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#492: A Friendly Heart? Well Admired?

Sunday, June 19, 2011

I decided to treat myself to a "not a father" dinner at Golden Corral emoticon this afternoon. I looked forward to their buffet and arrived at 4:00, figuring I'd miss the 5:00 dinner celebration groups. Wrong! I took one look at the line and headed for the Chinese Buffet down the street where I was pleasantly surprised that the lunch prices had been carried over for dinner in honor of Father's Day. emoticon

After eating (and still staying within my calorie range for the day emoticon), I eagerly opened the proffered fortune cookie. I was stunned to read: "You have a friendly heart and are well admired."

Now, I don't know about the well admired part but I hope the first part shows through. It seems having compassion for others has always been a deeply-ingrained trait. I often wish to win a lottery so I can better help those in need, those who have lost their homes to fire or natural disaster, their clothes, their children's toys, car, everything gone in an instant. How great would it make me feel to buy them a new home or clothes or toys for the little ones or a car? Wouldn't that surely make me proud? Could I have been any more conceited?

Tonight, though, when I read that fortune, I realized the scenario of riches is likely not ever going to happen. What I also understood in that moment was that I can offer financial help when I can, but what may be more worthwhile is to offer a kind word, to encourage others to dream big and to follow their dreams, to lift them up in prayer and keep them in my thoughts. emoticon

Yes, being wealthy and helping others get back on the feet is a lofty goal but practically speaking, having a friendly heart, a caring heart, a compassionate heart and opening that heart to those in need may be worth more than lottery riches. And it is something I can do and am eager to do.

We may be "only" Internet friends but I consider all of you as real friends, not fake friends or somehow lesser friends because we have not met in person. When one of you hurts, I hurt, too. When one of you cries, I also shed tears. And, when one of you succeeds, I cheer for you.

Riches? I may not have them but I hope I have shown you a friendly heart. Heaven knows you have shown me one. emoticon
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    Lou, I'm joining a long line of fellow-Sparkers who know how big your heart is, and how loving, caring, and sharing you are - to humans and 4-legged critters as well.

    You offer tremendous insights, and your caring for others is so obvious to us all.

    I thank God for you; for who you are and for your sharing of yourself.

    I think God made sure you got that particular fortune cookie...and you're generous to share your experience with us.

    3543 days ago
    Lovely blog, Lou...and you ARE rich in ways that people like billionaires will never attain: in grace, mercy, kindness, compassion, acceptance and a friendly heart. emoticon emoticon
    3543 days ago
    Like Paul said: Silver and gold, have I none, but such as I have, give I thee. He didn't have a lot of money, either, but what he had, he shared. You give to those within your reach so very much, Lou, of your kindness and wisdom and wit. I agree with your fortune!
    3543 days ago
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    oh darn lou you got me crying now!!

    I consider you a true friend as well!

    3543 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    I think the fortune hit the nail on the head - you truly do have a friendly heart and are well admired by so many of us here at SP. Your kindness shows through your blogs, and you have an amazing insight into human nature
    You may not be a father in the literal sense, but you always offer the best "fatherly advice" and have also been a surrogate father to many a 4-legged critter (more proof of the kind heart you have).
    3543 days ago
  • CHARMIN944
    That fortune was right on! What I admire about you is your blogs. I really look forward to them. I'm glad to have "met" you, Spark Buddy! - Susan
    3543 days ago
    Yes, it DOES show! You're a very sweet guy and I'm glad to be your friend!
    3543 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    One thing we ALL know about you Lou, You Have a Heart of Gold.

    Our heavenly Father owns the cattle on a thousand hills and we are RICH INDEED!

    It's the good heart in you, the kind words and good deeds, that will bless others the MOST!

    Thanks for being MY FRIEND! We will have to do the Golden Coral or Chinese one of these days! Before years end?

    Happy week my emoticon
    3543 days ago
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    If you had gone to the Golden Corral, you wouldn't have written this specific blog. I'll bet you would have found something loving to write about as seen at the other restaurant too.

    Cuz that's the kind of guy you seem to be. I'm glad you are a helper and an encourager!

    3543 days ago
    Lou, I can't begin to tell you what a wonderful, special friend to me you are! And in so many ways! I am so grateful for your kind heart and friendship, and I hope you know that! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon All the money in the world can't measure up to a true friend!
    3543 days ago
  • ERIKO1908
    Just as it is the little changes we make to get us to goal, it is often the little bits of kindness that have the greatest impact on someone in need. Just keep doing what you do, Lou...you are thoughtful, kind, generous AND well admired EVERY day!!
    3543 days ago

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    3543 days ago
    Lou, I always look forward to reading your blogs...they always make me stop and think. I have also thought of the number of people I could help if I won the lottery. Helping others brings joy to my life. I can't speak for anyone else, but I consider you a real friend...one who cares deeply for others and consistently shows your friendly heart. I wish everyone could have at least one friend just like you!!!
    Continued blessings and hugs,

    3543 days ago
    You are not only an excellent writer, you are a sweetheart. I look forward to your blogs for so many reasons, one being they are consistently thought provoking. Your warm disposition is an ever lasting presence and you are absolutely admired in the spark community.
    3543 days ago
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