Monday Morning Wake-Up Call

It all matters. That someone turns out the lamp, picks up the windblown wrapper, says hello to the invalid, pays at the unattended lot, listens to the repeated tale, folds the abandoned laundry, plays the game fairly, tells the story honestly, acknowledges help, gives credit, says good night, resists temptation, wipes the counter, waits at the yellow, makes the bed, tips the maid, remembers the illness, congratulates the victor, accepts the consequences, takes a stand, steps up, offers a hand, goes first, goes last, chooses the small portion, teaches the child, tends to the dying, comforts the grieving, removes the splinter, wipes the tear, directs the lost, touches the lonely, is the whole thing.

What is most beautiful is least acknowledged.

What is worth dying for is barely noticed.

Laura McBride, We Are Called to Rise: A Novel


Photo: Patty Maher, with The Red String. “Based on the Japanese legend that a red string ties us to all those with whom we will make history and all those whom we will help in one way or another.”  Laura McBride quote from A Sea of Quotes.

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  2. 💖 I ♥️ that. Couldn’t possibly comment on the maid’s tipping…. I AM everybody’s maid it seems 😉👩‍🔬

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  3. So very true. Sadly, think some today have lost sight of this. And I love the little tidbit about the red thread, pal. Fascinating…. Make it a great week! 😁

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  4. the distillation of every act as an offering, just for the sake of it

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  5. Wow – I love this..(and as an aside, I wear a red string around my wrist at all times)

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  6. Wow – very touching. Thank you for this! Didn’t know about the symbolic thread.

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  7. I am so deeply moved. Yes.

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  8. ❤️

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  9. Everything is connected and everything matters.

    Beautiful Monday morning read.

    I too did not know about the red thread — what a beautiful ritual and what a beautiful act of honouring to keep it tied Mimi.

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  10. How much more love there would be in the world if everyone did these little “nothings” that mean so much more.

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  11. What a wake up call

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  12. Beautiful. To make a conscious effort each day to remember this, that’s what matters.

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  13. Love in action…/// made me think of silver cord…
    Ecclesiastes 12:6-7 King James Version (KJV)

    6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.
    7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
    and You know how I love the work of Patty Maher who features some Red Heads…this one in the blue dress has Raggedy Ann doll, Red Straw Hair…

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  14. Love in action…/// made me think of silver cord…
    Ecclesiastes 12:6-7 King James Version (KJV)

    6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.
    7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
    and You know how I love the work of Patty Maher who features some Red Heads…this one in the blue dress has Raggedy Ann doll, Red Straw Hair…

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  15. Yes, this ! Exactly this!!

    reminds me of this book .. a good read, I might add

    ~ MJ

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  16. So agree Mimi. Thank you.

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