“Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality.” Viktor E. Frankl
Inspiration: Grandma’s Special Brand of Love… farming, trading and spreading love
It is a blessing to have others believe in us and encourage us. Some people have the good fortune to be born into families where love and support is a given and some don’t. However, whatever our lot, if we met or knew even one person who at some point in our lives believed in us, we are truly blessed.
In life, there are always people who make us feel extra special; people who applaud us wholeheartedly and treat us with dignity and respect. I call them angels of light. If you are fortunate to come across such a soul in your lifetime, appreciate the gift and give thanks with all your heart. I previously shared this on my Positive Kismet blog and felt it was appropriate for the WP Daily Post prompt on – someone who believed in you – because I knew that this would be another opportunity to share part of my paternal Grandma‘s story and spread some of her light and love…
“To love another person is to see the face of God.” Victor Hugo
Inspiration: Grandma’s Special Brand of Love… farming involved all of the family…
My paternal grandmother was such a blessed soul. She had spent all her life in the village where my father grew up and she worked extra hard; she farmed and traded livestock and crops every day of her life until she went blind from glaucoma in her late 70s. She made sure that her last child, my dad, went to school and got an education because the missionaries assured her that he would be able to provide for her, in her old age, if he got an education.
Years later, my dad was able to honor his mother’s dreams by providing for the extended family household she had managed all her life. She was a hard working woman and fussed over us, her grandchildren, with great pride and joy. What I remember best about Dada, as we called her affectionately, was her warm smile and the tender way she held my hand when I spoke to her; always assuring me, in her soft voice, that my ideas were valid and that everything would be alright.
“Love is the basic need of human nature, for without it life is disrupted emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically.” Karl Menninger
Inspiration: Grandma’s Special Brand of Love… thinking of grandma’s loving support
Dada was small and feisty and … she had a heart of gold. Perhaps my optimism was inherited from her as I don’t recall her bemoaning a bad day or terrible weather for more than a minute, then off she would go to share a hug, tell a funny story or simply pass on much needed advise to a member of our extended family.
She passed away when I was in High School and because I was abroad, I couldn’t go to her funeral. I didn’t get a chance to say a proper goodbye and that made me sad. While she was not necessarily the first person who believed in me, she had a huge impact on my life and I cherish the time I spent around her. I miss her warm smile, her wisdom, her sense of humor but above all, I miss how she made me feel.
What about you? What are your thoughts? Is there someone in your life who believed in you and made you feel special? Have you had a chance to thank them? Do share! Thank you.
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Who was the first person who believed in you?
Positive Motivation Tip: Love is a synergy and comes to us in all forms; as we receive we must remember to give to others.
Until Next Time…
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