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Love is enough!
I am fortunate to be able to interact with and touch many lives. As a writer, speaker, and instructor, I get all kinds of feedback from others. Most of the time the comments are delightful. Occasionally there is one that jolts me a bit but I do listen to the criticism. I know it will make me better, especially if it’s given with love.
But that isn’t what this is about. It’s about the praises! I’ve received emails, thank you notes, texts, social media accolades and personal compliments. I’ve been told that I inspire and motivate others. People have come back to me after months or even years of hearing me speak and tell me that something I said helped them through a tough time. This tells me they can see that little light inside and it lifts my soul!
I delight in seeing smiles, hearing laughter, and even seeing tears because of something I’ve said. Knowing that I have been used to positively affect someone else with my words inspires me like nothing else. I want you to know, YOU inspire ME! You bless me! You make me a better person! You are my inspiration and I want to thank you. Thank you for opening yourself up to me. Thank you for being kind enough to let me know that you were moved in a positive way. Thank you for the love.
Here’s the really important part; You inspire everyone around you! You shine! You don’t have to be a writer, speaker or instructor. Just live your life and share your joy with others. Your life is your message! You never know when you will touch a life in a positive way. It kinda works like karma; whatever you put out there will come back to you. You will be blessed every time you are a blessing!
We don’t know our future. None of us knows what tomorrow will bring. There are no guarantees it will come. But we have today. So, what are you doing today? How are you spending your time? Are you so wrapped up in what’s going on in your life that you never see the people around you? Are you taking time to love and share your light?
We all have responsibilities, jobs, bills, children and spouses that demand our immediate attention. In reality, we have to go to work, take care of the kids and pay the bills or there will be very undesirable consequences. It’s easy to fall into a mode of reaction rather than one of planning and action. Sometimes we feel it’s all we can do to take care of those basic things but it’s essential that we find the way to shine our light on others as we go about our days.
You may think; how can I possibly spend time shining my light on others when I’m left in darkness at the end of the day? Sometimes it takes giving away your light to realize that there are endless reserves if you just look in the right direction.
If you are in a place where you feel you have no light to shine then you are probably in a hole. You have sunk into a pit where you can’t see past the things that occupy your mind. All you can see are the walls that surround you.
It’s only when we escape that pit and get out of our own heads that we understand that we had the abundance of light all along. It’s inside us. We all have it. It was always there, within us! All we need to do is look up to see it.
Recently a friend shared with me how a brief conversation we had almost 2 years ago helped her. She was going through cancer treatments at the time and something about our conversation inspired her. It’s interesting because although I do remember talking with her, I can’t recall what I said. To me, it didn’t seem all that significant, but to her it’s a good memory. I had no idea that it was something that helped her. I am so thankful that I took the time that day to speak with her.
Take the time for seemingly insignificant acts of kindness because simple things can generate untold inspiration and encouragement. Sometimes it may be the pure act of sharing a warm smile, opening a door, giving a warmhearted hug or even having a short phone conversation with someone that makes a huge difference their life.
Look up and find your light! You have experiences and perspectives that nobody else has ever had and only you can share your journey in the way that is uniquely yours. You may never learn how much you help someone by shining your light on them but I promise, if you do it, you will make an extraordinary difference in someone else’s life.
I feel like birthdays are the one day that it’s okay to let it be about me. So many of us are motivators for others. It’s what we love and what we spend our lives doing. We seldom allow others to give to us. It almost feels selfish if we do. I think on our birthday, it’s allowed! It’s our time to be loved on, motivated and inspired.
One of my favorite things that I do every single day is to reach out to others on their birthdays and wish them happiness. It isn’t just an exercise that I go through. I really do think about people on their birthdays and truly wish them the best. Social Media has made it really easy to keep up with people as it has also expanded my circle of “friends”.
On my journey over the last 6 years, I have been honored to connect with so many special people who I now call friend. So many of you have been there for me with kind words, inspiration, advice and motivation just when I needed it. You may not even be aware of how much you’ve helped me but you have kept me going.
Today I am blown away by all the wishes I have received. I’ve gotten a love note, cards, phone calls with Birthday songs in more than one language, texts, emails, Facebook posts, private messages, LinkedIn messages and tons of love. All the positive vibes and energy coming my way truly overwhelm me.
I am very aware that some of the messages have come from people who are hurting, lost jobs, lost loved ones, are stricken with disease and suffering in so many ways. The fact that they have taken a moment to think about me on my day is so very humbling. It is an honor to have friends like this.
I say, “thank you” to each of you. You have inspired and touched me and all I can hope to do is somehow reciprocate. I sincerely care about all of you and wish you the best of everything in your life! You are INCREDIBLE!
Today, I was just arriving home, when my good neighbor, Grandma Janet, as we call her, called me to take a look at her new curtains. I had plans to go straight to my home office and tackle my “To Do List.” I thought I’d go for just a few minutes. She asked if I wanted something to drink and I said; “why not?” We sat, we talked, we looked at pictures and we enjoyed the moment of a rainy day viewed through her breakfast room window. It was time well spent!
I have to say that I love going to her house! Let me tell you why. I once had a Grandmother who loved me very much. I was the apple of her eyes! The thing is that we lived together and even though I have great memories of her, I never got to experience “going to grandma’s house.” Going to Ms. Janet’s is what “going to grandma’s” is. Every time I go to her house, I’m not particularly thirsty or hungry, but she always has something we can sit at the table with. What I love the most is enjoying her cookie jar collection, her “Gone with the Wind” collection and her nursery rhyme characters collection. All these things are proper of a grandmother.
It is easy to talk to someone when you have time, but sometimes we need to free our time to talk to someone. It’s not about having time. It’s about making time.
Those are the little things that matter! Making time to enjoy someone’s company, a cup of coffee or just a conversation on a rainy day.
Never be too busy for the people you love. Never allow pursuits or possessions to become bigger priorities than our relationships.