother would. A few seconds in, and several curious stares later, she let him go, still smiling.

The boy frowned, but it held much less hostility than before. “What’s that for?”

She wanted to say it was because he looked like he needed one, but she knew his pride would force him to react negatively. Instead, she simply said, “Because.”

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Just The Two (Part One)

Part one of two

This is a short story I wrote, based on various childhood memories, and lots of creativity. Enjoy~

She came across the young boy at the park, scrapping at the dry dirt with a stick. If this had been years ago, when she herself was his age, she would understand why he was here, alone, and not spending his time with other children on the slides or swings across the way. Then, most of the fun areas had either been neglected or overrun with children much bigger than herself, playing basketball in the courtyard on the side. But years had passed, and the park was once again the perfect place to race around with friends, or hang from the long metal poles like monkeys. So why wasn’t he?

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What are People Saying and Should You Repeat It

This week I decided to share an article that I had written with you. Feel free to comment or share. Thank you.

by: Rebecca Taylor

Communication can be a great thing but sometimes the wrong messages are being sent out. In this age of social media, e-mail forwarding and just plain talk around the town; certain problems have been known to arise. While it can be great to be interested in other people’s lives – sometimes things get out of hand. Rumours tend to pop up – and they can be hurtful. Some rumours are simply misunderstandings because someone didn’t get the whole story, or through the telling the details got skewed like a game of telephone that children play in elementary school. However, some people seem to derive pleasure from making up things and spreading them around. I would like to remind everyone about the importance of getting the facts right before talking about someone else. Before you spread something around – think about the other people involved. Is what you are planning to say going to cause harm, difficulties in relationships etc. Some rumours lead to allegations which could lead to slander.

George Washington said, “Serious misfortunes, originating in misrepresentation, frequently flow and spread before they can be dissipated by truth.”  Think before you speak because while the story might seem interesting now – what if you were on the other side? It is too easy to speak before we think.

For the person dealing with the effects of the rumour – it can be extremely difficult and in some cases severe emotional and relationship difficulties can take place. If you think it is important for someone to know a rumour for whatever reason – you need to think carefully. Sometimes, a rumour can easily be sorted out by going to the person that the rumour is about but this could be problematic as it would mean letting the person the rumour is about – know that there is a rumour and this could cause hurt. This gives us a vicious circle. Shana Alexander (journalist) said, “Trying to squash a rumor is like trying to unring a bell,” so once something is out there, the stigma may be long lasting even though there is little or no truth to what is being said.

We are all responsible for bettering our own lives and that of our communities – rumours are not helpful – they cause unnecessary aggravation. If we all make a conscious effort to think about whom and what we are talking about, we can help minimize the effects of idle gossip. None of us want to be the topic of a rumour and we don’t want the people that we care about to be either. It’s time to take back the conversation by considering what people are saying and should we repeat it or at least question it. You cannot believe everything you hear or read.

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