Like sponges

I HOPE to be more like my kids, a sponge for knowledge. I never want to stop learning in this life. “A grateful heart is like a sponge that soaks up God’s goodness.” -unknown. Today’s happiness challenge is to complete an act of service for someone else out of the kindness of your heart without any need for recognition. Dealing with entitlement on a regular basis with patients in the hospital has taught me how important it is to serve others. We are here, after all, for that reason and I think it gives us more than a good feeling inside. It teaches us about understanding and empathy along with not taking things for granted. I HOPE to pass this lesson down to my own children and to try and instill this concept in the people I serve. It is kind of like the story of teaching a man to fish rather than just giving him a fish. I believe in the importance of service to our heart and faith. In thinking further about the power of sponginess, what you do not need in your life anymore can be rung out and this way it may leave a little more room for all the good stuff to be absorbed. For me the ringing out comes when I hit a wall and am seeking guidance to change a negative focus. A few tears may need to be rung out before I can see that there is more to absorb.